The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)

Critics Consensus

The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) attempts to weave in social commentary but as the movie wears on, it loses its ability to repulse and shock and ends up obnoxious and annoying.

29%

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22%

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Tom Six's internationally controversial follow-up to the original cult smash, The Human Centipede: Full Sequence ups the ante with a brute force unparalleled in motion pictures today. -- (C) IFC Films

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  • There are echoes of David Lynch's Eraserhead during the more scary, nightmarish moments but Six soon resorts to shock tactics.

    Nov 4, 2011 | Rating: 2/5
  • This wearisome sequel to the yucky cult shocker, by Dutch horror maestro Tom Six, brings the Human Centipede franchise straight to what can only be called its "Godfather 4" stage.

    Nov 3, 2011 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • In stark contrast to the original's cool, clinical horror, Martin's cack-handed creation of the arse-to-mouth creature is played for cheap, sick slapstick laughs.

    Nov 1, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Nigel Floyd

    Time Out
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  • All Six is going for, with the generous application of both hardware supplies to the skin and feces to the camera, is a tired commentary on his shallow talents: They're excremental.

    Oct 13, 2011 | Rating: 0/4
  • This is tension-free torture porn, whose perpetrator's actions aren't just banal and consequence-free, they're endlessly justified by an abusive back-story.

    Oct 12, 2011 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • The film is reprehensible, dismaying, ugly, artless and an affront to any notion, however remote, of human decency.

    Oct 8, 2011 | Rating: 0/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)

  • Jul 09, 2015
    Just endlessly vile for no reason. I need a shower.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 10, 2014
    Tom Six manages to create a disturbing atmosphere using a black and white cinematography and wide angle shots, but this awful sequel drags forever with not enough material to fill 90 minutes and most of it is so vile and sickening that it just overwhelms whatever merits it has.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 25, 2012
    ** out of **** Let's be real and honest for a second: "The Human Centipede" wasn't nearly as bad as the media made it out to be. Tom Six's contribution to the "torture porn" trend of horror had a pretty twisted idea going for it - a cunning German surgeon who drugged and kidnapped three tourists so that he could tie them together ass to mouth in order to create a single digestive system - but there's no denying that the idea itself was the only thing remotely twisted about the whole affair. As a film, it was pretty inoffensive in that it showed pretty much as little as it possibly could for a film about what it's about. We gave Tom Six a lot of power by reacting as strongly to the thing as we did; the film wasn't even that good. So he's went and made a sequel, because the true gorehounds were disappointed by the first one and the critics were so easily offended. "The Human Centipede II" is obviously a fuck you to those who thought the first "Human Centipede" was too much. This is pretty much what we thought Six's first go-round with his nasty little premise was going to be; sick, repulsive, inhuman, and not afraid to shy away from all the gruesome details. It's going to piss off a lot of people (the BBC had threatened to ban it at one point and there are several cuts due to the content being tough to, ehem, digest); and in just a few scenes, you could say I'm one of those people. But I remain unmoved. A play on the movie-going gimmick "It's just a movie", the film presents a world - just like ours - in which the first "Human Centipede" is literally just a movie. But it ends up in the wrong hands; those of the short, pudgy, and possibly mentally retarded Martin (Lawrence R. Harvey, in a demented performance), a shy little man who watches the film over and over again while he's working by day at a parking garage tollbooth. Through the film he finds sexual and intellectual enlightenment; and we learn that he wants to make Dr. Heiter's sick fantasies his reality. So he starts killing unfortunate innocents in the garage and bringing them to a warehouse that he basically stole from a guy after he murdered him. The film is surprisingly engaging for about the first half, but nonetheless morally repugnant throughout. We get a glimpse of Martin's grim home life; as it is (he lives with a sadistic mother who conspires to murder him and then herself) and as it was (Martin was molested by his father, repeatedly, as an infant). One of the most distressing scenes comes when Martin's mom knocks on the ceiling for the musicians above to stop playing their loud music, provoking one of the band mates to come down and beat the shit out of Martin when mother blames him for her action. Then, Martin is able to set every part of his plan in motion. He murders his mother, kidnaps Ashlynn Yennie (star of the first film), and proceeds to staple mouths to assholes. The unfortunate truth of this film is that it keeps piling on fucked up scenario after fucked up scenario. Martin masturbates with sandpaper, rapes a woman with barbwire around his penis, a woman gives birth to a baby in her car and then crushes its skull when aiming for the accelerator, and you don't want to know what one of the escaped victims does with Martin's pet centipede. The film is trying too hard to be gross. It's shot in color but converted to black-and-white with some truly interesting cinematography (that catches footage of weird and gross things) that retains a sort of beauty throughout; but who am I kidding, this isn't art. It's just Tom Six trying to get reactions and for the most part succeeding. He shows talent in some areas and none in others. There's no suspense here, no character development; it's just kill after kill, with the more offensive scenes being the only ones that aren't boring. Sorry Six, but I'll be sleeping nights regularly regardless of whether I've seen your film or not. No way is something this mediocre and desperate going to work itself into my sub-conscious. You and the self-proclaimed "hardcore horror fans" deserve each-other.
    Ryan M Super Reviewer
  • May 17, 2012
    So I saw the first film after all the hype and talk about it being really nasty and shocking, and like many films throughout the years I was scoffing at how rubbish those claims were. Original in terms of the idea yes but hardly shocking, more bizarre, and you didn't even see much. Now we have the same issues all over again with the sequel, only this time its all completely bloody true I tell ya!!! Let me start by saying I have never felt quite so uncomfortable whilst watching a film since I saw the original 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre'. Right...so after I scrubbed my eyes and took some deep breaths I was able to clear my mind (kinda) and write about this errr film. I use the term 'film' loosely as this really does come across as director Six's own personal horror fetish fantasy. To be honest it is actually quite a unique piece of work and one could almost say its very arty or indie of sorts, apart from the gut wrenching gore of course. The film is in black n white which does give it a stylish approach, it also makes it more unnerving and leaning towards more realism. Add to that is the clever idea of virtually no dialog but mainly sound effects, the lead character does not speak one word, he merely grunts, squeals, cries and moans in very disturbing ways. There is of course some dialog from various characters but its very short and to the point, no messing around here no sir. The other thing about this film is the fact its not connected to the original in any way AND it shows the events of the first film as just that...a film. The main character in this sequel watches the first film on his laptop as an inspiration for him to carry out his own agenda, so the first film never happened in this franchises universe. Ashlynn Yennie who played one of the victims in the first film returns in this sequel as herself, so this sequel is basically in the 'real world' where as the first film is a film, fantasy/fiction. At first I didn't like this idea as it reminded me of 'Wes Craven's New Nightmare' where Englund plays himself but after getting into the plot I think its a pretty ingenious way to go for the follow up, complete U-turn and makes it more interesting for sure. Another plus point I must say is the casting of unknown Laurence R. Harvey as 'Martin Lomax'. Now this guy looks incredibly scary, spooky and quietly mental, he's short, disgustingly fat (his belly is a sight to behold), odd frog-like eyes and a receding hairline that's been made to look all greasy and demented. The way this guy just stares without blinking, his facial expressions when he gets upset, angry or excited just unnerve you BIG time!. Six did well in finding the crazy German Dieter Laser who looks like an evil Nazi scientist character type straight out of the videogame 'Wolfenstein', but he has outdone himself finding Harvey, how or where beats me but this guy is fudging creepy!. A big fat child like psycho who enjoys pain in rather eye opening ways. Of course the plot is totally dumb with some plot holes you could drive a Land Rover through. The fact that people are getting shot and bludgeoned all over the show and no one hears or see's anything ever and how on earth this nut job manages to do all this on his own isn't worth going into really. The film cuts to and fro a lot leaving it up to you to imagine how he did this and that or moved someone etc... Its all about gore and shock value here folks, you do see nudity both male and female, you do see the lead character play with himself (you will see his little fireman), there is plenty of blood and head bashing, teeth smashing with hammers, tendon cutting of the knees, throat cutting, bullets to heads, force feeding, injections of laxatives, people eating excrement and seeing it dripping from mouths as they do, stapling faces to asses, hints of child abuse, crooked abusive doctors, harsh British language, parent killing....need I continue? This film is actually so graphic the BBFC would not allow it unless it was heavily cut, I saw the uncut version and I can understand why, seeing the death of a new born baby by having its head crushed!? yep its pretty hardcore here folks. Very dark, very bleak, seedy, murky and very sadistic. On one hand its very original and highly imaginative as a horror/gore flick, but it hasn't got the psychological or realistic vibe that the original 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' had. Its still very close to the bone and works well to make you uneasy, the sound effects alone will make you shy away in places believe me. Very nasty as Six delivers with his promise of more gore but you have to give kudos for the way he approaches it.
    Phil H Super Reviewer

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