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Legitimately creepy (and crawly) with a timely message regardling the possible horrors born of global warming (and not your usual 'flooding and erratic severe weather' bit either). It was far from fantastic, but the acting was good, the special effects were decent, and the overall sense of unease made the movie worth the watch.
If you're into body horror then you'll surely enjoy this one.
I must admit that I had heard and read quite a bit about this film before actually committing myself to watching it. The premise is indeed shocking and truly horrifying, but as said by many other's it ends up being little more than torture porn. There are some truly infuriating instances in this film where characters make horrible, albeit completely predictable, decisions. It's also rife with horror tropes: For instance, the two girls blow a tire while driving through the middle of nowhere in a foreign country. It's a rental, mind you, so it's reasonable to assume there is a spare tire. Both girls admit to not knowing how to change a tire, thus all but saying "there's a spare". So instead of actively *trying* to change the tire they decide to try to walk to find help. This is after they discover that OF COURSE there is no cell service. To be fair one of the girls explains "there's always a signal!" So, no one can change a tire, their cell phones are not connecting and they are in the middle of nowhere in a strange land where they don't even speak the language. Now bear in mind they're in the woods, but currently on a road. What would you do in this circumstance? That's right, wander off into the woods! They do just that, become hopelessly lost and then stumble upon the mad doctor's house. Thus begins the horror.
What saves this movie from B-rate absurdity however is the brilliant performance of Dieter Laser who plays the deranged doctor who is the villain of the film. He pulls off creepy insanity superbly.
Ultimately a rather cliched film, riddled with predictable behavior and poor decisions upon the part of the characters, Human Centipede is saved from banality by one of the most sincerely disturbing villains I've ever seen.
The only thing that saves this film from complete banality is Jonny Weston's performance. He pulls off 'brooding and traumatized' rather well. The guy who plays the father does a fair job as well. The major problem with this film is that it takes so.... very.... long to get rolling. The last ten minutes are exciting. Everything before that? Eh. Not so much.
I experienced a number of "why the hell would they do THAT?" moments while watching this film as well as some times when I could not help but laugh at the absurdity of it all. The concept is promising. The execution falls somewhat flat.
But, if you're looking for b-rate horror, you could do worse.
While I enjoyed the first 3 films (to varying degrees) I have to say that this latest installment does little to add to the series. There's really nothing new here (aside from most of the camera footage being taken from laptop cameras). There are a few genuinely creepy moments but nothing extraordinary. And the ending? Well... lets just say I spent some time cussing out my television.
I have to say this film was absolutely fantastic until the last 15 minutes or so. I've always thought that any time you've given a full and complete visual of the ghost/monster in a film the entity loses some of it's terror. It's what is imagined or unseen that is truly frightening. Creepy as hell to begin with. Kinda get's cliched and goofy at the end however. Sill, I'd recommend it.