The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) – Review

The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) – Review

By Henry Brown – 1/10

Tom Six’s 2011 celluloid abomination needs no real introduction: the BBFC’s publicised initial refusal to provide certification gave the film far more media coverage than it deserved. Blatantly using notoriety to sell an otherwise poorly crafted feature, The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) offers nothing but the ability to shock and revolt, in a most unsubtle, mentally-insulting fashion.

Plot is thus (with spoilers): Loner nutjob Martin (Laurence R. Harvey) has become obsessed with The Human Centipede (First Sequence) and endeavours to recreate the surgical monstrosity in a rented warehouse. After kidnapping the required victims, Martin applies some shoddy DIY skills to forge the most low-rent, bungled horror creature I’ve had the mis-fortune to see. Considering Martin has the same mental faculties as a village idiot, his plan ends up botched, with the creature dead and a live centipede chewing its way through Martin’s rectum.

There really is no point criticizing The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) for its repetitive narrative, horrendous lack of acting talent and absence of subtext. This film was only ever about over-hyping a series of grotesque images for the short-term win of audiences watching out of morbid curiosity. This lazy approach to film making will ultimately yield no real career benefit to Tom Six (who wrote, directed and produced the movie): after witnessing this pile of offal, I’m pretty sure studios and audiences alike will be staying clear of future projects.

Of course, you could argue that horror film makers in the ‘70’s and ‘80’s used similar shock techniques to court audiences and several directors actually did consistently well from it (especially in the Italian horror field). The difference was that those older films contained far more narrative originality and style than The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence). Take Lucio Fulci for example: though his films boast some of the most stomach churning gore scenes, the movies themselves were generally interesting in their own right, even without the sick stuff. Even something as unpleasant as Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom retains an extremely powerful and important narrative message that goes a long way to justify its graphic scenes of torture, rape and fecal obsession.

In contrast, take away the gore and scat in The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) and you are literally left with nothing. This is a pity considering The Human Centipede (First Sequence) avoided being explicit while still driving home a horrible concept, all in an entertaining tongue-in-cheek fashion. A flicker of future horror talent has now been extinguished by what is essentially an example of greed overshadowing film passion. Christ knows what the third film of the series will bring: Tom Six has stated it will ‘make the last one look like a Disney film’. So more extreme crap then.


About filmfellahenry
Film reviewer, script writer and occasional painter. Fan of Lumet, Aronofsky and Kubrick, with a good measure of early John Carpenter thrown in. Particularly like post-apocalyptic sci-fi, horror and fantasy film genres.

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