Wednesday, 14 July 2010

The Human Centipede (First Sequence)

After my previous reviews of sickest films (Sal√≥ and Aftermath) reader and friend Nick suggested I take a look at this one “The Human Centipede (First Sequence)”. My first thought is that the title is going to be a real pain in the arse so from now its called Centipede. Live with it.

If you didn’t know better you would say that the entire concept of Centipede was hit upon during a drunken bar conversation about child molesters…oh hang on… it was. In the movie Mantrid from Lexx kidnaps 3 people to make himself a human centipede, joining then from anus to mouth using his surgical skills. This is the depth of the film.Did anyone order two sluts?

What follows that here is some running, screaming, awful acting by very pretty women and some rather poor effects work. To knock the effects work may seem unfair but for me this is the major failing point in the movie. The concept is sick, it has horror movie “legs” and given a good budget would have made an interestingly fresh film. The effects are unconvincing though as we never get to see the direct connection between the victims. Yes there are skin darts as seen in the trailer but this seems more of an attempt to show that they are joined then anything else. Throughout you KNOW it is an effect and these people are not really joined, there is no real effort to convince otherwise.

Oddly the film bordered on funny rather then horrific and there is absolutely no real feeling for the plight of the victims. The last girl is living on twice eaten faeces but we never really get to address the horror of that. The concept never really becomes anything but a concept and the film suffers from this lack of suffering.vlcsnap-2010-07-13-21h29m43s187

In all the film is not as shocking as some would lead you to believe and certainly has the content to be so. Its a strange little number and, if it is remembered, will be looked back upon as “that fucking weird film”.

Paul Out…

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