Release Date: September 23rd, Fantastic Fest 2011, Austin, TX, October 7th (in limited theaters)
Studio: IFC Films
Director: Tom Six
Screenwriter: Tom Six
Starring: Laurence Harvey, Ashlynn Yennie, Dominic Borrelli, Georgia Goodrick, Lucas Hansen, Emma Lock, Dan Burman, Maddi Black, Katherine Templar
Genre: Thriller, Horror
MPAA Rating: Not Available
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Plot: Martin is a mentally disturbed loner who lives with his mother in a bleak housing project. He works the night shift as a security guard in an equally grim and foreboding underground parking complex. To escape his dreary existence, Martin loses himself in the fantasy world of the cult horror film The Human Centipede: First Sequence, fetishizing the meticulous surgical skills of the gifted Dr. Heiter, whose knowledge of the human gastrointestinal system inspires Martin to attempt the unthinkable.
Description of the film according to the BBFC
This new work, The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence), tells the story of a man who becomes sexually obsessed with a DVD recording of the first film and who imagines putting the ‘centipede’ idea into practice. Unlike the first film, the sequel presents graphic images of sexual violence, forced defecation, and mutilation, and the viewer is invited to witness events from the perspective of the protagonist. Whereas in the first film the ‘centipede’ idea is presented as a revolting medical experiment, with the focus on whether the victims will be able to escape, this sequel presents the ‘centipede’ idea as the object of the protagonist’s depraved sexual fantasy.
The principal focus of The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) is the sexual arousal of the central character at both the idea and the spectacle of the total degradation, humiliation, mutilation, torture, and murder of his naked victims. Examples of this include a scene early in the film in which he masturbates whilst he watches a DVD of the original Human Centipede film, with sandpaper wrapped around his penis, and a sequence later in the film in which he becomes aroused at the sight of the members of the ‘centipede’ being forced to defecate into one another’s mouths, culminating in sight of the man wrapping barbed wire around his penis and raping the woman at the rear of the ‘centipede’. There is little attempt to portray any of the victims in the film as anything other than objects to be brutalised, degraded and mutilated for the amusement and arousal of the central character, as well as for the pleasure of the audience. There is a strong focus throughout on the link between sexual arousal and sexual violence and a clear association between pain, perversity and sexual pleasure. It is the Board’s conclusion that the explicit presentation of the central character’s obsessive sexually violent fantasies is in breach of its Classification Guidelines and poses a real, as opposed to a fanciful, risk that harm is likely to be caused to potential viewers.
Director of the BBFC, David Cooke goes on to say:
“It is the Board’s carefully considered view that to issue a certificate to this work, even if confined to adults, would be inconsistent with the Board’s Guidelines, would risk potential harm within the terms of the VRA, and would be unacceptable to the public... The Board considered whether its concerns could be dealt with through cuts. However, given that the unacceptable content runs throughout the work, cuts are not a viable option in this case and the work is therefore refused a classification.”
Australian Teaser Trailer -- Sept 5th
Official Teaser Trailer -- Sept 7th
Official Theatrical Trailer -- Sept 26th
[release][h2]A More Perfect Union: Tom Six Discusses ‘The Human Centipede II’[/h2]
//Source NY Times
[sub]Laurence R. Harvey and Ashlynn Yennie in a centipede-free scene from “The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence).”[/sub]
It is entirely possible — maybe even likely — that you know the plot of Tom Six’s horror movie “The Human Centipede (First Sequence)” without having seen a single frame of it. After receiving a modest theatrical release in the United States last year, the film has become a cult sensation as a video-on-demand offering and been referred to on mainstream shows like “South Park” and “The Colbert Report” because of its simple, memorable and thoroughly unnerving premise: a mad doctor who surgically combines three human captives into a single organism by stitching them together, mouth to anus.
[sub]The “Human Centipede” director Tom Six.[/sub]
Mr. Six’s sequel, “The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence),” about an obsessed “Human Centipede” fan, Martin, who tries to recreate the original movie’s “experiment” in a dingy London warehouse, is already notorious, weeks before IFC Films plans to release it on Oct. 7. When it was presented over the summer to the British Board of Film Classification, the equivalent of the Motion Picture Association of America, the board refused to give it any rating at all, meaning that the movie cannot be shown or sold legally in that country. Explaining its decision, the board said: “There is little attempt to portray any of the victims in the film as anything other than objects to be brutalized, degraded and mutilated for the amusement and arousal of the central character, as well as for the pleasure of the audience.” It added that any further editing of the film would not make it acceptable for presentation.
That hasn’t dissuaded Mr. Six, a 38-year-old Dutch filmmaker, who plans to open “The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)” at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Tex., on Thursday and is preparing to make a third and final film in an anticipated trilogy. He spoke with ArtsBeat recently by phone from Amsterdam, and in these excerpts from that conversation, he discusses the making of the “Human Centipede” movies and his reactions to the British ban.
Q. Where in the world did the idea for “The Human Centipede” come from?
A. One day I was watching television with friends, and there was a really nasty child molester on television, and as a joke, I said they should stitch his mouth to the [rear] of a fat truck driver as a punishment. And everybody was laughing. But that idea kept coming in my head. I thought, that’s the ultimate horror.
Q. Once you’d written the script, did you find it at all challenging to cast the film?
A. It was a real hell to get the actors. We did the casting in New York, and so many actors refused when I told them the idea. They thought I was a European nutcase. So many left, immediately. The smart ones, they stayed. They wanted to know more. We came to the moment that they had to sit on their hands and knees, very close to a butt in front of them, and then, again, so many girls dropped off, because they couldn’t do it. They went to acting school or whatever, and they thought, “My God, do I have to show this to my parents?”
Q. The film has since insinuated itself into pop culture in all kinds of unexpected ways. Did you see the “South Park” episode that parodied the movie?
A. Oh, yeah. It’s amazing. It’s an honor that they did that. It’s so cool, if people make parodies out of your film. They made a porn version in L.A. It’s amazing.
Q. The term “torture porn” is often used to describe contemporary horror movies like “Hostel” and “Saw.” Would you be offended to see “The Human Centipede” labeled “torture porn”?
A. I don’t have any problem with that, because I actually like the term. I see porno films, of course, and I like them, I have no problem with that at all. And there have been so many horror films, and that’s all torture and misery. That’s the genre. I kind of like that they combine it. I think my film is a torture porn with European art sauce or something.
Q. By giving the first “Human Centipede” the subtitle “First Sequence,” you were already indicating more movies to come. So what do you do for an encore?
A. I made Part I very much psychological. A lot of things happen in your head and you don’t actually see it on the screen. In PartII, I really wanted to make it more graphic, show everything that I didn’t show in Part I. Because I see so many horror films that have a sequel, then the sequel fails because it’s like a copy of the first one. Most of the time it’s not better, or it’s not original, and then it fails. When I was doing promotion for Part I and starting to write Part II, so many people at festivals all over the world, they said, “What if some maniac out there tries to copy your idea?” And then I knew that’s exactly the idea I must pursue.
Q. Was that a genuine concern of yours, that someone might see “The Human Centipede” and try to duplicate it in real life? Do you have to exercise restraint in your films because of these kinds of possibilities?
A. No, I think as a filmmaker, film is of course art and entertainment, but as a filmmaker you’d never be restricted by what might happen. You’re creating a fantasy. It’s all fake and make-believe, of course. And if some crazy person out there copies something from a film, that person is already insane. So it could have been anything that triggered him. I think artists should never worry about that, and just make the thing they want to make.
Q. Did the reputation that you’d earned from the original “Human Centipede” make it easier or harder to get the sequel made?
A. The production process was oh so much easier. As you can imagine, when we did the castings for the people inside the centipede, so many actors wanted to be in there. At the auditions they came in and they sat on their hands and knees right away. “When can I start?”
Of course, the villain was more difficult, because people who’ve seen Part I really admire Dr. Heiter, and that’s what I really didn’t want. I want the complete opposite of Dr. Heiter. I had this very specific character in my mind for the Martin character, and I saw a lot of people but none of them made it. And when Laurence came in, I thought, my God, that’s him, that’s him. He looks amazing. And then I asked him to rape a chair.
Q. Really? Why?
A. Because I wanted to see, is he capable of giving it all as an actor? That’s very important for me. And he did it, and he did it so convincingly and he had no shame whatsoever. And I thought, that’s it, that’s the guy.
Q. How much of your shoot time on the sequel was spent filming the actual human-centipede portion of the film?
A. I don’t know exactly the percentage. Just like in Part I, I saved it for last. I shot all the other stuff first. A little less than half of the shooting time. We had chairs everywhere, because there are people in the centipede, in “Part II,” that are more heavy than the thin characters in Part I. They suffered for it. They enjoyed every moment but it was really tough on them.
Q. Now that people know what “The Human Centipede” is, did you run into people who did not want you filming in certain locations or who did not want to contribute other resources because they didn’t want to be associated with the sequel?
A. I never encountered things like that. What I do encounter at festivals, and on the Internet especially, is that people who see the film become so very angry and emotional about it. I got so many death threats via Internet, Facebook and stuff. Because people can’t handle it. People, somehow they think I’m degrading humanity and they can’t see it’s separate. At festivals I had people that were even afraid to look at me. And I said, “It’s just make-believe. It’s all fun, and the actors had fun, and it’s not real.” But people are so intensely angry.
Q. Are you
a sick fucka weird person in your private life? Do you sleep suspended upside-down like a bat?
A. No, no. I’m a victim of a very happy childhood, I think. I lead a very, very normal life. Usually people who make horror films are the most friendly people in the world. They just have an amazing and strange imagination, but I couldn’t hurt a mouse in real life. My father and mother were divorced, and I was raised by my mother, and she lived with my grandparents in a very big house near Amsterdam.
Q. You work closely with your sister, Ilona, who produces your movies. I have a sister, and I’m not sure I could speak candidly with her about the ideas in the “Human Centipede” films.
A. I totally understand what you mean. But my sister’s just as crazy as I am, I think. She always comes up with crazy ideas. Even my mother loves the films. She’s seen the first one and she loves it. I told her the story of the second one and she loved it.
Q. When you learned that the British Board of Film Classification had rejected “The Human Centipede II,” how did you feel? Did it make you reconsider what you had done?
A. When I heard about it, I immediately got two strong reactions. I thought, my God, this is brilliant for the marketing. And on the other end, I got really upset. Because how can it be that in 2011, people can’t see a film and judge for themselves whether to watch it or not? That’s really something from a dinosaur era. Now you have Internet and people can get copies from all over the world. So you can never stop the U.K. public from seeing that film. And then when they said it’s uneditable, it’s crazy. I always thought the British people had so much humor, so I’m really disappointed that the B.B.F.C. didn’t see the humor in the film at all.
Q. Do you make your films with the deliberate intention of trying to get people upset?
A. I like to make controversial films. I like that people talk about your work. I would hate it if I would make a film, and people wonder what to have for dinner when the film is over and not think about your film. I love it that people talk about it, hate it, can’t sleep over it.
Q. But wouldn’t you rather that people react by saying, “What a well-shot scene” or “What a well-acted performance” than by saying, “That movie should never have been made?”
A. I’d rather have those last remarks you said. I love that. Because if people say it’s a nice shot or it’s a nice story line, it’s so general. You can say that with almost any film you see. And things like, “this film should never have been made,” that’s exceptional.
Q. But what if your actions make it harder for other directors to make the kinds of movies they want to make?
A. That’s true. But as a filmmaker, you have to look for new boundaries and see if you can make stories, create things that people haven’t seen before. And you cross the line, maybe, in moral terms, or things that go too far. But I think a lot of horror makers, they get new energy from this and they can think, “Hey, I have to create something new also.” Because so many horror films are repeated over and over and over, with monsters, with knives, it’s all the same. There’s not many filmmakers in the horror genre that really make original stuff, that make way for new ideas.
Q. In its rejection of “The Human Centipede II,” the British board cited a scene in which the main character is seen “wrapping barbed wire around his penis and raping the woman at the rear of the ‘centipede.’ ” But I did not see that scene in the version of the film I was shown. Is that being edited out of the American release?
A. In America, IFC knows that best. They have two versions that they are going to release. I don’t know exactly how they’re going to do that, but there will be two different versions. You can ask IFC how they see that, how that want to do that.
Q. Who are your favorite artists? Whose work do you look up to?
A. I really love comedies. I really like the guy who made “Borat” and “Bruno,” Sacha Baron Cohen. As a filmmaker, Lars von Trier, I really admire his body of work, what he’s doing. I like a guy like Werner Herzog. One of my favorite actors of all time is Klaus Kinski.
Q. You’re already planning a third “Human Centipede” film. What can you say about it at this stage?
A. I really wanted to make a second one, and overall I wanted to make three. Because three films make a human centipede, you can actually place them together and they form one film of four and a half hours. I have some really cool things for Part 3 in store. I have one film more to show some more crazy ideas. But then I am fed up with “Human Centipede” so I don’t want to do it anymore.[/release]
[release][h2]Fantastic Fest 2011: HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2: FULL SEQUENCE movie review[/h2]
//Source Quiet Earth
So here's a scenario: You're visiting an insane asylum and the doctor shows you a particular patient who suffers from all sorts of bizarre maladies - most of them concerning painful and disturbing methods of fusing human bodies together. The patient has supposedly been making great progress through art therapy, in particular painting. Even more specifically: Paintings that the patient creates with his own fecal matter. Regardless of whether or not said therapy is genuinely effective, do you want to buy one of these paintings? How you answer this question could help determine whether or not Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence is for you.
I suppose the above makes it clear that I'm coming to the conclusion that "Human Centipede" director Tom Six may in fact be insane. Not in a mustache-twirling, devil-worshipping kinda way mind you, but rather in a more subdued and possibly socially condonable manner. In person, Six is all smiles, clad in a white suit and his trademark floppy cowboy hat and when he describes the vulgarities on display in the two films in his "Human Centipede" series he has the enthusiasm of a brilliant young pervert who has just won his school's science fair by making a three-headed dog.
The original film was an attention-grabbing variation on the Mad Scientist trope, and featured a loony who fuses three people together, butt to mouth, and the zaniness that followed. Despite the ick factor, "Centipede" the first had moments of genuinely effective black humor and a great performance from Dieter Laser. In the follow-up, the director has chosen to depict what might happen if some other loony took the events of the first movie way too seriously, and if "Full Sequence" is any indication, Six himself has the soul of a madman whose condition is worsening.
But, of course, you'll have to judge for yourself. Six's preoccupation with the "100% medically accurate" act of conjoining human beings has resulted in two films that most definitely stand out in the modern horror field, and this latest instalment (a third and final film is in the works) is occasionally clever and inventive, and isn't a sequel in the traditional sense. In it, mentally-challenged Martin is a parking garage security guard who is obsessed with the first film. He watches it daily, has a scrapbook full of production stills mixed with his own scribblings, and is inspired to emulate the film by making his own, "real-life" version, but this time with not three but twelve people. As sequels go, it's a pretty meta setup. Then again, so was the sequel to "Blair Witch." But Six and company take the proceedings in a vastly different direction.
Martin sets about collecting the subjects for his gruesome experiment, cornering them and shooting them in the leg, then whacking them over the head with a crowbar. He rents out a dingy warehouse space and hides his victims here, and soon he has enough specimens to assemble his masterpiece, a twelve person-long monstrosity latched together with some decidedly unsanitary and extremely bloody methods.
Story-wise, that's all you're getting. The entire second half of the film is pretty much an endurance test as Martin uses a number of d.i.y. methods and rusty tools to bring his duct-taped, writhing, whimpering victims together. There's certainly a great deal of technical cleverness on display, particularly the intricate sound design and top-notch gore effects. The black and white photography is quite good, and Laurence R. Harvey fully commits to the often brutally demanding role of Martin. But films that stand out as distinctly as this one also risk being judged more harshly in comparison to the films that inspired them, and the shadows of "Eraserhead" and "Salo: 120 Days of Sodom" loom very large here.
Six, despite a clearly game cast and crew, never surpasses either of those films in terms of substance or even shock effect. So, while there's no shortage of water-cooler moments for geeks who want to validate their ability to sit through anything without vomiting, in the end it comes down to whether or not you want to sit through another person's therapy. And maybe even whether or not you need some yourself. Now that I've seen "Centipede 2", I know I could sure use some.
[release][h2]Fantastic Fest 2011 Review: Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence[/h2]
//Source Brutal As Hell
Two years ago Tom Six premiered Human Centipede at Fantastic Fest, earning high praise for the button-pushing genre film and promising a more provocative and brutal second film in the planned trilogy. This year Six is back with Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence.
Six introduces his audience to Martin (Laurence R. Harvey), our depraved antagonist — and in an interesting move chooses to construct a meta narrative, where Martin is a mentally disturbed and slightly disabled man obsessed with Human Centipede. He watches the film every day and keeps a scrapbook of key moments and information. Working as a parking garage attendant, Martin attacks and collects victims to create a 12 person human centipede of his very own.
Where Human Centipede 2 largely succeeds is in its hypothetical notion of a fan of the first film attempting to replicate the violence. It’s as if Six is in a direct dialogue with his audience, reacting to the demands to up the ante with more violence and depravity. You asked for it, you got it. Unfortunately this creates a disconnect between filmmaker and viewer, where Six is seemingly positioning himself as better than or above his audience. The meta aspect fails to cement itself as anything worthy or meaningful, but almost works as a commentary on cinematic endurance tests.
Much like the excrement passed from person to person, the gimmicky endurance tests of horror cinema have been part of a trickle down effect for decades, with each latest entity assimilating the harshest elements of its predecessors while pushing the boundaries even further. At the end of the horror movie centipede, we’re left with the endlessly processed and repulsively filthy result: Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence.
The film exists solely as a feverish fantasy and commentary on the demands of its audience, posing the singular question: what if someone actually did this? But the commentary is thin and doesn’t feel fully realized. A stronger director with a more cogent vision might have crafted a film that speaks to the depraved desires and shameful enjoyment of its audience; a film that calls into question the audience’s craving for more and more perversion, always feeling safe and at a distance, removed from the horror on screen. It questions the complicity of the audience, but becomes burdened by cliches — chiefly Martin’s bed-wetting, self-mutilating man child, encumbered by his domineering mother who blames him for his pedophile father’s incarceration. It’s all too on the nose to stir too much sympathy for the character, though Martin is played beautifully by Harvey.
If anything, Human Centipede 2 calls to mind Michael Haneke’s Funny Games, a film with similar meta concepts and commentary, but where Funny Games is executed with pitch-perfect precision, Human Centipede 2 fails to nail the landing. Presented in black and white, the film looks good, but Six employs the stylistic choice in a hollow, self-serving manner. These sorts of aesthetic choices should have purpose and be meaningful, but here it’s as if Six is using black and white as an out — that if you have anything to say about the viciousness on display, it’s okay because you weren’t subjected to the viscera in color, but it’s also seemingly an attempt to court praises of artistry.
In the end it’s a lot of noise and fury, but is it really saying anything at all? More importantly, is what it has to say something that needs to be heard? For a film that exists as commentary on the horror films viewers dare their friends and selves to endure, Human Centipede 2 is a regurgitation of things that have been said more poignantly by better directors in better films.
[release][h2]Bloody Disgusting - Movie Reviews[/h2]
Review #1 *SPOILERS AHEAD*
The Human Centipede is not a bad film. It's certainly not a great film, but when viewed within the context of its incredibly narrow and disturbing concept, writer/director Tom Six managed to construct a movie that, although slightly disturbing, was more than just extended scenes of forceful defecation and coprophagia. With The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence, Six took a different route, eschewing subtlety in favor of serving up some of the disgusting acts known to man on a silver platter.
The sequel tells the tale of a man named Martin who is obsessed with the first Human Centipede film. When not watching the film ad infinitum and dissecting each scene during his boring desk job as a security guard for a parking garage, he's knocking people out with a crowbar, tying them up, and taking them to a warehouse so he can create his own human centipede. Hatred of everything ensues.
Let's start with the good. Laurence R. Harvey was excellent as Martin, spending the duration of the film exemplifying a seemingly mentally challenged man through nothing more than grunts, cries, screams, and the distant look of a man who is clearly insane. He lives with his mother, an old woman with aspirations of killing herself and her son, and through this glimpse of his home life we see a man whose sole source of joy comes from a movie. In this we get rare moments where he manages to elicit a modicum of sympathy; it's not Bambi, but many can empathize with a lonely man lost in a film. This, of course, is abandoned when he, say, rips out someone's tongue or rapes someone with barbwire covering his penis.
Beyond that, the cinematography was quite good, with the entire film being shot in black and white, giving it a distinctly…disturbing feel that most likely would have been lost had it been in color. It's dark, it's gritty, and when the blood flows (and believe me, it does), it's black, much like Tom Six's heart. It's well shot, but that can do nothing for the "bad" of the film, which is, well, everything.
The Human Centipede 2 should not exist. It is disgusting, offensive, and does nothing but push every possible button and cross every boundary of human decency without making any sort of statement beyond "I'm doing this because I can." With scenes ranging from masturbating with sandpaper (with nothing left to the imagination) to a veritable conga line of fecal consumption initiated by a well-placed syringe of laxatives in the buttocks, each scene in The Human Centipede 2 serves as nothing more than a reminder that there is no God, and, if He does exists, then he sent Tom Six as punishment for our misdeeds. If torture porn exists as a maligned sub-genre, this film exemplifies it.
The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence is a complete one-eighty from the first film. Whereas the first was a unique exercise that managed to satisfy (despite its premise) with an interesting story supported by a creepy main character, the sequel manages to be nothing more than a demented pervert's greatest hits. Devoid of anything redeemable, The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence is an affront to mankind, and I hate Tom Six for its existence.
If this is Six's natural progression, then the third film will be investigated for crimes against humanity.
Rating: 0/5 Skulls
Despite being shown in theatres, it's hard to actually classify The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence as a film. Like Faces of Death, it's a collection of increasingly gross ideas strung together, specifically designed to push buttons and offend with the added bonus of having something that barely passes as a narrative woven between them. When viewed in that light, it's admirable how committed director Tom Six is to his vision and how uncompromised it feels, but as he explained during a post-screening Q&A, it's basically a bunch of leftover ideas that he couldn't fit in the first time around. The explanation makes sense, but it certainly doesn't setup the context for why these events are occurring or what Six is attempting to comment on with his grotesque display of medical inaccuracies.
With the original presented as a meta-element, the sequel explores the deranged mind of Martin (Laurence R. Harvey), a mentally challenged loner who has a Human Centipede fetish that eventually drives him to connect twelve people ass-to-mouth. Six's script gives the sweaty, disgusting lead next to no character development, but Harvey – one of the two saving graces of this scatological debacle – gives a performance that defines the word “pervert,” never uttering a word during the ninety minute runtime but squealing and grunting enough to capture the essence of a slimy sexual deviant with a distorted perception of reality. The black and white aesthetic seemingly plays to that idea, capturing the contrast of realities between the two entries in an almost Wizard of Oz-like fashion but, to be blunt, that seems a little too complex for something like Full Sequence. Considering how juvenile and baseless the whole thing feels, its inclusion seems to have the sole purpose of being a punch line in a third act poop joke.
So much focus was given to conceptualizing gags that could potentially be looked upon as the sickest/grossest/most disturbing ideas ever captured on film that things within the universe – one which is supposed to be a more realistic approach to something that's absolutely impossible – don't add up. When Martin, who works as a security guard that spends night after night staring at recording camera feeds, begins murdering and kidnapping people that are trying to leave his parking garage (which is, for some reason, limited to one carful per night), an investigative third party never rears its head which leads to the conclusion that the victims don't have family members that worry about them – or jobs – and London apparently has no police force, giving Martin absolutely no opposition.
The meta-approach is a great idea in concept, but Six drops the ball with Full Sequence. In an attempt to prime us for what will most likely be a crime against cinema when he takes the concept into God knows what direction the next time around, it offers up plenty of empty sequences involving feces eating, masturbating with various uncomfortably textured objects and unsanitary surgical procedures but can't even be considered art. There's no feeling, thought or emotion coursing through its veins; it's just Six's attempt to deliver on the hyperbole and accusations of grossness the first film promised but didn't deliver. Now that he got that out of his system, he should go make a real movie.
Rating: 1/5 Skulls
Review #3 *SPOILERS AHEAD*
There's nothing I hate more than a mean-spirited horror movie with the pure intent to shock. In my book, films in that vein score an immediate 0 skull rating. So what separates Tom Six's The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) from pics like Chaos and Morituris? Not only is the movie ingenious, but it also shows us just how big Six's balls are. Centipede 2 is literally a big "f*ck you" to critics of the first Sequence, and once you understand this you'll also realize that his 12-person concoction is actually a comedy. Yes, a comedy (albeit it a sick one).
Six's flick is an over-the-top and in-your-face splatterfest that spends an hour and half making one bold statement: Centipede 2 isn't real life; it's just a movie. Six is screaming at the top of his lungs that everyone is taking his sh*t way too seriously. It's simple art and nothing more. Stop over analyzing it.
The sequel has an absolutely brilliant opening as the footage from the end of First Sequence transitions into "real life" where Martin (Laurence R. Harvey) is watching the film at his job as a parking attendant/security guard. Martin's world is bleak, dark and hopeless; the audience is taken through a sad journey of his life as they learn of his former child abuse and watch as his mother verbally assaults him. He's mentally handicapped and his only outlet is his creepy obsession with Human Centipede (First Sequence, a brilliant meta device that strings together the gut-punching sequences.
Human Centipede 2 follows Martin as he collects his own human specimens and jots down the first film's "directions" for assembly (being that it was "100% medically accurate") While the first movie had sterile environments with precision cutting, the sequel pulls a complete 180 and takes the victims to a disgusting warehouse where Martin uses kitchen tools for his deviant plans. In a curve balls twist, Martin brings Ashlynn Yennie (who starred IN the 2009 film) to town for an audition for a new "Quentin Tarantino movie." Little does she know that this time around she'll become a human centipede for real…
Six uses this plot to drive his position home, almost to the point of beating a dead horse. He explains through actions (which I won't reveal) that, in real life, there are no happy endings. And he pushes everything in the flick too far, so much so that Human Centipede 2 intentionally becomes silly (a woman gives birth in her car and sacrifices her baby in order to escape Martin's grasp).
Don't get me wrong; it's a truly disturbing and disgusting film. But it's so insanely excessive that it's straight up funny. There's literally a scene where Martin gives all of the specimens laxatives, which pays off in a hilariously orchestrated muddy mess all over the warehouse. Six literally builds up the insanity in an obvious attempt to piss viewers off. You can just imagine him kicking dirt at the audience and screaming, "You thought that was offensive? Check THIS out. Go ahead and complain about THIS…"
Look, I completely understand everyone's hatred for Human Centipede 2. It's an extremely malicious film where Six spends the duration proving his point instead of telling an engaging story. But to his point, who gives a sh*t? It's art, it's his movie and it's his statement; at least he's actually saying something. He doesn't have to make a movie FOR you, nor does he owe it to anybody to do so.
Human Centipede 2 is a brilliant response to critics of his first film. It makes a strong statement that it's just a movie and that people take his work way too seriously, while also implementing a unique concept. I found it an intensely engaging and absolutely hilarious meta experience that gets its point across with flying colors (in black-and-white, nonetheless). Still, Six's screenplay does lack serious depth and is pretty f*cking mean-spirited. If anything, Human Centipede 2 beats a dead horse to no end – but at least that was Tom Six's intention.
[release][h2]Hey, New York! See THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2 For Free Tomorrow! Tom Six In Attendance![/h2]
Wondering what all the fuss is over with Tom Six's The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)? Well, if you're in New York you can find out for free tomorrow.
IFC Midnight is hosting a screening with director Tom Six in attendance tomorrow - Wednesday, September 28 - at 6:30 pm in New York's IFC Center. And Twitch has twenty pairs of tickets to give away to you, the loyal Twitch reader.
If you find yourself morbidly curious and want to traumatize a friend all you need to do for your chance at winning a pair of tickets is email me here and tell me the name of the actor who played the mad doctor in the first Human Centipede. Due to the quick turnaround on this one winners will be notified later tonight.[/release]
[release][h2]FANTASTIC FEST '11 - ELIJAH WOOD & TOM SIX INTRODUCE THE WORLD PREMIERE OF THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2[/h2]
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Here's some iPhone footage of Alamo Drafthouse owner and Fantastic Fest mastermind Tim League, actor Elijah Wood, and director Tom Six introducing the world premiere of THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2.
[release][h2]The Human Centipede 2 - Exclusive New Pics[/h2]
Get your puke buckets ready as we debut new images of the soon-to-be excreted most discussed disgusting movie, The Human Centipede 2: (Full Sequence.)
Was it just me, or did you hear the sound of mass vomiting coming from the direction of Austin, Texas last week?
It was there, at Fantastic Fest, where The Human Centipede 2: (Full Sequence) made its repulsive debut, shocking and revolting even the most stalwart of extreme film fans.
THC2: FS, if you don't know, is a meta-textual spin on the worst fears of every parental watchdog group. What would happen if a deranged lunatic were to find inspiration in gross-out, extreme cinema? The short answer is E. coli, but the longer answer is detailed in Tom Six's new film.
While the picture has been banned in Great Britian (God save the Queen,) IFC Midnight is excreting the film to VOD and (extremely) select theaters on October 7th here in the freedom loving USA.
Our friends over there wiped their hands with Purel and handed us these new images from the film, which we're happy to share with you today.
[sub]Here is our "hero" Martin - to his left the counselor/doctor who doesn't seem to think there's anything wrong with loving centipedes.[/sub]
[sub]Martin's master plan.[/sub]
[sub]His mother always wanted him to be a dentist.[/sub][/release]
[release][h2]Lose Your Lunch Over New 'Human Centipede 2' Stills[/h2]
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Opening in limited theaters October 7 from IFC Films, a trio of new stills have been released from Tom Six's [b]The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence), which stars Ashlynn Yennie, Laurence Harvey, Dominic Borelli, Vivien Bridson, Lee Harris, Peter Charlton, Bill Hutchens, Dan Burman, Daniel Jude Gennis, Kandace Caine, Maddi Black, Lucas Hansen, Georgia Goodrick and even Emma Lock.
Details were scarce until the UK banning which revealed that the sequel "tells the story of a man who becomes sexually obsessed with a DVD recording of the first film and who imagines putting the 'centipede' idea into practice." The film features a 12-person centipede.
"Martin is a mentally disturbed loner who lives with his nagging mother in a bleak London housing project, where loud neighbors and cramped living conditions threaten to plunge this victim of sexual and psychological abuse over the edge.
He works the night shift as a security guard in an underground parking garage, where customers and their vehicles come and go as he indulges his obsession with THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE (FIRST SEQUENCE) watching the film over and over on the small TV set in his office and meticulously examining the scrapbook he has lovingly filled with memorabilia from the film, including the mouth-to-anus surgery instructions made famous by Dr. Heiter, the mad scientist from Martin’s favorite movie.
Pushed to the brink by his harridan mother, haunted by the teasing voices of his abusive and incarcerated father, Martin sets into motion his plan to emulate Heiter’s centipede by creating his own version, in a rented warehouse, which he begins to fill with victims, including a loud neighbor, two drunk nightclubbers, a prostitute and a lecherous john, and several more … including Martin’s pièce de résistance, one of the actresses from THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE (FIRST SEQUENCE).
Except that Martin lacks the surgical skill, medical instruments and operating theater necessary to create a larger centipede in the image of Dr. Heiter’s masterpiece. So he makes use of materials at hand: duct tape, staple gun, household tools and a fanboy moxie.
What follows is one of the most harrowing and terrifying films ever conceived, featuring a central character that makes FIRST SEQUENCE’s Dr. Heiter seem downright cuddly in comparison. THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE (FINAL SEQUENCE) is a triumph in biological horror by one of the new masters of the horror film."
OPENING MARKETS AND THEATERS - more coming soon:
10/07/11 IFC Center New York, NY
10/07/11 Music Box Theatre Chicago, IL
10/07/11 Main Art Theatre Royal Oak, MI
10/07/11 Oriental Theatre Milwaukee, WI
10/07/11 Uptown Theatre Minneapolis, MN
10/07/11 Tivoli Theatre University City, MO
10/07/11 Ritz at the Bourse Philadelphia, PA
10/07/11 E Street Cinema Washington, DC
10/07/11 Midtown Art Cinemas 8 Atlanta, GA
10/07/11 Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar Austin, TX
10/07/11 Inwood Theatre Dallas, TX
10/07/11 River Oaks Theatre Houston, TX
10/07/11 Esquire Theatre Denver, CO
10/07/11 Nuart Theatre West Los Angeles, CA
10/07/11 Ken Cinema San Diego, CA
10/07/11 Egyptian Theatre Seattle, WA
10/07/11 Lumiere Theatre San Francisco, CA
10/14/11 Prytania Theatre New Orleans, LA
10/14/11 The Royale Mesa, AZ
10/21/11 Dundee Theatre Omaha, NE
10/21/11 Del Mar Theatre Santa Cruz, CA
10/21/11 Las Vegas Sci Fi Center Las Vegas, NV
10/28/11 Loft Cinema Twin Tucson, AZ
[release][h2]Watch A New Clip From Tom Six's THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2: FULL SEQUENCE[/h2]
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Is the world ready for what Tom Six hath wrought? The Human Centipede 2 sharply divided audiences at Fantastic Fest and is now gearing up to be unleashed upon general audiences. We've shared a teaser and trailer already and now Twitch has received a brand new clip from the film, one which shows new villain Martin learning his lessons well from original villain Dr Heiter. Though devoid of any nudity or other content that would denote the clip as NSFW it's still rather icky. You can take a look below.[/release]
[release]Tickets are ON SALE NOW for a very special Midnight show of THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2 this friday @IFCCenter, get urs now![/release]
[release][h2]"The Human Centipede II" crew spill their guts[/h2]
Our interview with director Tom Six and stars Laurence R. Harvey and Ashlynn Yennie about the scariest (and funniest!) ass-to-mouth horror movie of the year.
You see this movie, "The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)," and it's full of the most repulsive acts imaginable. Graphic images of surgery, prologued sequences of torture, and, of course, plenty of shots of the human centipede itself, a stomach-churning beast made of a dozen people sewn together, ass-to-mouth. Then you meet the people who made this movie, stars Laurence R. Harvey and Ashlynn Yennie and writer/director Tom Six, and they are the nicest, friendliest people in the world. They're so un-unsettling, it's kind of unsettling. How did people this chipper make a movie this disturbing?
I'm still not sure. Maybe when you're making a movie about forced poop eating and unanesthetized surgery, you need to have a sense of humor about your work. Harvey, Yennie, and Six certainly do. They don't take "The Human Centipede" too seriously, which is ironic since the film's new sequel is about a man, played by Harvey, who takes the first "Centipede" waaaaay too seriously. His name is Martin, a deranged mute Englishman who spends every waking hour watching and thinking about "The Human Centipede." Decades of physical and sexual abuse have driven him mad, and now Martin, brutal satire of movie fanboy that he is, wants to possess and even improve the pop culture object he loves. So he sets out kidnapping people from the parking garage where he works to make his own centipede. He even cons "Centipede" star Yennie (playing herself) to come to the UK to star in his "film." Cue the degradation, filth, and, surprisingly, the comedy.
Maybe I need almost as much counseling as Martin, but I did laugh at "Human Centipede II," and I laughed more during my conversation with Harvey, Yennie, and Six just hours after their world premiere at Fantastic Fest. What follows is definitely the most lively and spirited conversation about cinematic fecal consumption I've ever had. Along the way, I asked Six about the humor, intentional or otherwise, in his film, and I asked his stars about whether it can be fun performing such inhuman acts onscreen. And as promised in my report from the "Human Centipede II" premiere, I had my first question locked and loaded well in advance.
Matt Singer: I'll start with the question I'm sure you hear the most Tom: what the hell is wrong with you?
Tom Six: Well, I'm the victim of a very happy childhood. I'm a sheep in wolf's clothes. I couldn't hurt a mouse in real life but I just have this really bizarre imagination.
How did you think the premiere went?
TS: Everyone was numb when they came out.
Is that what you want? How do you want people to react to the film?
TS: Exactly like that. Absolutely. If everybody comes out smiling and saying "It's great!" then it didn't work. I want this strange silence.
Ashlynn Yennie: It was quiet with just a few claps. That's a very cool thing for us. We're all like "You did it! You made them so uncomfortable!"
AY: Because so many people had said "The first one didn't show enough; I wish we had seen more." I told Tom, "I don't think people realized what they were asking for."
That is true; I definitely heard that about the first movie.
AY: Yeah and then Tom's like "Do you really want to see what it looks like?"
TS: Here it is!
When you were touring with the first film, did you meet any fans that really disturbed you and provided the inspiration for Martin?
TS: No, all the fans I meet at festivals have big tattoos and look very aggressive but they're the sweetest and most humble people on the planet. If a guy approaches you, you might think he's going to hit you, but then he says "Oh my God, I'm such a fan of you." Yesterday a guy said I was his Jesus.
That's quite a compliment.
But in terms of the character, what sort of comment were you trying to make about fandom? It's hard not to read Martin as a critique of a certain kind of movie nerd.
TS: This was the thing that people at festivals all over the world wanted to know: what if a maniac out there copies the idea from "The Human Centipede?" And I thought that was the most terrifying idea for a sequel. If I would have used another surgeon like Dr. Heiter and just made a copy of the first film, that wouldn't have worked. This is much scarier, I think.
Laurence R. Harvey: Martin's a tabloid archetype, rather than a portrait of horror fandom itself.
Laurence, were you a fan of the first film?
LH: Yeah, when I saw it. I agreed to come to the audition before I'd seen it. I'd wanted to see it after I heard about it at [London horror film festival] FrightFest. I thought "Well I'll go to the casting because it'll give me an excuse to see the first film," and I was just blown away by the first one. Then I realized I had big shoes to fill.
In your bio in the press notes, it says you've worked as a "children's television personality." Are you prepared never to work as a children's television personality ever again?
LH: No, no, I'm going to return to children's television as Martin. [laughs]
AY: Oh no!
LH: I mean, you saw how Martin was with the child in the film.
TS: He's very sweet, really.
LH: It's just adults he has a problem with.
That's a good point. Ashlynn what were your emotions returning to the series for a second film? Were you nervous because Tom was upping the ante with this one or were you more comfortable because you'd been through it all before?
AY: It was exciting just to get to play this character. All of us have met actresses like this girl who think that just because they've done one film they're big and famous. In reality, I'm still working as hard as I've ever worked getting auditions and meeting directors. It was fun to shed light on the reality of girls who are just like [my character]. Also, I'd had a couple encounters with fans who were a little creepy, a little too involved with me.
Oh, so you've met some of those real world Martins.
AY: Oh yeah, definitely. So there was that very real aspect to it. I told Tom, "This is my worst fear coming true. You realize you're making this really real!" And he's like "I know!" For me, this film hits really close to home.
Was making this one more grueling than the first one? How did the two experiences compare?
AY: The second one felt more like my real life. I had to decompress every night because it was so intense. The more grueling part was the set, going from the beautiful, medical villa that we destroyed in the first one to this very gritty warehouse with ten bodies laying there.
Tom made it so each of us was fighting our own battle in the sequel. In the first one, we become one centipede. In this one, we become a centipede but, y'know, one guy rips his face off --
AY: -- and we're still all fighting for ourselves.
I love that you laugh when she says a guy rips his face off.
TS: Well, I have to laugh about it. And the way she says it.
AY: "And then the guy rips his face off!"
This is just my personal reaction, but there were scenes that convinced me you were marking a very dark comedy instead of a horror movie. Some moments reminded me more of Mel Brooks than, say, Dario Argento.
TS: I'm so happy that you say that. We spoke to another reporter who didn't see the humor.
AY: At all.
TS: It's so strange.
Can you talk about why you put humor into this insanely disgusting, disturbing story?
TS: It's just the way I write and think. I never intentionally put humor in it. The humor in "Human Centipede" is exactly the same as in "Part II." Some people see it and some people think it's dead serious. It's from my brain, of course, but it's your own perspective on humor.
When you say it's just the way you think, are these things that come to you in dreams or nightmares? Where did the centipede idea come from in the first place?
TS: I just have a very bizarre imagination. I can combine things and make something horrific out of it. I'm fascinated by the dark side of things.
You didn't wake up one morning after a vivid nightmare and start sketching a picture of people sewn together ass-to-mouth.
TS: No, it's just my biggest fear. Being attached to an ass, that would be horrible. And then having someone behind you, and having to shit in someone's mouth, that's also a big barrier. It's all nightmares.
Laurence, the big challenge for you is Martin doesn't get any dialogue.
LH: Originally Tom told me he doesn't say much, but he imitates Dr. Heiter a bit. When we were acting out certain scenes at the audition, I think I forgot to speak. The next time I saw Tom, he'd erased all the lines.
So Martin did have lines initially?
TS: Yeah. All quotes from Dr. Heiter. But it's much better this way.
AY: When you watch the character evolve on set you realize this is a very quiet man. He doesn't talk a lot in his daily life; he doesn't talk to anybody at his job and no one talks to him.
LH: People talk at him.
AY: At him, but not to him. So it fit him better to portray everything through his actions and his face.
TS: Laurence has such screen presence. You can just put a camera on him and he doesn't have to say anything. So that's why I could pull off the entire film without dialogue. Not many actors could do that; you'd get bored.
I thought there was plenty of comedy in the movie but there are also some moments that are really transgressive as well. Tom, is there anything you write down and discard because it's too intense?
TS: I never censor myself. Everything has to fit in the story, of course, and it must be logical. But to me, nothing goes too far. Because it's all make believe.
Ashlynn, at this point, is there anything Tom could write that would surprise you?
AY: Probably not.
AY: Remember in the first one, I didn't eat poo. And I was really happy about that. Weeks before we started filming, I emailed him and said, "Tom do I really have to do the part where I shit in the other person's mouth?" He said "Don't worry Ashlynn it's going to look great!"
Tom is enthusiastic more than anything. When he tells you an idea, he does it in this way that makes you think, "That sounds so cool!" And then all of sudden you're going "I want to be a part of this!"
LH: It's this kind of infectious little boy charm he has.
TS: If you're a very serious director, and you speak very softly and say "You have to shit in their mouth--"
AY: -- then it would be creepy.
TS: And the actors wouldn't do it!
AY: If he said it like that, I wouldn't have done it.
While I was waiting to talk to you guys, I struck up a conversation next door with Ashlynn's boyfriend. That gave me the mental image of you two sitting together at the premiere, watching all this horrible stuff happen to you in the film. Is it weird watching these movies sitting next to him?
AY: When the first one came out, we had just started dating. I remember telling him, "Yeah I'm in this movie, it's kind of crazy..." but I didn't want to talk too much about it because it was our first couple of dates and I didn't want to scare him too much. We actually saw it together in Los Angeles, and I remember him saying afterwards "You are way crazier than I thought you were!"
AY: For "Part II," I didn't tell him what the story was going to be. I didn't want him to know a lot. He was so excited to see it. Last night, he was laughing so loud, partly because I think he was so uncomfortable at times. He didn't know what else to do. For him, he's just proud.
And why shouldn't he be? I was at the screening, and at the Q & A after the film, Tom you talked about "The Human Centipede Part III" and you said that in some way it will create a centipede of movies -- it will connect directly to "Part II" which connects directly to "Part I."
TS: Yes, in the third one, you will get a lot of answers. It's going to be a totally different film again. Maybe more gruesome than the second one.
More gruesome than the second one?
TS: It could be, yeah.
And you've already finished the script, you said.
TS: Yep, and we're going to shoot it in America. I'm very happy about that.
Why is that?
TS: I have never shot a film in America, and of course this is the country where all the films that have inspired me came from. This is heaven for a filmmaker.
Is "Part II" still banned in the UK?
TS: The distributor is still fighting the banning, trying to find a way to overturn it. On the one hand, I'm really irritated that they banned it. On the other hand, I'm very happy to be part of a list of eleven films like "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" that were banned in the UK. We're proud to be amongst those ranks.
Would you be willing to cut parts of the film in order to get it released in England?
TS: Sure. I'd hate to cut it though. It's my film and I want to present it in the way I made it. But if it's necessary, yeah. I want to show it to people.
LH: It's a pity. In America, if a film's cut for theatrical release, there's always an uncut DVD. There should be something like that in the UK. We're kind of behind with our constitutional rights. But, then, we don't have a Constitution.
Laurence, you have to portray out some truly despicable activities in this film. What was the most fun one to play?
LH: Most of them, actually. Everything apart from the rape scene.
Knocking people's teeth out is fun?
LH: That's all fun, yeah.
TS: Even the shitting scene was so much fun.
AY: The shitting scene was so funny.[/release]
Well, those reviews don't sound too promising... but then again, we all knew what to expect right off the bat, so I forgive Six. I still wanna watch it so I can come up with my own opinion about this film, though.
I'll update the OP as more info comes along!