Human Centipede Unrated Movie Review


The Human Centipede First SequenceI have not been insulted by a film in a long time. I have read many reviews calling this film “visionary”, “bold”, and “controversial.” I call it boring and some weird guy’s masturbation fantasy. I have watched extremely bad, weird, and sleazy films, yet this one is the nadir of my viewing experience.  ‘Ilsa She Wolf of the SS’ seems classy compared to this.

  • Our writer and director- Tom Six
  • Producer- Ilona Six (wife, sister? I looked but could not discern)
  • Dr. Heiter- Dieter Laser (‘Mantrid’ from “Lexx”)
  • Lindsay- Ashley WIlliams
  • Jenny- Ashlynn Yennie
  • Katsuro- Akihiro Kitamura
  • Detective Krantz- Andreas Leopold
  • Detective Voller- Peter Blankenstein

Though most genre fans probably know the overall plot already, I will quickly recap it for you. I will warn you before the spoilers pop up.

We start with the creepy Doc sitting on the side of a road in his car staring at pictures of dogs sniffing each others’ butts. A trucker stops conveniently close to Doc’s car, the trucker gets out with a roll of toilet paper and walks about 10 feet into the bushes. Doc gets out with a rifle, we pan away, and we hear a shot.

Credits roll, and then we transition to two American girls who are doing the “touring Europe” thing. On their way to a club, they become completely lost, and also blow out a tire. Riveting dialogue ensues “Do you know how to change a tire?” “No, do you?” “No” Apparently the bolt is an apparatus beyond their comprehension. Do you feel my derision for them yet? No? You will soon. Some creepy guy pulls up and tells them he basically wants to use them as sex toys. They decline (note- the smartest thing they do in the entire movie). After some more bickering, they decide to walk for help. Through the woods instead of the road; at this point I’m crying blood from my eyes. Walk, walk, walk. Then one of them states “I’m tired.” Other- “We could have stayed in the car.” “And be cold?!” Quick reality check, here- your tire blew out, you’re not out of gas! “Forget it, I’m staying here, and I don’t want to walk anymore!” (Yeah, and I don’t want to watch any more of this movie, suck it up)   So the car is too cold, but standing in the woods is somehow warmer? Now my ears are bleeding. But harrah! A house is suddenly in sight. (Huh?) Girls go in, girls get drugged, girls get tied up. A bit later Doc shows up with a new guy (oh yeah, the trucker was “unmatched” so he got killed in front of the girls). Doc then gives an overhead projector presentation like the ones you probably saw in elementary school showing how he is going to make the “human centipede.” Of course the surgery takes place, and then more stuff happens.

The technical aspects of the film are mostly well done. The film stock is good with strong colors. The cinematography is well done, with some very nice shots throughout. The sound levels were fairly even, though some dialogue was a bit quiet while screams had the usual extra-loudness; a tad annoying but much better than your average action movie. The acting started off as abrasive but got better as the movie progressed. Except for the Doc’s presentation to his prisoners (the high point of the film, in my opinion, and quite disturbing), the dialogue was garbage.

The film was a freak show of bizarre ideas that make no sense in the real world. The idea of a ‘human centipede’ could have been much scarier/creepier if the film’s execution was better. There were too many inconsistencies, bad plot choices, and dumb character actions to enjoy this film.


I pretty much despised the girls up until the point they got sewed together. They bickered, they whined, one got free, and instead of running away for help went to drag her drugged friend sloooowly outside before getting hit by a tranq shot. Once they got sewed together, all they could say was “mmpphhh, mmpphhh”, so that was better. They actual had some good emotion through their eyes at that point.  Kitamura (Katsuro) was good- he acted like what I would guess someone in his position would act like. Except for killing off the Doc when he had the chance (twice) at the end. But he may have cracked by that point, so I can understand his oversights.

Another beef I had was when I did some research for the film I ran across a blurb that said “medically accurate.” Oh, for Cthulhu’s sake, the “medical” parts were all crap (excuse the pun). One doctor cannot anesthetize three people while at the same time perform what must have been a 10 hour surgery. The whole single digestive track thing would have killed the girls in about 24 hours.

The reports about this movie being disturbing are correct, in some sense. The actual movie is just embarrassing to watch. You can only feel bad for the actresses who had to crawl around with their mouths stuffed up in another person’s butt. The premise seems to be that the Doc got the idea for the centipede from the picture of his 3 dogs sniffing each others butts; the dogs’ tombstone in his yard is shown at least 3 times. But the aspect that really made my skin crawl was that someone thought this craziness up in the first place. Once the 3 victims are sewed together, the Doc tries to make them fetch a paper like a dog, eat out of a dog food bowl, moans in almost ecstasy when they poo into the next person[s mouth, and lick his boots. I really don’t get the boot licking thing; I’ve never seen a dog lick his owner’s shoes.

The whole movie feels like Six’s private perverted fantasy. That is the disturbing part to me. History is full of people doing all kinds of depraved things to other people, but here it is displayed as a monument to some weird fetish. Schindler’s List showed the gritty, horrible life of labor camps; this is a movie about some guy who wants to see his dead dogs sniff each others’ butts again. Mr. Six, a quick suggestion- have him buy 3 more dogs; the movie could then be 2 minutes long and I wouldn’t feel the need to wash the filth of your mind off of me.

The only reason I didn’t give this a rating of zero or below (besides the fact I can’t) is that the technical prowess was good, the girls progressed from “I want them to die now” to “maybe they’ll get away”, and Kitamura was decent. The cops were throwaway characters. I have no idea what direction was given to Dieter Laser (the Doc), but he looked crazy in some retarded way, as in he was trying to look crazy but half his brain cells were not firing during the shoot.

Also, the whole experience was basically one of tedium. The surgery’s presentation was good, the actual surgery was disturbing, and that is about it. The rest is the Doc mostly spouting lines that ran from dumb to inane. I had to keep myself from fast-forwarding this mess because I thought there must be something good in there, somewhere, with so much positive press abounding. I cannot in good conscious recommend this movie.


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      1. Anonymous March 19, 2011 at 12:51 pm

        I really enjoyed this movie for what it was a truly fun and unique take on the mad doctor. I also liked the implied violence and the creepy factor. I felt a real sense of terror and disgust. Good review regardless even if I do not agree with all of it :)

        • Bryan March 19, 2011 at 2:08 pm

          I knew my review would most likely not be popular, but I had to speak to what I felt when I watched it. I have a different slant when looking at movies, for good or for bad. I’m glad you liked it; it why we make films- to entertain, scare, make people laugh or think. I appreciate you not begrudging my opinion as it clashes with yours. I have no idea why I took on a film that I knew would be semi-controversial as my first project.

        • Anonymous March 19, 2011 at 2:27 pm

          Mad props for being willing to put yourself out there and take a stance some might not share. Alot of film critics are afraid to be critical. Look forward to reading more of what you have to say.

      2. Kirsty Cray March 19, 2011 at 1:06 pm

        great review az! thanks! :)

      3. Kelly S March 19, 2011 at 2:55 pm

        I watched this and from the very start I was wondering what everyone was talking about. It is the worst piece of trash I have ever had the misfortune to point my eyes towards! Apart from the obvious why would anyone do this I have a real issue with the end. In particular when the police officer gets shot. The doctor is shown at the opposite end of the room from the door that the police would enter but when his partner hears the gun shot and runs to see what has happened for some reason we are meant to believe that a trained police officer would not shoot this psychopath straight away, but would make his way over to him, bend over far enough to be stabbed in the neck and then allow his gun to be taken! Oh and when they find the syringe in the cloth and the doc says it is insulin, any officer would call his bliff and make him take what is in there. Pure garbage from start to finnish!

        • Bryan March 19, 2011 at 7:40 pm

          And when the cops say they are going to go get a warrant, they both leave? How about just one goes, or better yet call the station and have someone bring it to the house! It was the cumulation of all these types of bad directorial gaffs that really sunk this movie.

        • Anonymous March 19, 2011 at 7:59 pm

          yeah the cops were definitely cliche cops. I hate when characters insult your intelligence but the thing I liked about Human Centipede was the material. It was unique, creepy and disgusting and definitely made me grimace. Exactly what a horror film should do. Unlike crap like the remake of Nightmare on Elm Street

        • Bryan March 20, 2011 at 3:28 am

          Perhaps I’m too jaded, or watched too many documentaries about war atrocities. I wonder what that says about me that I was more annoyed than creeped out?

        • Anonymous March 20, 2011 at 2:25 pm

          it says to each their own :)

      4. Britpoptacular March 24, 2011 at 4:38 pm

        It wasn’t his “sick sexual fantasy,” retdard. He came up with the idea for the human centipede as a form of punishment for child molesters. Then he turned it into “The Human Centipede” horror movie.
        You mentioned nothing about the deleted scene, which was nothing short of amazing.

        • Anonymous March 24, 2011 at 7:01 pm

          i watched it on netflix so i missed the extras :(

        • Britpoptacular March 25, 2011 at 5:29 am

          It’s beautiful. It’s right after he gets done with the surgery and he’s showing them what they look like with a mirror. He begins kissing the mirror and sets it down to dance around for a good two minutes straight.
          And that’s the only deleted scene.

        • Anonymous March 25, 2011 at 12:07 pm

          very creepy

        • Azathoth March 29, 2011 at 12:15 am

          I, like Emancipator, did not see the extra scene. Just a bit of advice, in the future, if you want to call someone a ‘retard’, you should probably spell it correctly.

        • Azathoth March 29, 2011 at 12:19 am

          Forgot to ask- where did you find that his idea was as a form of punishment? I never ran across it any of the interviews I read.

        • Anonymous February 12, 2012 at 10:05 pm

           I think I may have read it somewhere too but it might have just been someone else saying it… I havn’t seen. I’ve seen tom six’s “art” and thought “nah am I hell watching THAT crap” Rediculous idea imho even it was an idea of punishment. But please, if it was an idea for punishment explain to me why in his art he includes babies and children in the chains? Didn’t think so…

      5. Anonymous November 17, 2011 at 4:43 pm

        I was just watching this on http://watchitonline.ch/ ! It’s really cool, my recommendation :)