October 7, 2011

The Human Centipede II: Full Sequence (2011)

"Inspired by the fictional Dr. Heiter, disturbed loner Martin dreams of creating a 12-person centipede and sets out to realize his sick fantasy."

Although I was surprised by how tame "The Human Centipede" (2009) was, I still enjoyed it and so I was really looking forward to this sequel which promised, among other things, to really increase the gore. Unfortunately, due to IFC's censorship, "The Human Centipede II" still didn't really show anything, or at least not enough for it to live up to the hype.

It was well made and shot beautifully in black and white, but Tom Six still didn't manage to go quite far enough with it or have enough depth to the characterisation to make me even care about what happened. I simply had no sympathy for any of the characters, and although in several cases, I think they deserved what happened to them, the overall effect was that none of it was particularly satisfying.

The exception was Laurence R. Harvey who reminded me of Peter Lorre in a lot of ways. In spite of never saying a single word, he's actually even more sinister than Deiter Laser who everybody raved about after seeing the first film.

It was gory, but it paled in comparison to my favourite shock film from last year, "A Serbian Film" (2010), which just had a lot more going on and better production values.

The whole "Human Centipede" concept is a one-trick pony which isn't really amusing anymore. Even "South Park" has parodied it, so the joke has had its day. Everybody knows that I'm sick enough to enjoy as much visceral and fecal action as a director can throw at me, but I hate to admit it, I was a bit bored by it all.

Just as Martin didn't quite realise his dream of joining 12 people together ass-to-mouth (as he only managed 10), Tom Six didn't actually achieve the shocking sequel which he wanted either. You can blame IFC for the cuts, but even with whatever was censored being put back in for the inevitable "Director's Cut" DVD, there's nothing here that any hardcore horror fan hasn't already seen before.

I'm rating "The Human Centipede II" as just average. It'll disturb some people, and there will be quite a few faux horror fans who will get on their hypocritical soap boxes and vow never to watch it, but the only reason anybody with a brain should really boycott this film is because of the censorship.

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