The Human Centipede

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Post by Wolfshade » Tue Sep 01, 2009 8:43 pm

When I saw Martyrs last year, I remember thinking it was more of an experience than a film...and Human Centipede was pretty much the same thing, although it was far better cos it had a wicked sense of humour, whereas Martyrs was completely drab and humourless.

Dieter Laser really made this film, some of his lines were just awesome, particularly "I don't like human beings!", and the scene where he's trying to get the centepede to be his pet dog and bring him the paper strangley managed to be amusing, but unbelievably fucked up at the same time!

From the write up, I was expecting to be grossed out, but as has been mentioned, we never really saw the gruesome details, although I've gotta say the "I'm going to shit!" scene did make me feel physically sick, one of the grossest scenes I've ever seen.

And although it was amusing most of the way through, I actually found the end to be very bleak and depressing - girl unable to move and everyone around her dead, with nothing to do but slowly wait for herself to die with some guy's arse welded to her face and her dead best friend sewn to her anus.

Overall, this was a great addition to the line - sick, funny and bizarre....just what we need!

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Post by lupogirl » Tue Sep 01, 2009 8:46 pm

Really enjoyed this one. I was intrigued how a Human Centipede can be created. Seeing them stitched to each other. Really good effects, that makes you think it takes one person have a ripped mouth.

That scene of " Eat, Eat, Feed her" i certainly gulped at the horrid thought of it. I thought the filmmakers could of gone overboard on the subject matter but did not.

Be interesting to see the sequel of 15 people in a Human Centipede. The Human Stitched Conga!
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Post by Dom » Wed Sep 02, 2009 12:12 am

Wolfshade wrote:And although it was amusing most of the way through, I actually found the end to be very bleak and depressing - girl unable to move and everyone around her dead, with nothing to do but slowly wait for herself to die with some guy's arse welded to her face and her dead best friend sewn to her anus.
I'm sorry but this made me laugh really hard.

Can't wait to see it. Michael Bay is keeping this stuff out of cinemas.

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Post by mart » Wed Sep 02, 2009 1:31 am

The shit eating scene was the most disgusting, those slimy wet sounds made me feel so sick :shock:
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Post by mart » Wed Sep 02, 2009 1:32 am

The shit eating scene was the most disgusting, those slimy wet sounds made me feel so sick :shock:
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Post by Porkboy » Wed Sep 02, 2009 9:28 am

The Human Centipede was a huge surprise for me - I expected it to be utter shite and when the film started I thought "Yep, utter shite alright." But once the girls were drugged and the three victims were being talked through the surgery - basically when the film started going a bit mental - I thoroughly enjoyed it. As the film went on I stopped noticing the awful picture quality (I was in row K so god knows how it must have looked for the guys right at the front) and I think that's a testament to the captivating power The Human Centipede has.

It was probably the most unpredictable film of the festival.
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Post by Maniacal » Wed Sep 02, 2009 9:43 am

Possibly one of the strangest films I've ever seen next to The Begotten. Some of the scenes did what they were suppose to and make you feel uneasy and grossed out, the Q and A for this film was so funny.
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Post by Laymonite » Wed Sep 02, 2009 12:25 pm

Wolfshade wrote:I actually found the end to be very bleak and depressing - girl unable to move and everyone around her dead, with nothing to do but slowly wait for herself to die with some guy's arse welded to her face and her dead best friend sewn to her anus.
I'm pretty sure that before too long, when the two cops didn't report back to the station, there would be back up sent to the address they were going to. The girl would be found and it's likely that someone would be able to separate her from the others.

So I didn't think the end was that bleak as far as she was concerned. She'd be scarred physically and mentally and her best friend would be dead, but at least she'd be alive.
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Post by i-went-to-frightfest » Wed Sep 02, 2009 8:50 pm

just thought this was the dumbest most idiotic movie, a 1 joke movie it didnt work for me as a horror, it was just silly so many things didnt work in it...though i did laugh at the...mmmm shes seems alittle constipated scene...and medically accurate i always thought and i could be wrong waste is waste...just a really silly movie. the demented doc did put in quite a good perfomance though and reminded me alittle of lance henrickson

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Post by Wolfshade » Wed Sep 02, 2009 9:58 pm

Laymonite wrote:
Wolfshade wrote:I actually found the end to be very bleak and depressing - girl unable to move and everyone around her dead, with nothing to do but slowly wait for herself to die with some guy's arse welded to her face and her dead best friend sewn to her anus.
I'm pretty sure that before too long, when the two cops didn't report back to the station, there would be back up sent to the address they were going to. The girl would be found and it's likely that someone would be able to separate her from the others.

So I didn't think the end was that bleak as far as she was concerned. She'd be scarred physically and mentally and her best friend would be dead, but at least she'd be alive.
Was also bleak in the sense that she'd just seen the policeman burst in and must have thought she was about to be rescued, but as she was immobile she'd have had no idea he'd been killed and would have just been there waiting in vain.

I'd say the chances of her surviving something like that were very slim unless help turned up extremely quickly - immobile, naked and with her mouth full of a dead guy's shit...her friend died quickly from the situation and I can't have imagined she'd have lasted much longer.

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Post by zoltan » Thu Sep 03, 2009 9:18 am

I like weird films and they don't come much stranger than this i guess.
The lead reminded me a lot of Christopher Walken by his mannerisms, i could imagine him playing the part as well.
Would love to see the sequel with a fifteen part centipede, not sure if the director was joking or serious but i'd like to them do it.
Tom Sixx was a real character and it was really interesting listening to him. Myself also being a big Cronenberg fan is another reason i really enjoyed the experience of watching this movie.

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Post by macready » Thu Sep 03, 2009 9:35 am

Didn't really rate this one at all - I thought I'd be in for one twisted, sick ride along the lines of early Cronenberg. But, the first half was depressingly conventional and once you get over the central concept (which I knew well in advance), there's not a huge amount to it. The ending also wasn't particularly bleak - it's pretty clear that someone else will be along well before she's in any further physical danger.

The actor playing the doctor was great though, and it was a confidently directed debut. I just hope the follow-up will be more ambitious in the head-f*ck stakes.

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Post by krispyg » Thu Sep 03, 2009 1:13 pm

It's not gonna win any oscars is it?

It left me feeling ill and had several look away from the screen moments. It was nasty in all the right places and enjoyable and great fun.
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Post by Laymonite » Fri Sep 04, 2009 12:45 pm

i-went-to-frightfest wrote:and medically accurate i always thought and i could be wrong waste is waste...
That's what I thought too. I'm no expert but surely the body takes all the nutrients it needs and gets rid of the rest as pooh? But I suppose it's probably more that it's medically accurate in so much as that is how it would work practically. Meaning that maybe the mad scientist was wrong and that the two girls would eventually die of malnutrition.

I agree with the people who say that, apart from the centipede concept, it's really a standard kidnapping horror film. But that's what I liked about it too. I was worried it might be overly arty/quirky and be inaccessible. But the fact that it was really a straight forward horror film with a UPS (unique selling point) helped it.

I found the first third to be very tense and exciting, especially the failed escape. And the third third also provided a lot of tension and excitement, once the two cops came along.

The middle section is the really bizarre stuff.
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Post by Alex J » Fri Sep 04, 2009 1:34 pm

Very different - as someone else alluded, this reminded me of Martyrs in terms of setting, style and oddness. Perhaps it's just me, but I would have loved to have seen the centipede with the bandages removed! I quite liked this one and it will be interesting to see the sequel. 8 / 10
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