It didn’t take long for the original ‘Human Centipede’s reputation to outgrow its product. A film that was initially the stuff of legend by being the most depraved, violent, disgusting work in recent cinema was quickly dispelled. While it features a disturbing subject, the fact of the matter is that the film actually featured quite small amounts of disgusting matter on screen – only the stuff it put into your imagination was truly bothersome. But once that became the new public opinion, writer & director Tom Six decided to give a big ‘fuck you’ to the audience. Enter: The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence).
The Human Centipede 2 revolves around a man named Martin; an obese, traumatically abused parking lot attendant who watches the original film and decides to re-enact it. By claiming that it was ‘100% medically accurate’, he writes notes based on the scientist’s experiments, kidnaps a large number of people, brings them to a rented-out warehouse, and performs the experiments himself.
Two fascinating motifs that run throughout its runtime are that it is completely shot in black & white, and the main character doesn’t say a single word except for a moment of crying out “mommy”. It’s a haunting combination that make the experience all the more unsettling.
A meta-look in response to the criticisms of his original film where people said it would inspire serial killers and sick perverts alike to gain inspiration – while also being slammed for not being visually graphic at all – combined into a nightmare that is extremely twisted, violent, and overall fucked up. Everything you thought (or wished) you had gotten with the first film is amplified here by a hundred. Various tools meet various joints, people are sewn together, and things get completely devestating when laxatives & barbed wire are introduced. This film pushes boundaries and taboos and completely relishes in the idea of giving the audience what they complained they wanted and never backing down.
Before we even get to the mayhem in the warehouse, the film is a long series of seeing Martin’s daily interactions with his abusive mother, abusive therapist, and everyday abuse from people at his job. The film does a sick trick of making you understand the man and almost feeling sympathy for him, right before making him do the most heinous things with glee.
It’s absolutely revolting, the violence is natural and you can really feel it, and it just never seems to end quick enough. There’s a special edition Blu-ray that features a fully colorized version of the film – and in my opinion, the color adds an extra layer of gore and visceral absurdity. Especially for the last 15 minutes of this glimpse into Hell in a Warehouse..
Unlike its predecessor, it is 100% NOT for the weak-stomached or only-slightly seasoned horror viewers. While it is definitely not the most depraved thing you can see (and there sure is a lot of it out there), it is still on that extremity iceberg of things that are visually worse than a standard imagination would be on its own. You can smell the rancid odor through the screen.. you can taste all the blood.. you can hear all the splashes and squirms you wish you never would..
Absolutely amazing piece of visceral cinema which is practically shameful to admit. I will not be re-watching it anytime soon in my future, but there are several images that will probably follow me into the grave.
“The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence” is currently available on Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, and Google Play.
‘Til Next Time,