The sheer mention of The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) is enough to cause a reaction equivalent to that of shitting in ones lunch; having latched onto the controversy of A Serbian Film (2010) a year prior, Tom Six appeared to have used this movie as a showcase of one-upmanship with the aforementioned shocker, in a bid to shock and appal as many people as possible, then laugh his way to the bank afterwards. Now, it’s understandable why many avoid this movie like the plague on premise alone; let alone the contents within it. However, there’s no denying that: a) Tom Six has devised a concept that’s as original as it is sickening and, b) Tom Six is a genius who’s using shock tactics to exploit horror fans seeking out gross oddities; as well as using critics disgust to generate headlines and controversy. Regardless of your opinion of the movies and the man; just know that Tom Six won.
To explain the plot of The Human Centipede II is difficult because there isn’t one, but here goes: An overweight, middle aged asthmatic mute security guard, who still lives at home with his mother, is haunted by his childhood molestation by his father and obsessed with the first Human Centipede movie. So obsessed in fact, he builds one of his own; only with 12 victims instead of 3. That’s it. The movie is more or less a vehicle of pitch black comedic revulsion designed to disgust all who are brave enough to watch it.
This is more of an artistic statement than it is a movie, and yes, it is art: After the first movie, it was criticised by horror fans for being too ‘tame,’ and bashed by critics for being too repulsive. However, as revolting and off-putting as a film about ass-to-mouth might sound, the reality is that the content wasn’t as bad as the premise would suggest. With the sequel, however on the other hand, there isn’t a taboo that isn’t broken: masturbation with sandpaper, dead babies and exploding diarrhoea are just a few of the atrocities on display in this cinematic degradation of human decency.
However, having said that; all of the filth, depravity and vileness aside, The Human Centipede II is a smart, funny little film that mocks its audience more than it tries to exploit their blood lust or sicken them to their stomach. Granted, only the most warped of minds will chuckle at a barbed wire rape scene; but the sheer ridiculousness of the shock tactics aren’t without their comedic value.
This isn’t for the faint of heart, easily nauseated or most human beings in general; but it is a darkly comedic master stroke, and lots of fun if you can stomach it. 7/10
Laurence R. Harvey, Ashlynn Yennie, Maddie Black
Horror, Black Comedy