Posted by: Peter Hall
Written and directed by Tom Six, 2011
When watching David Fincher’s SEVEN for the first time, did you see the fat man lying dead in a bowl of soup and think to yourself, “Screw the guy with the interesting motive that killed him, I want to see a movie about that worthless, walking tub of human lard!”? If so, IFC Midnight has a movie for you.
THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2 (FULL SEQUENCE) is an unwinnable film. It’s Tom Six’ response to all of the claims that his first controversial film about a mad scientist who sews people ass-to-mouth was in fact not controversial enough. So he sought to make as ugly a film as possible to silence all of the critics that felt the FIRST SEQUENCE was too tame. And he does a very efficient job of doing that. If you thought the first was a pale execution of a batshit insane premise, then Six is going to show you what you cried was missing. You’ll see knee-joint tendons pulled out of their natural home and sliced with a grimy pair of scissors. You’ll see it several times, in fact. You’ll see considerably larger volumes of shit going into mouths. And you’ll even see some new nonsense that Six has cooked up involving other genital parts.
But the problem with the first HUMAN CENTIPEDE wasn’t that it walked on eggshells, it was that it was a dull movie where you were more interested in the mad scientist than each segment of his medical abomination. So instead of making a more well-rounded film with an interesting story and actual character development, Six has opted to make a movie that is boring and directionless from beginning to end. There’s nothing redeemable here. Nothing provocative or challenging. It’s just a depressing attempt at creating a modern-day freak show, the freak being not the 12-person human centipede, but Martin, the miserable man at the center of this braindead story about a man who is obsessed with the film THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE and is compelled to recreate it in real life.