Thursday, 5 August 2010

The Human Centipede (First Sequence)

In a Nutshell: Tourists are ‘transformed’ into a Human Centipede by a mad scientist.

There’s a lot of talk surrounding the idea behind Tom Six’s film, the basic premise is as disgusting as expected. But, it’s done rather well for what it is…

There are shades of early David Cronenberg (Shivers), a touch of black comedy and at times it gets quite dark, yet it constantly shifts from serious to the sort of thing 'Troma' would make. I was surprised to find that it’s actually a somewhat competent horror flick, the simple idea is somehow simultaneously stupid and (dare I say) quite brilliant. But, this is where the problems arise; the idea is stretched out too thin and it was an idea that was maybe best told as a thirty minute short. There’s not enough going on here to justify a feature film, not to mention a sequel and a planned trilogy due to the original films success!

It’s not as graphic as some might lead you to believe and anything ‘shocking’ is tame in comparison to ‘A Serbian Film'. It is a disturbing concept and it’s quite well constructed, but it holds back on the imagery if you're expecting an ultra-sick-fest. It would have been good as part of an anthology, but as a feature it’s a shallow experience. It's worth a watch for curiosity sakes, just don't expect anything too serious.


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