I chose to watch this film based on its title. All I had heard were negative things and I was honestly preparing myself for a man that would explode into a poor quality cgi centipede that ate people or something. (I had not watched a trailer beforehand or really read any synopsis or critic reviews.) I was really expecting a terrible film which I could laugh at. After watching the film I was VERY surprised and immediately came online to check what others thought to now feel somewhat embarrassed to say I felt like this film had me pretty gripped, on the edge of my seat, feeling a lot of tension, some slightly sadder feelings and generally pretty satisfied...
I want to give this film an 8 out of 10, based on its production quality, the acting and the atmosphere and tension created throughout the film.
I don't normally enjoy horror/scifi films as much as I used to simply because I have grown tired of the cheap thrills, the obsession with unrealistic cgi with high budgets and using the same old tricks to scare you.
The types of horror/scifi type films I had really enjoyed were REC, The Orphanage, Alien, The Thing, The Evil Dead etc... now I'm not saying The Human Centipede is similar but I did feel like it created similar tension to that which I enjoyed in the other films.
I also felt that the main character was played incredibly well and made the film feel more believable (Ignoring the concept of stitching people together into a centipede) but more so the way he would talk, act and stare, he was such a disturbing character I found myself feeling more terrified in ways. A disturbing person felt a bit more realistic than an alien popping out of my chest one day... not comparing the films in any way, just stating why I was allowed to feel scared by a human.
The film perhaps was somewhat formulaic, regarding traditional narratives I guess of how scifi/horror films were made in the 90s/00s regarding deaths and perhaps the ending. Not to make it any less enjoyable.
My only real criticism of the film was probably the core concept of stitching people into a centipede... I feel as though I didn't really learn quite enough about the doctor to understand what the incentive fully was. We know he's a retired surgeon who had dogs that he stitched into a centipede but that's about it... So I do find that concept a little odd... I would have liked to know if there was more of a reason for the doctor being the way he was with his ideas. There are obviously little bits and bobs here or there where I think 'but in real life, police wouldn't do that' etc but I always try to let that go in a film.
I also think the title of the film immediately gives it a bad stigma... As I said I was expecting to watch something more like Giant Cobra vs Komodo Dragon or Sharktopus or something...
I think had the film kept the same actors and atmosphere but perhaps changed what the doctor was doing to people this film would have received a much better response. (As I can understand to a point why people would be in a bit of an uproar about what you see) but then again, would the surgeon be as disturbing as a character if he hadn't done something as outrageous? Who knows...
If you want to watch this film, go into it open minded... I don't think it is AS bad as people are saying but maybe that's because I was expecting something horrendous? The operation looked very realistic as well and I really felt the actual production of the film was to a high standard.
But if you want a horror/scifi film which creates suspense and tension and leaves you not having to worry about something jumping out at you every five seconds you might enjoy this.
The Human Centipede
Action / Horror / Sci-Fi
The Human Centipede
Action / Horror / Sci-Fi
Two pretty but ditsy American girls are on a road trip through Europe. In Germany, they end up alone at night with a broken car in the woods. They search for help and find an isolated villa. The next day, they awaken to find themselves trapped in a terrifying makeshift basement hospital along with a Japanese man. An older German man identifies himself as a retired surgeon specialized in separating Siamese twins. However, his three "patients" are not about to be separated but joined together in a horrific operation. He plans to be the first person to connect people via their gastric systems. By doing so, he plans to bring to life his sick lifetime fantasy, the human centipede.
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August 06, 2016 at 01:42 AM