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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

trailer break: ‘The Human Centipede (First Sequence)’

Take a break from work: watch a trailer…

Warning: even this trailer is not for the squeamish.


I’m still debating with myself whether I want to subject myself to this. These images are bad enough — I’m not sure I want the rest of it in my head. EW’s PopWatch asks, “Is this the most disgusting horror film of all time?” and it just might be, judging from the trailer alone.

And yes, as the title suggests, there’s a sequel coming: The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence).

The Human Centipede: First Sequence debuts on IFC on Demand on April 28; it opens theatrically in the U.S. and Canada on April 30; no U.K. release date has been announced.



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  • i can’t even see the trailer (here at work) and i’m feeling squeemish!

  • Leslie Carr

    There is a tagline “100% medically accurate” – that’s not helping much. Can we see some My Little Pony films? I’d really like that now.

  • FrankS

    The “First Sequence” part of the title made me go search IMDB… there’s a second flick in the works: The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence).

    Yeah… something to look forward to later this year.

  • Der Bruno Stroszek

    Steeled myself for the worst. Watched the trailer. Expected a red-band bloodbath. It’s interesting, actually, that there’s almost no blood in it – less, in total, than there is on Russell Crowe’s face in the Robin Hood trailers – but it still feels much, much worse than your standard horror trailer because of the disgustingness of the concept.

    The film in full will still have that concept, of course, as well as probably having all the gore that couldn’t be shown in the trailer. So, er, fun times ahead!

  • MaryAnn

    There doesn’t need to be any gore in this movie for it to be the most disgusting movie ever. It’s already the most disgusting trailer ever.

    And yet… I’m intrigued. And I hate myself for being intrigued. Exploring that concept alone might it worth reviewing this film.

  • mortadella

    Holy shit…..I think I need to go to my happy place now.

  • JoshDM

    If you gotta be part of the human centipede, I think it’s best to be the guy in front.

  • JoshDM

    I just re-watched it. There is a scene in what is likely his bedroom and the girl picks of a lamp. You gotta look at the framed picture of the dog(s) on the nightstand.

  • the rook

    and it’s 100% medically accurate!

  • Victor Plenty

    You gotta look at the framed picture of the dog(s) on the nightstand.

    No. As a matter of fact, I don’t. I do not plan to view the trailer again. Ever.

    After viewing it once, I considered leaving this site behind, never to return.

    Now I pose a question: are the social benefits of privacy laws sufficient to justify their continued existence, when the concept of privacy also makes it easier to commit crimes of the type depicted in the trailer?

  • MaryAnn

    After viewing it once, I considered leaving this site behind, never to return.

    I did warn you…

  • Kenny

    Umm… as disgusted as I was by this. I couldn’t help wondering… wouldn’t the girls at the back die of thirst fairly quickly?

  • Michael

    Umm… as disgusted as I was by this. I couldn’t help wondering… wouldn’t the girls at the back die of thirst fairly quickly?

    …Yeah, because that’s the problem with this. *shudders*

  • aquila6

    Why did this trailer remind me of Matthew Barney’s “Cremaster Cycle”?

    http://www.cremaster.net/

  • Victor Plenty

    MaryAnn, yes, you did warn us. However, there’s no conceivable wording that could give enough warning for this particular case. The filmmakers are the ones to blame for that, not you.

    Still, this site is where I encountered their work, and so this was the site I strongly considered leaving, never to return.

    What I really wanted to leave was this PLANET.

  • Fuggle

    I … I am torn. I really, really don’t want to watch this.

    But I want to know what it is.

    But I don’t want someone to tell me, because that’s the cheap way out, and I don’t want to bring that into the comments in case anyone else is reading them without viewing the videos.

    Damn morbid curiosity! To wikipedia?

  • I stopped watching the trailer halfway once it became obvious that the trailer wasn’t exactly going to give those girls a happy ending.

    I’m sorry. I know that sounds wimpy but I already got enough real-life horror stories floating around in my head without adding a fictional blend of shameless sadism to the mix.

    I suppose if I was more jaded, I’d show this trailer to the same female acquaintance who found Drag Me to Hell to be lame. But with my luck, I’d probably get a response like, “If you think that was something, let me tell you about the time…”

  • MaSch

    I am so fucking glad I can’t see this video at the moment. This whole thread seems like Schmuck Bait Deluxe, and I’ve already encountered a very unpleasant Chuck Palahniuk story this way.

  • Ide Cyan

    Corn and peanuts, MaSch?

    Although that story made me laugh. It took me a couple of hours to get over the gross-out from this trailer.

  • Victor Plenty

    For Fuggle, and anyone else who might be wondering, I went ahead and scouted Wikipedia on this… thing. After all, it is already too late for me to avoid knowing about it.

    The good news is also the bad news. The very first paragraph over there explains the concept in horrific clinical detail. So if you are trying to avoid knowing why every sane person is so disgusted by this trailer, do NOT go to the Wikipedia entry, no matter what you do.

    However, if you find that a written description makes it easier for you to intellectually distance yourself from concepts that are too disturbing to handle when portrayed on screen, you might find the Wiki article helpful.

    The article also includes a complete plot summary which appears to cover every important plot point (as near as I can tell without ever seeing the movie). Of course this is bad if you are trying to avoid spoilers; but if you want to make sure that morbid curiosity about the fates of the major characters will never induce you to view the movie, then plot spoilers may be just what you needed.

    And yet, before you go over there, a word of warning. If you wondered whether this concept could get any worse than what is portrayed in the trailer… the answer to that is yes. It does get worse.

    I won’t go into any details, except to mention that the producer/director/screenwriter considers this the beginning of a trilogy.

  • Ide Cyan

    Victor Plenty: yeah, reading the plot summary was part of my coping strategy, too. Abstraction helps!

  • MaSch

    Ide Cyan: Don’t remember corn and peanuts. Remember, however, a carrot, wax from a candle and a swimming pool.

  • JoshDM

    So is anyone going to say they re-watched it and saw the dog picture on the nightstand? The girl even turns to take a second look at it.

  • Poor MaryAnn is actually going to have to sit through this movie when it is finally released–unless it’s not screened for critics.

  • Ide Cyan

    MaSch: that’s the one. I heard about it from the article where Palahniuk explains how people fainted at readings when he got to the words “corn and peanuts”.
    http://chuckpalahniuk.net/features/essays/guts-effect

  • Kensai

    The female victims in this film seem to be an obvious metaphor for the audience of this film.

  • MaryAnn

    Poor MaryAnn is actually going to have to sit through this movie when it is finally released–unless it’s not screened for critics.

    Oh, no: there have been numerous press screenings already in NYC, and it has been the topic of much conversation by we critics whenever we run into one another (like at other screenings): Mostly, you hear, “Have you seen *The Human Centipede* yet?” in a tone of hushed horror.

    It looks like I won’t make the last screening. But I will be able to see it (if I decide to do so) on demand.

  • Victor Plenty

    Kensai wins… if it weren’t for the obvious fact that thinking of an apt description for this film is one of those games where the only winning move is not to play.

  • Les Carr

    I find myself returning to this trailer that seemed so disgusting a few days ago and discovering that the whole concept has turned rather, err, silly, with the passage of time. Is the Mad Scientist just Roger Bart reprieving his role of from “The Producers”?

  • stryker1121

    Watched the trailer, read the Wiki…and really the film seems more campy than disturbing. Not that I’m gonna go run out and see it, mind you.

  • Irishlass

    Actually, I saw the movie at the IFC Center in New York City a few weeks ago. It’s also available on IFC on demand (Cablevision). For true horror-movie lovers, it’s a movie not to be missed! If you are anything less than a horror devotee, I would not even try to attempt to watch it. The scenes are way too gruesome fr the average movie-going public. As a horror-movie lover, I welcome original additions to the genre. For me, it’s refreshing to see a new concept appear, no matter how horrifying!

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