Where Are the Women? The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence)

Where Are the Women The Human Centipede III Final Sequence

There is only one woman in this movie, and she is present only so that we can be “amused” by how she is mistreated and demeaned by the male protagonist.

Warning! Some of the details here may constitute spoilers for those not familiar with the story. They might also make you want to vomit.


Does the film take place in a primarily all-male environment (ie, prison, historical military)? [why this matters]


[no significant representation of women in authority]


Is there a female character with significant screen time who dresses less appropriately for the environment than her male counterparts do? [why this matters]
Is a woman or women used as decorative objects/set dressing? [why this matters]
Are one or more either a protagonist or significant supporting character? [why this matters]
Is this a major recurring visual motif? [why this matters]
Does this include gratuitous “booty” shots? [why this matters]


Is femininity used as a joke (ie, a man crossdressing for humorous intent) in passing? [why this matters]
Is there a female character who is primarily defined by her emotional and/or sexual relationship with a man or men? [why this matters]
Is there a female character who is sexually manipulated or abused by a male protagonist as a way to advance his story? [why this matters]


Is there anything either positive or negative in the film’s representation of women not already accounted for here? (points will vary)

This is so sadistic and woman-hating that I can hardly bear to write it: A joke is made of how the male protagonist has a jar on his desk that contains — Jesus fucking Christ — dried human clitorises that he has imported from Africa, which he eats believing that they will impart him with strength (during the act of which he shouts, “Thank God for female circumcision!”). Later, his female secretary will mistake the contents of the jar for candy and eat one.


IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)

IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)

BOTTOM LINE: There is only one woman in this movie, and she is present only so that we can be “amused” by how she is mistreated and demeaned by the male protagonist. He treats her body like his private property, including raping her while she is in a coma after being beaten up. The protagonist is meant to be evil and twisted, but the camera delights in her too-tight, too-revealing clothing and in her abuse in exactly the same way he does, and invites us to do the same.

Click here for the ongoing ranking of 2015’s films for female representation.

NOTE: This is not a “review” of The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence)! It is simply an examination of how well or how poorly it represents women. (A movie that represents women well can still be a terrible film; a movie that represents women poorly can still be a great film.) Read my review of The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence).

See the full rating criteria. (Criteria that do not apply to this film have been deleted in this rating for maximum readability.)

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Thu, May 28, 2015 2:38am

So is this officially the basement of your series? I cannot fathom anything worse than what you describe here.

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  Constable
Thu, May 28, 2015 9:05am

Son of a Gun is still worse.

You can see all the films rated so far on the ongoing-ranking page.

Thu, May 28, 2015 5:06am

I read the “wildcard” section, and now I want to vomit.

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  Jurgan
Thu, May 28, 2015 9:03am

I did warn you… :-/

reply to  Jurgan
Thu, May 28, 2015 9:21am

They should sell barf bags in the lobby as a marketing gimmick, the same way that, decades back, publicists used to have medical care waiting for people who fainted during a horror movie.

Mon, Dec 05, 2016 1:52am


I thought that the reason that she was there was much heavier than that the audience be “amused.”
It’s common in movies and novels where the themes are dominated by men or toxic masculinity (prison, war, etc) to use female characters to reflect those themes. Just as frequently, we see women being utilized as a metaphor for innocence because seeing a woman be beaten and tortured on screen or in text is different than when you make that character a man. The dialogue in the film specifically talks about how Daisy is the only pure and decent thing in that prison. Every single part of this movie is important and it’s a great piece of work if you’ve got the eye to appreciate it and the stomach to tolerate it.

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  squich
Mon, Dec 12, 2016 10:06pm

You’re so close to understanding why all of that is a problem…

reply to  MaryAnn Johanson
Tue, Dec 27, 2016 1:30pm

I one-hundred percent understand why that’s a problem from a feminist perspective. Those problems don’t make it a bad movie. This was never meant to be feminist propaganda like Mad Max: Fury Road. It was meant to be an artistic (and highly opinionated) statement on the violent and racist/sexist perversions of American culture as it reacted to the first Human Centipede film.
This review doesn’t even bother to address that the only actress in the story was pulled from her typical work as a porn star for this role. The entire film is painfully deliberate and, from the perspective that focuses on the intent of Tom Six and how it fits in the rest of the series, this is a completion of an expression from a person who does gruesome and artistic film pieces. I’m frequently enraged that it’s any good at all specifically /because/ I understand what’s wrong with it. This is his first (and last) in the series and the only one that doesn’t feature a fierce and resistant key female character. Daisy is exactly what she was supposed to be in order to adequately communicate a harsh and biggoted opinion against Tom Six’s harshest critics.

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  squich
Tue, Dec 27, 2016 3:06pm

Those problems don’t make it a bad movie.

I make it perfectly plain this these WATW evaluations are NOT reviews. You can read my review of HCIII — it’s linked right at the bottom of the post — to see why I thought the movie was bad. (Spoiler: I barely even mention the anti-woman problems in my review.)

This review

It’s not a review.