Friday 18 November 2011

Today's Review: The Human Centipede 2

The Human Centipede 2 is a heart warming family movie about an intrepid group of 12 regular people going up against all odds and forming a close relationship with one another.

Just kidding. The Human Centipede 2 is a soul destroying endeavour. Your heart is only warmed by your body reminding you that despite your decision to watch this movie, you are in fact still human, somewhere inside. Also, the close relationship I described is simply the 12 people being stapled ass to mouth.

Many people know about the horror of The Human Centipede. Many refused to watch it, and many of those who did wished they hadn't. I am quite a sick person it seems, because I found it to be quite tame in comparison to some of the stuff I've seen on the internet, and actually quite a well made movie. With all the controversy behind it though, of course there had to be a sequel, and of course it had to be even more depraved than the first. Despite initially being refused classification in Britain, it is now cut and ready to be unleashed upon the public.

The antagonist in The Human Centipede 2 is a lonely English man named Martin. He lives with his mother, who blames him for his abusive father's imprisonment, and is completely obsessed with the movie The Human Centipede. So much so, in fact, that his main desire is to construct his own centipede containing 12 people. So he sets about bludgeoning people at the underground car park where he works the graveyard shift, and taking them to a warehouse he has rented. By rented I mean he walked in and bludgeoned the guy who wanted to rent it out. Also apparently no one cares about the various bloodstains and abandoned cars left in the car park, but hey, we don't care about that, we want to get to the ass-mouth sewing. So after undergoing various trials with people in his life and collecting enough people for his experiment, Martin begins his work.

The Human Centipede 2 is certainly not for the light hearted. It's filmed entirely in black and white, probably to tone down the vast amount of bodily fluids flying everywhere, but there is some really gruesome stuff. The black and white visuals only really serve to add to the dreary atmosphere that is felt all the way through. The set pieces are old and decaying, the characters are mostly vile, and Martin himself doesn't speak, so most of the sound we're treated to in the movie comes in the form of the groans and cries of the victims, and the grunts and screams of an infuriated Martin.

To everyone's credit though, the parts are acted quite well. You learn to despise Martin from the moment you see him, and his actions only do more to accentuate this perception of him, especially with the screams of the victims being so convincing. The special effects are extremely well done too, this is a movie where everything that happens is shown in extremely gory detail, so a lot of effort has gone into every disgusting scene, presumably to make the audience vomit as much as possible.

The Human Centipede 2 is a depressing, disturbing, gruesome movie. It's certainly not the worst I've seen (I'm looking at you, A Serbian Film), but it's definitely near the top. But despite the controversy and the fact that it may destroy your soul and leave you incapable of happiness, it's quite well made. Seeing as its sole purpose is to disturb and cause controversy, I can hardly deny it a good score, because it does it so well. Watch at your own risk, ladies and gentlemen.

My rating: 4/5

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