Out of notoriety comes infamousy, and this is certainly been the case surrounding the Human Centipede 2.
First it was banned, and scenes from the film were described in graphic detail, but low and behold what did I see in HMV yesterday.
For the record I did not purchase the film, because having seen the first film I knew what I was letting myself in for.
Basically Martin is your usual everyday car park security guy….actually scratch that, he is actually a weird looking Penguin esque man who clearly has mental problems, can’t talk and was sexually abused by his father as a child.
Now his mother blames him for having his father locked up, so what does he do about it? Well as you would do normally he intends to make a 12 person human centipede, after becoming obsessed with the first film (he even has a scrapbook hidden under his mattress).
The film is shot entirely in black and white, I’m guessing to give it a more raw quality, but considering we are talking about this sort of film it can’t really get any more raw.
The first half of the film shows Martin acquiring his victim from the car park he attends, before taking them to an abandoned warehouse where he can begin slicing and stitching. Not being a doctor though, he takes many short cuts to making ‘full sequence’ including the laughable use of a staple gun.
From here on in the film becomes increasingly difficult to watch, as first he stiches his victims together then proceeds to make them take laxatives and I am guessing you can kind of figured out the rest.
It seems Director Tom Six’s concept behind this film was to show art imitating life; but it struggles through a lack of warm characters to feel sorry for. Basically these people are given three minutes air time before being knocked out and stitched up (literally).
Our villain is more cartoon-esque than sinister, and whilst quite a disturbing character he lacks the aura of the doctor from the original who had a real sinister edge to him.
In summary having watched it for morbid curiosity I wouldn’t recommend to anyone squeamish, or anyone for that matter as the ability to shock with horror is far more powerful than the power to disgust; a point the Human Centipede 2 clearly missed.