Saturday, April 7, 2012

The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)

***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!

The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) - 1 out of 5

Believe it or not, I really enjoyed the first film.  The Human Centipede (First Sequence) was something unheard of in the horror world.  It was clearly painstakingly put together as it offers just enough to fully disturb the viewer with its subject material and it's amazing actor from the evil scientist character played by Dieter Laser.  The movie offered an entertainingly sick adventure about a man who decides to conjoin three individual to create...wait for it...a human centipede.  Because of the success (mostly through shock) this film caused, the creators made a 2nd (and a third is on its way).

Ashlynn wasn't very good at playing herself.  She should
probably avoid that in the future.
In the reality of The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence), the first film is just that, a film.  A grotesque looking parking lot attendant becomes obsessed with the movie and decides to bring the movie to the real world by creating his own human centipede from people he bludgeons and kidnaps from the parking structure.  Living with an abusive mother, his obsession of bringing this film into his reality becomes all the more dominant as he snaps, kills his mother and puts his plan into gear--he even convinces Ashlynn Yennie from the first film to come out to a phony casting call but ends up the "head" of the centipede...better than being at the end like she was in the first film!

Get used to this sweaty hunk because you'll have to watch him for an hour and a half.

First off, the first one was fine by itself but sequels are a part of life.  If the movie makes a minor amount of money or if it's critically acclaimed enough or even hated enough, a sequel will be made.  I get that but the biggest problem I had with this sequel is the fact that director/writer Tom Six was far too preoccupied with making a shocking film for the sake of shocking.  With his only care being gratuity anus-puckering gore and disturbing imagery, things like camera work, editing, acting, story and every other technical aspect of filmmaking gets put in the backseat--actually, the car that was The Human Centipede II left all those aspects in the dust behind them on its way to gore and guts, those aspects didn't even have time to get in the car.

How did a Rabbi get into this film?

The biggest detractor of this emphasis on trying to shock and make your audience uncomfortable (other than it makes your film look like a bad college film in its quality) is the fact it becomes painfully boring and even more painfully predictable.  With Six's only concern about providing jarring scenes, he forgets to fill in the voids between them with substance and the movie becomes nothing but a waiting game for the next scene of pain.  By the end of the film, the scenes that were so obviously meant to disturb you actually become sequences that made me yawn.  But don't get me wrong, this movie is still flippin' disturbing. 

Seriously, this movie is so gross, it was nearly impossible
to find stills I could actual use in this review.
The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) is just plain sloppy filmmaking.  I don't want to tell Tom Six how to do his job but offer up something other than an attempt at making me feel uncomfortable while watching your poorly produced film.  After awhile, these scenes no longer have the same effect because, as an audience member, I quickly became desensitized to it and it just became boring.  You had an interesting concept with a man being obsessed with the film (even though that was asking for a whole lot of suspended disbelief because who really would be obsessed with The Human Centipede) but the entire film felt phoned it and gimmicky.  Even the addition of having an emotionally abusive mother to the film's antagonist felt tacked on--and what does that say about the pervert psychologist who wanted to rape the parking lot attendant you needlessly threw into the story?  I realize a third film is going to be made and there's nothing we can do to stop it so, I'm asking...please actually put some thought into it.  End on a high note...or at least as high as a note as this franchise can get because you set the bar low with this stinker.

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