NOTE: This review contains spoilers- you’ve been warned.
I don’t care what kind of point or statement Tom Six is or was trying to make with either HUMAN CENTIPEDE FIRST SEQUENCE or this follow up. HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2 (FULL SEQUENCE) is vile and disgusting in every way shape or form- it’s a film that just looks like it smells bad with the amount of bodily fluids and solids spraying all over the screen. Defend all you want if you dare, but there is little to know entertainment value here and about the only possible good thing you can say is that it was filmed well.
Tom Six has made a film that pokes fun at both the critics and the supporters of the first film. HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2 (FULL SEQUENCE) is the answer to the question “what if the first film was just a how to video?” Instead the mad genius of this film is not a genius at all. Martin is a parking lot security guard that uses his job to capture twelve poor souls to create a human centipede of his own. Rather than conducting the highly complex surgical procedure in a homemade hospital room with all the appropriate tools he throws them in a warehouse and uses household utensils to do the dirty deed including a hammer and a staple gun. To make matters worse Martin is not all that interested in the medical rewards so much as he finds the procedure and the centipede itself to be a sexual fascination- it’s all downhill from here folks…not that we were ever on the winning side of this formula.
The thing is that if not for the morally corrupt things Martin does or has intentions of doing he’s the type of character I feel terrible for. For one second I thought I felt sympathy but then I was violently slammed back down to Earth by the horrible nature of Martin’s intentions. It seems as though the villain here is severely deranged but more than that he is likely carrying an even more severe mental handicap. Martin does not speak a single word of dialogue outside of cackling like a madman, grunting angrily or making baby like noises when he’s happy. The character is obviously the product of sexual abuse by his father and mental abuse by his mother that blames Martin for his father being sent to prison. Every other character screams and acts like a douchebag as well so none of them are all that likable either- though I don’t for a second believe anyone deserves the fate they are in for.
The violence and other gags in the film are nearly unbearable even with the black and white barrier. Characters have their teeth hammered out, knee ligaments cut and their mouths stapled to the ass end of their fellow captors. A woman that is nine months pregnant is also subjected to the horror and adds to one of the most deplorable and worthlessly violent scenes in the film.
The first film was surprisingly restrained in comparison to the sequel. Those of you that didn’t get enough fecal matter in the first should delight in one particular vomit inducing scene. Tom Six seemed far too determined to shock the audience with many of the visuals and overall intentions of his villain. Barbed wire and sand paper turn from miscellaneous household tools to items used for sexual gratification and the fact that its use is shown in detail makes it even less of a subtle point and more of a sociopathic need by the filmmaker. Nothing in HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2 (FULL SEQUENCE) even has a glimpse of artistic integrity but it does ooze sadistic self gratification.
Looking at the film I can confidently say that Six has an eye for direction and how to set a scene, but what’s the point when everything on frame is so depraved and unpleasant. Furthermore, I don’t know how he gets people to agree to be in something like this- I refuse to believe anyone is so desperate for an acting gig that they’d settle for being on their hands and knees with their face planted firmly in the backside of their costars. Why not just go into porn? At least that way it’s in the spirit of fun and pleasure as opposed to sick wish fulfillment that is destined to be denounced by thousands even millions of people around the world.
HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2 (FULL SEQUENCE) joins the ranks of the original film as well as another shockfest, A SERBIAN FILM, as a film that forces unpleasant imagery on its audience in order to make a point. I don’t believe for a second that there’s a point to any of the violence or sexual debauchery on display here and I can’t endorse anyone’s opinion that would try to steer me any other way. Tom Six has the ability to direct a film- I just wish that he would put those skills to better use rather than poking fun at his critics by cinematically murdering infants. As art goes HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2 (FULL SEQUENCE) is not a masterfully constructed painting- it’s a feces covered canvas destined for a landfill.
Reviewed By: Luke (@CrummyLuke on Twitter)