Human Centipede II: Full Sequence DVD Review


Written by Simon Bland

DVD released by Bounty Films

 

 

Written and directed by Tom Six
2011, Region 2 (PAL), 88 minutes, Rated 18 (UK)
DVD released on 21st November 2011

Starring:
Laurence R. Harvey as Martin
Ashlynn Yennie as Miss Yennie
Maddi Black as Candy
Kandace Caine as Karrie
Dominic Borrelli as Paul
Lucas Hansen as Ian

 

 

Review:

 

Grab hold of your sick bags it’s time to check out Tom Six’s controversial Human Centipede follow up. The Human Centipede II: Full Sequence turns the tables on its predecessor, proudly revelling in the fact that it’s ‘100% Medically Inaccurate’. And it is, but in all honesty, that’s the least of its worries.  Round two contains so many grizzly sequences, the whole human centipede bit looks tame by comparison.

This time Six drags his nightmare into the real world.  It’s here where we meet Martin, a severely disturbed individual who’s obsessed with his DVD copy of The Human Centipede. Martin spends his days using his boggled peepers to watch part one and being a rage-sponge for everyone he comes into contact with. Sexually abused by his father, hated by his mother and shunned by society, he’s a ticking time bomb. If there was ever anyone deranged enough to take Six’s debut literally, it’s Martin.

 

 

Things get even dodgier when he starts abducting people and dumping their naked and unconscious bodies into his makeshift warehouse-turned-operating theatre. It’s here where he plans to break the ass-to-mouth conga record set by his twisted hero Dr Heiter.  That’s the crux of the film and as you may expect, it’s not easy viewing.  Almost every scene in this taboo sequel features something unpleasant.  Whether it’s the extremely over-the-top sounds of Martin’s pet centipede, the shocking get-away of a heavily pregnant abductee or the bordering on atrocious acting talents on display, it’s a fair assumption that 99% of people will find something to take offence at here.

But you can’t help but notice that that’s the whole point. Six is cleverly carving out a niche, it just so happens that that niche disgusts the general public. It’s almost as if the grinning director concocted a list of all the most repugnant, degrading acts he could think of and then sculpted a story around them.  As such, blood, guts, faeces and self-degradation feature prominently but to such an extent that it’s actually hard to take any of it too seriously.

 

 

It’s not surprising that the BBFC flipped out over the original cut (who knows what nastiness wound up on the cutting room floor), but perhaps they were missing the irony. Six’s sequel is so self-aware that it instantly disarms anyone willing to suggest that it actually poses any real threat. Its nudge-and-a-wink twist ending ensures that. And while it’s by no means a horror genre gem, it’s grotesque enough to keep you talking and thinking about it for hours after watching.  What’s more, the BBFC may have inadvertently secured many more instalments. After all, is there a better way to drum up horror movie buzz than by saying audiences can’t watch it? So keep hold of those sick bags, this surely won’t be the last time Tom Six makes us wretch.

 

Video, Audio and Special Features:


Not graded as this was a screener.

 

 

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About The Author
Simon Bland
Staff Writer
Simon is a freelance entertainment journalist and has been for over six years. In that time he's contributed work to the likes of SFX, Total Film, Shortlist, Loaded, Front, NME and The Skinny, lectured on Film Journalism at MMU and interviewed everyone from Aaron Paul to Kieth Chegwin. He once had a conversation with Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch and now every other interview pales in comparison.
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