The Human Centipede: [First Sequence] + [Full Sequence] 4-Disc Special Edition: The Human Centipede: Full Sequence Blu-ray Review
Written by Sharon Davies
Blu-ray released by Monster Pictures
Written and directed by Tom Six
2011, Region 2 (PAL), 88 minutes, Rated 18 (UK)
Blu-ray released on 29th Oct 2012
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
Yes indeed ‘twas I who invoked the Chinese Whispers scenario with The Human Centipede: First Sequence. As I have mentioned before, I love seeing how far the horror genre can be pushed and when I first saw the trailer to the first of this soon-to-be trilogy, I immediately did the duteous thing of sending it to every living soul I knew and double daring them to watch.
As a person who watches a lot of films, I so often see tired storylines and regurgitated subject matter that if there is any sniff of originality I pounce on it quicker than a fly on, so relevant for this film, poop.
Following on from Ilan's sentiments I would agree wholeheartedly, the first film is beautifully shot, wonderfully executed and had the makings of a cult classic…but I must admit I was left wanting more.
The Human Centipede’s storyline and what it hints at is far more surreal and horrific than what you actually see, similar to the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre when you think you see more than you more than you legitimately do. Human Centipede: First Sequence left me questioning whether more could be done or whether I was simply too desensitised to see the truth.
However upon watching Human Centipede: Full Sequence my question was boldly answered.
Meet Martin, the quiet, internally challenged son of a foul-mouthed, overbearing mother and sexually abusive father. His ghastly upbringing has seemingly given him a very lowly and mute existence and he spends his days guarded is local underground car park.
Now dear Martin has a hobby: he is obsessed with The Human Centipede film, and when I say obsessed he means “lock me in a room for me to explode (literally) onto the film whilst using sandpaper, wearing nothing but my pants.”
...you’ll see what I mean...
...so as part of his bleak descent into madness he decides that despite no medical knowledge, no clue and a serious asthma issue, he will build his own 12-man centipede. Each part of the centipede will be picked off by an unsuspecting member of the public and, if he’s lucky, a member of the original film cast.
In this twisted tale where the term “kissing ass” really comes into its own, we absolutely see a huge ramp up in both gore and scale plus all the promises made by the first come flying into frame with the second. Genuinely unsettling and often from such a mad mind that I wonder what Tom Six has for tea every day.
The film is shot entirely in black and white (although the colour brown does make an appearance during one scene – which is beautifully highlighted in this Blu-ray edition) and has a crisp and stark reality which pulled me completely into this perverted world.
The gore is plentiful and at times massively uncomfortable, but I wouldn’t have it any other way; I guess the only draw back to this version is it isn’t the uncut version. I have actually seen the director's cut and there are some key “money shots” missing from this edition, however it doesn’t take too much away from the finished result. It’s just such a shame some edits had to be made it really makes me mad that some man in his ivory tower is calling the shots on what we can and can’t handle... rant over.
Stunningly and yet sickly played by Laurence Harvey, the casting in this is perfect, how on earth Tom Six managed to find such huge characters in both films is beyond me, he must have magical crazy person summoning powers. Even the cast within the film, his twisted carcass of a mother, the centipeded tattoo’d neighbour and the unhinged bearded doctor – the casting is perfectly sick.
Now here is the thing: I love these films! They’re innovative, barmy, and one of those cool ‘ooh I have a movie I can recommend’ things. The thing I love about Tom Six and his creations is he isn’t afraid to do anything (literally AN-Y-THING) that he thinks will look cool and horrify the viewer. His decisions boost the viewing experience and that’s what I love about this director. The first was shot in colour but felt so clinical, which matched the antagonist so well, this one is black and white and allows a gritty uncomfortable experience which is once again matched by our new bad guy.
If you like your horror psychological and unnerving then HC1 will be your preferred watch, however if you like an all-out gore / gross-out fest then you will certainly see Human Centipede: Full Sequence as the one to reach for – as for me, I can’t WAIT for the third centipede film. Tom Six told me himself in FrightFest that this is going to be the sickest version ever... come on then Tom, let’s see what you got!!
Video and Audio:
This version uses an AVC encoded 1.78.1 widescreen 1080p high definition transfer, and does well with the switch from colour filming to its black and white display. The blood is blacker and the dirt is more realistic than any other black and white film I have seen before. Is it like the black and white movies of yesteryear? No, far from it, if anything this almost adds another character into the mix.
The audio again is perfect in terms of its execution, all noises: from Martin's Pet Centipedes' sticky sounds to the splatter executions. All are created (as seen in the special features) by any means from stabbing a pig carcass to other creative methods and again create a good foundation to the overall piece.
- Interview with director Tom Six (Here Tom Six explains his thinking to the sequel and why he chose to move the story in another direction.)
- Behind the scenes (Nine-minute featurette where the actors on set explain more about the shooting process and overall direction from Tom Six.)
- Foley session (More pig carcass stabbings which equal some of the grosser noises throughout the film — especially the rape scene.)
- Deleted scene (Which basically shows Martin barking at a random dog.)
- Martin Speaks: An Interview with Laurence R. Harvey & Tom Six filmed at UK Premiere of The Human Centipede 2 (Strangely enough Martin very quickly becomes a normal guy?! This almost seems more crazy than his original part!)
- Cast Interview, filmed at UK Premiere (The centipede players discuss the filming process and how much fun they had throughout shooting.)
- Special Edition launch trailer (Love, love, love this trailer! Lets just enough crazy out of the box to make me want to buy the new Blu-ray!)
- 2011 Teaser Trailer
*Note: The screenshots on this page are not a reflection of the Blu-ray image. They were captured using the standard DVD.*