After their car breaks down while in Germany, Americans Lindsay (Ashley C. Williams) and Jenny (Ashlynn Yennie) wind up at a remote villa — and soon find themselves trapped in a nightmare. Dr. Josef Heiter (Dieter Laser) kidnaps them for his demented experiment to create a human “centipede.” The plan includes removing their kneecaps so they must walk on all fours, then surgically connecting them to a Japanese man to create a bizarre human chain.
Rating: 5 out of 10
I’m really torn on this one. On one hand, you have a brilliant idea for a film. You take a mad doctor who’s profession is to separate conjoined babies and decides, what would it be like if I join them together? That’s pretty scary, at least to me.
On the other hand, I believe there’s not much of a point to this. After the people have been “joined” together (I don’t think I’m giving much away. It’s the title of the fucking movie), they cry and suffer and can do little else. If the sole purpose of the film was to let the doctor perform this operation and see the aftermath, it could have been 20 minutes long. So what are we left with? A lot of suspenseful moments that defy logic. These characters are not very smart and the script doesn’t do them any favors. I’m going to discuss a few spoilers, so, if you’re interested in the film, stop reading now.
There’s one sequence where one of the women, who has been strapped to the bed awaiting surgery, is about to be induced into sleep by the mad doctor. She’s been waiting there for over a day and just as the doctor is about to inject here, she figures out she can open the buckles tying her down with her teeth. In fact, she makes it look almost easy. If that were the case, how can you the director tell me she wouldn’t have escape sooner? There’s a bunch of instances where you, as a viewer, will go, “You can’t be that stupid.” On the other hand, there are some positives to be found. Dieter Laser is brilliant as the doctor. He oozes evil and is the most insensitive and depraved villain in the horror genre in quite some time. Also, Tom Six directs with some flair. He creates real tension and has some sequences of real doom. But, in the end, we’re left with little more than a short film extended to a 90 minute run time. I would love to see what six has in store for the future. He might have a great film in him but this is not it.