The Human Centipede [First Sequence], a medically accurate horror film
Most films of the horror genre incorporate elements of the supernatural and feed on our dark fears of the unknown. However, Tony Six’s 2009 horror The Human Centipede [First Sequence] takes on an original approach, combining medical research with a depraved mind to create something new.
The film is about a mad doctor who kidnaps two American tourists and Japanese businessman, and performs an operation on them joining them from mouth to anus.
The antagonist Dr. Heiter (Dieter Laser), a retired German surgeon who is famous for separating conjoined twins decides to join subjects to create a new being.
He practiced the procedures on his three Rottweilers and then starts looking for human subjects.
This is referred to in a photograph he looks at in the beginning of the film. We are also reminded of this when the girls enter his premises – there is grave marker with the engraving “Mein Lieber 3 Hund” or “My 3 Dear Dogs/Hounds”.
The victims, Linsay (Ashley C. Williams) and Jenny (Ashlynn Yennie) are American tourists on a road trip across Europe.
On their way to night club, their car gets a flat in the middle of the road and the pair, in search of help, stumbles upon the sinister doctor’s property and ask for assistance.
The final piece of the sequence comes from a Japanese businessman who we get to know as Katsuro (Akihiro Kitamura).
This film although not as graphically gross as I had anticipated contains a plot that is not suited for weak. As the doctor explains his procedure to their victims we are given a dose of shock treatment especially with idea of having one’s mouth stitched to another’s anus.
The heavy use of bandages sanitizes the content and lets the imagination work its magic. However, the scene when Katsuro excretes for the first time – right into Jenny’s mouth who will later pass it on to Linsay may cause major discomfort.
This scene alone will probably make you physically ill if you don’t have the stomach for such depravity, but for those who do, this will probably be a cinematic delight.