Sunday, 30 August 2015

The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) (2011)

Human Centipede 2 Poster.jpg
Will leave you squirming

Director: Tom Six
Running Time: 91 Minutes
Starring: Laurence R. Harvey, Ashlynn Yennie

UK Headlines were made in 2011, as Tom Six's sequel was originally banned due to its revolting content. The film was eligible to be viewed by the British public after 32 cuts were made, but the BBFC clearly had the peoples needs in mind through the initial ban.

Tom Six uses a uniquely meta concept, by having the main character, Martin (Laurence R. Harvey) become obsessed with the 2009 film, The Human Centipede: (First Sequence). How obsessed, you say? To the point where he kidnaps people, and begins designing his own Human Centipede.

It's clear what Six's focus is, as he throws sickening visuals at the viewers as if to say "You thought the first film was gross? Wait until you see this". Many different attempts to be "edgy" are thrown at the wall, in an effort to see what sticks, but it leaves the proceedings as unsettling, grim to watch and difficult to get through.



Martin, our lead character.

One scene has Martin sit at the dinner table with his mothers corpse, moments after murdering her. In the hands of a capable director, there lies potential within this scene, perhaps to make the scene blackly humorous, and the character akin to Norman Bates. But what we get is merely another horrendous visual, intended to shock and sicken in a film full of images like that.

Laurence R. Harvey gives a  performance that's vocally silent, only eliciting laughs and coughing sounds throughout. He gives a performance that's quietly chilling, which makes it unfortunate how it's overshadowed by this mess of a film.

If Tom Six's goal was to create one of the most difficult films to watch, then congratulations to him for succeeding. The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) is a less preferable option to a prostate exam from Freddy Kruger. Throughout the 91 minute runtime, there's nothing which resembles merit or art, just reprehensible time-wasting which could be spent elsewhere.

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