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Still with us? Well, don't say we didn't warn you.In 2010's The Human Centipede: First Sequence (directed by Tom Six), two young American tourists, Lindsay and Jenny, find themselves traveling through Germany when they get a flat tire. They stop for help at the house of Dr. JosefHeiter (Dieter Laser), a surgeon who specializes in separating conjoined twins — and a man with a vision. We'll let you get a cold drink and a comfy seat before we share his vision with you. If you like to drink alcohol, make your drink a stiff one.Ready? Okay, here we go.Heiter seems to have read Franken Fran a lot — especially the second chapter. He dreams of taking separate individuals and stitching them together to create a "human centipede" that shares a single digestive tract. (Take a minute to let that sink in if you need to.) For the sanity of our readers, we will not describe how he plans to accomplish his goal here, but to bottom line it: Lindsay, Jenny, and a Japanese Tourist named Katsuro have just become his first test subjects.Billed as "100% medically accurate," The Human Centipede gained plenty of early attention from horror fans and sites due to its depraved premise. (Riding on a wave of graphic European horror films helped the film, too.) The film often receives a mixed reaction from horror fans who can stomach watching it: some believe it went to amazing lengths with its premise, while others feel it relied too heavily on Body Horror at the expense of scaring viewers.The film found enough success at festivals around the world to warrant a sequel. 2011's The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence), filmed and set in England — where the ratings board banned the uncut version until the filmmakers cut almost three minutes of footage — centers around a Psychopathic Manchild named Martin who becomes obsessed enough with the first film to try imitating it; however, this time the centipede is longer than three people. Tom Six says the sequel makes the original film look like My Little Pony; judging by people's reactions to the finished product, the sentiment comes off as legit. While the filmmakers billed the first film as "100% medically accurate", Six described the sequel as "100% medicallyinaccurate".Six has completed principal photography on a third movie, and despite reports of a falling out between Six and actor Dieter Laser, both Laser and Harvey will return, but as different characters. It will be set in a prison and Eric Roberts, of all people, is to play the prison governor. The film is currently in post-production in Amsterdam and is due for release in 2014.The films somehow spawned a light-hearted porn parody, The Human Sexipede, and inspired the Season 15 premiere of South Park ("HUMANCENTiPAD"). Someone also got the bright idea to make a Screen-to-Stage Adaptation in Human Centipede: The Musical.
Provides Examples Of:
All Animals Are Dogs: Heiter attempts to invoke this with the centipede by trying to get it to fetch the newspaper.
All Just a Dream: The ending of the sequel seems to imply that Martin simply daydreamed it all.
In the sequel, the same applies, with Miss Yennie being the only one in the centipede to scream clearly. Martin finds this annoying, so he resorts to pulling out her tongue with pliers.
As Herself: Ashlynn Yennie appears as "Miss Yennie" in the sequel.
Ass Shove: Martin ends up on the receiving end of this when Yennie finally snaps.
Asshole Victim: A good portion of Martin's victims in the sequel are people who have wronged him somehow: his mother, his psychiatrist, the rude couple at the beginning, the skinhead upstairs neighbor, etc.
Katsuro, right before he kills himself, accuses himself of being this
An awful lot of the first film is in German and Japanese. Unless you have the DVD subtitles on or know those languages, you're kind of screwed.
Body Horror: Good lord. They even go into graphic detail on what the procedure involves. The cheeks (of the mouth) are cut and grafted onto the cheeks (the other kind) of the person in front of them in such a way that the mouth is enclosed around it and that the person can't even breathe through it, and can't move their jaw without ripping the flesh. Some teeth are also removed. Probably the only horror film where you don't even need to see it to be horrified.
Played straight with Martin's pet centipede in the sequel.
Dangerous Key Fumble: Lindsay deliberately drops the keys (for some reason) after locking herself in the doctor's bedroom. She then realizes what a dumb idea this was, when the doctor then appears at the window with a tranquilizer rifle.
Daylight Horror: Once the operation is complete, the film gets very bright and sunny visually.
Plus, if it was in color, it most likely would have been edited down more than it already was in monochrome.
Developing Doomed Characters: The decoy protagonists that the film opens with are not only horribly written characters, but also horribly acted. Not that you wish the horrors they later endure on them, but they're very annoying and unsympathetic. At the very least, you're thankful when the surgery leaves them voiceless.
The Dog Bites Back: Martin, especially in the scene with the rude boyfriend at the beginning and later on with his mother and their skinhead neighbor.
Then there's Yennie, who, in a fit of adrenaline-induced rage, grabs the funnel Martin used to force-feed her earlier, shoves it into his ass, before grabbing his pet centipede and inserting it into the funnel.
Even Evil Has Standards: A twisted version in Full Sequence. Despite his obvious insanity and cruelty, Martin doesn't actually intend to kill his victims. When he does do it, or thinks he does, he becomes very upset, tries desperately to revive them, and actually cries when he fails (or thinks he did, in the case of the pregnant woman). Whether this is because, in his own twisted way, he feels bad for killing them, or is just upset they can't be used in his "centipede" is open to interpretation.
Fan Disservice: Lindsay has some lovely breasts, but the first time you get to see them is also the first time she feeds after the operation. Did I mention she's the middle segment? In general, you've never had less fun watching topless women on all fours.
Faux Affably Evil: Heiter has his moments. Especially when the power cuts out and he apologizes.
Final Girl: Yennie is implied to have survived the second film.
Idiot Ball: Passed around many times, by both good and evil characters. Some examples:
Linsday, after freeing herself, dragging Jenny out of the house at a snail's pace instead of running to get help.
Katsuro not killing Heiter when he was down and had the chance.
Heiter flipping out about the police's accusations, taunting them about not having a search warrant, then jokes about having a torture den in his basement. The writer clearly left no room for guessing as to what was going to happen next.
Jack the Ripoff: In Full Sequence, the first film inspires Martin to create his own Human Centipede.
Left Hanging: Considering that there should have been some police backup the very same day (since two cops didn't report back from Creepy Guy's home), it's odd that there's no mention of Lindsay's fate.
The Other Darrin: At the moment, Dieter Laser appears to be having a falling out and won't appear in the third film to reprise his role. As such, the role is being recast, with none other than Udo Kier himself in talks.
Parallel Porn Titles: A porn parody is in the works: The Human Sex-ipede. Though the director claims that it will be more slapstick than scat.
The script is actually quite funny, mostly due to the parody element.
Plot Hole: How did Heiter get the centipede out of the basement/OR if all he has is a spiral staircase? This becomes quite an issue when the centipede attempts to escape.
Serial Escalation: The first movie has three people sewn together ass to mouth and the sequel has TWELVE PEOPLE. The third one is slated to have FIVE HUNDRED PEOPLE!!!!.
Shown Their Work: The director brought in a surgeon to consult him on how a "human centipede" would function in real life (hence the "100% medically accurate" disclaimer), including suggesting that it would be able to survive for years with an IV drip to provide fluids and nutrients. This trope may also explain why the centipede doesn't last long — almost immediately, Jenny starts dying from blood poisoning.
Silence Is Golden: Martin, the second film's protagonist, never speaks any actual words and in the second half of the film dialogue is replaced by the cries and moans of the victims.
Silent Protagonist: Martin never says a word onscreen in the sequel. He is intimated to have talked and makes phone calls offscreen (we only see him checking his messages on his phone), so he can speak, but aside from some grunts, he otherwise is completely silent.
Stock Parody: It's well on its way to this (see the trope heading for details).
Martin may never speak in Full Sequence, but he makes some... interesting noises.
Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: To some extent, Martin is this in Full Sequence. He was sexually abused by his father, who went to prison because of it. And his equally horrible mother actually blames Martin for her husband's arrest and treats him like garbage. His psychiatrist Dr. Sebring pretends to be his friend but actually wants to sexually take advantage of him. And most people's first reaction to him, even when he hasn't done anything, is to insult and belittle him. While there is no excuse for the actions Martin takes, it's nonetheless easy to see how all of this can combine to finally make Martin snap and lose himself in grotesque fantasy, and want to enact that fantasy on the people who've wronged him. By the time he actually sets to work, he's so deeply involved in his mania he also targets innocents.