[[caption-width-right:300: Gives the phrase "eat shit and die" (and the term "ass to mouth") a whole new meaning.]]
->'''Randall''': You've never gone ass-to-mouth?\\
'''Dante''': You ''never'' go ass-to-mouth!
-->-- ''Film/ClerksII''

'''[[BrainBleach BRAIN BLEACH]] WARNING''': Just ''reading'' about '''''The Human Centipede''''' could make you wish you hadn't. Those of a sensitive disposition should [[SchmuckBait stop now before it's too late]]. [[SincerityMode We mean it]]; the "centipede" here doesn't just refer to a human with too many limbs. Administrivia/YouHaveBeenWarned.

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 [[MyCarHatesMe get a flat tire]]. They stop for help at the house of [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Dr. Josef]] [[HerrDoctor Heiter]] ([[AwesomeMcCoolName Dieter Laser]]), a surgeon who specializes in separating conjoined twins -- and a man [[MadDoctor with a vision]]. We'll let you get a cold drink and a comfy seat before we share [[BodyHorror his vision]] with you. If you like to drink alcohol, make your drink a [[INeedAFreakingDrink stiff one]].




Ready? Here we go.

Heiter dreams of taking separate individuals and stitching them together to [[BodyHorror 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 JapaneseTourist named Katsuro have just become his first test subjects.

Billed as "[[BlatantLies 100% medically accurate]]," ''The Human Centipede'' gained plenty of early attention from horror fans and sites due to its [[AudienceAlienatingPremise 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 BodyHorror 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|InChina}} the uncut version until the filmmakers cut almost three minutes of footage -- centers around a PsychopathicManchild named Martin who becomes obsessed enough with the [[ShowWithinAShow 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 ''Franchise/MyLittlePony''; judging by people's reactions to the finished product, the sentiment comes off as legit. While the filmmakers billed the first film as "[[DanBrowned 100% medically accurate]]", Six described the sequel as "100% [[ArtisticLicenseBiology medically]] [[SelfDeprecation in]][[LampshadeHanging accurate]]".

Six completed a third movie, ''The Final Sequence''; despite reports of [[http://www.joblo.com/horror-movies/news/the-human-centipede-is-falling-apart-tom-six-suing-actor-dieter-laser a falling out]] between Six and actor Dieter Laser, both Laser and Harvey return, but as different characters. It's set in a prison and Creator/EricRoberts, of all people, plays the prison governor. The film was released May 22, 2015.

The films somehow spawned a [[LighterAndSofter light-hearted]] porn parody, ''[[ParallelPornTitle The Human Sexipede]]'', and inspired the Season 15 premiere of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' ("[=HUMANCENTiPAD=]"). Someone also got the bright idea to make a ScreenToStageAdaptation in ''WebVideo/HumanCentipedeTheMusical''.

!!Provides Examples Of:

* AllAnimalsAreDogs: Heiter attempts to invoke this with the centipede by trying to get it to fetch the newspaper.
* AllJustADream: [[spoiler:The ending of the sequel seems to imply that Martin simply daydreamed it all.]]
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: The theme song for the Japanese version of ''The Final Sequence'' is [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-T1bRVplNA4 "Krazy"]] by Raychell feat. RICKY & RABBIE.
* AndIMustScream: Well, you ''can'' scream... it's just that you can only scream up someone's ass. [[spoiler:This is also Lindsay's ultimate fate, with Heiter and the other two members of the "centipede" dead, [[FateWorseThanDeath leaving her stuck between two dead bodies]] with nobody to help her]].
** 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 [[TongueTrauma pulling out her tongue with pliers]].
* [[AsHimself As Herself]]: Ashlynn Yennie appears as "Miss Yennie" in the second film.
* AsHimself: Tom Six plays himself in ''Final Sequence''.
* AssShove: [[spoiler:Martin ends up on the receiving end of this when Yennie finally snaps.]]
* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler: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.]]
** [[spoiler:Katsuro, right before he kills himself,]] accuses himself of being this
* AwesomeMcCoolName: The actor playing Dr. Heiter is called ''Dieter Laser''.
** The actor playing Detective Voller is named Peter ''Blankenstein''.
* AxCrazy: Heiter. No explanation needed.
* TheBadGuyWins: The third film has deranged prison warden Bill Boss not only succeed in making over 500 convicts into a human centipede, but he also convinces Governor Hughes that making prison inmates into a human centipede is "what America needs".
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Subverted.
* BilingualBonus: "Heiter" is German for ''cheerful''.
** 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.
* BodyHorror: Good ''lord''. They even go into ''graphic detail'' on what the procedure involves. [[spoiler: The cheeks (of the mouth) [[GlasgowGrin 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 of the front teeth are also removed so as to facilitate the flow of feces between segments, as are the kneecaps so as to prevent each segment from standing up.]] Probably the only horror film where ''you don't even need to '''see it''' to be horrified''.
** ''Full Sequence'' is even ''worse''. Instead of actual medical instruments, stuff like '''''staple guns and duct tape''''' are used to [[spoiler:graft each victim to the next.]] As if that wasn't bad enough, [[spoiler:the villain forming the centipede ends up ''ripping out a girl's tongue'' to cease their screaming, and also ends up '''''raping the person at the end with his genitals covered in barbed wire'''''.]]
** ''Final Sequence'' tones it down somewhat, simply [[spoiler:stitching them from ass to mouth without grafting their skin to each other or removing their teeth and kneecaps]]. After all, prisoners have a finite sentence, and they eventually have to leave prison without disfigurement. The exception is for death row inmates and those serving life sentences, who get turned into a "Human Caterpillar" -- not only are they given the full surgery described above, but they also [[spoiler:have their arms and legs removed]].
*** There's also the [[spoiler:imported dried clitorises]]. Eugh.
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: Somewhat inverted in ''Final Sequence''- the head of the 500 man centipede is a black inmate. In the event that this centipede ends as fatally as previous ones have, he will undoubtedly be the last man standing ([[IncrediblyLamePun or kneeling]]).
* BreakTheCutie: Lindsay and Jenny.
* BrokeTheRatingScale: Creator/RogerEbert ''[[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100505/REVIEWS/100509982 refused]]'' to give the first film a rating. To be fair, he has done so in the past, for films such as this and ''Film/PinkFlamingos'', where rating a movie would be pointless, as a director or prospective viewers couldn't possibly care about it.
** On the other hand, he gave the sequel zero stars, because it was "reprehensible, dismaying, ugly, artless and an affront to any notion, however remote, of human decency."
* ChewingTheScenery: Dieter Laser in the first film. In the third one, he doesn't just chew it. He pulverises it and digests it.
* CrackFic: ''FanFic/TheHuemnCeniped2TheHumenMilipede''. Perhaps the author went insane after watching the film.
* CreepyCentipedes: Not the literal one but close enough....
** Played straight with Martin's pet centipede in the sequel.
* DangerousKeyFumble: Lindsay ''deliberately'' drops the keys (for some reason) after locking herself in the [[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate doctor's]] bedroom. She then realizes what a dumb idea this was, when the doctor then appears at the window with a tranquilizer rifle.
* DaylightHorror: Once the operation is complete, the film gets very bright and sunny visually.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: The second film, because the director felt it was scarier in monochrome.
** Plus, if it was in color, it most likely would have been edited down ''more'' than it already was in monochrome.
* DespairEventHorizon: Katsuro finally crosses his after failing an escape attempt and being overcome with guilt, [[spoiler: slitting his throat with a shard of glass.]]
** Jenny's hysteria over her ordeal climaxes right before the operation as she's being sedated, with her devolving into terrified sobs and [[IWantMyMommy pleading for her mother]]. Once the operation is complete she is noticeably subdued in contrast to Lindsay and remains consigned to her fate up until [[spoiler: her death.]]
* DevelopingDoomedCharacters: The {{decoy protagonist}}s 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.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: An insane German scientist wishes to try a potentially-deadly and BodyHorror-ridden experiment on live, human subjects. Whose first name is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josef_Mengele Josef]]. It doesn't help that his last name sounds almost like [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler that other Josef's boss]].
* TheDogBitesBack: [[spoiler: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, [[spoiler: grabs the funnel Martin used to force-feed her earlier, [[AssShove shoves it into his ass]], before grabbing his pet centipede and inserting it into the funnel.]]
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Katsuro.]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: A twisted version in ''Full Sequence''. [[spoiler: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 [[PragmaticVillainy just upset they can't be used in his "centipede"]] is open to interpretation.]]
** Dwight from ''Final Sequence'', who suggests the idea for the centipede in the first place, still objects to Boss's various additions such as [[spoiler: removing the limbs of death row prisoners to form a "Human Millipede" and including an innocent Daisy in the centipede.]]
* EvilOldFolks: Heiter.
* FanDisservice: 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.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Heiter has his moments. Especially when the power cuts out and he apologizes.
* FinalGirl: [[spoiler:Yennie is implied to have survived the second film.]]
** [[spoiler:Lindsay in the original.]]
* FleshGolem: Technically, since the titular human centipede is constructed by sewing people together ass-to-mouth.
* ForceFeeding
* ForTheEvulz
* GoGoEnslavement: Sort of. Both female segments are topless for most of the movie, though the camera never focuses on this.
* GoneHorriblyRight: The Centipede...
* {{Gorn}}
* HerrDoctor, MadDoctor and MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Heiter.
** Dr. Sebring, Martin's psychiatrist in ''Full Sequence'', has a bit of MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate going on, himself, considering [[spoiler:he wants to rape Martin]].
* HopeSpot: Lindsay's escape attempt. The film goes as far as to literally have her standing in front of the open window contemplating running out before she makes the [[IdiotBall foolish]] decision to go back for Jenny.
* IAteWhat: Goes without saying, really.
* IdiotBall: Passed around many times, by both good and evil characters. Some examples:
** [[spoiler: Linsday, after freeing herself, dragging Jenny out of the house at a snail's pace instead of running to get help.]]
** [[spoiler: Katsuro not killing Heiter when he was down and had the chance]].
** [[spoiler: 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]].
* JackTheRipoff: In ''Full Sequence'', the first film inspires Martin to create his own Human Centipede.
* JapaneseTourist: Katsuro.
* KillEmAll
* KillTheCutie: Jenny. May or may not be the case for Lindsay.
* KneeCapping
* LargeHam: Dieter Laser is [[ChewingTheScenery clearly having a lot of fun]].
--> YOU WANT BITE? YOU CAN BITE ZIS! (whilst gesturing to brand new combat boots)
** ''[[PuttingOnTheReich Jack-boots]]'' to be precise.
* LaxativePrank: [[PlayedForDrama Done to horrifying and]] [[NauseaFuel nauseating]] [[PlayedForDrama effect]] in the second film, where Martin injects each of his victims with a laxative syringe, forcing each of them to have explosive bowel evacuations into the mouth of the unlucky person behind them.
* LeftHanging: 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.
* MadDoctor: Heiter. IN SPADES. Well, he ''is'' named [[MeaningfulName Josef]]...
* NightmareFetishist:
** In the first film, Heiter is strongly implied to be getting off when Lindsay, as the "middle" part of the centipede, is "[[{{Squick}} fed]]" by Katsuro.
** Martin, the villain of ''Full Sequence'', became sexually obsessed with the original film (which is a [[ShowWithinAShow Film Within a Film]] in the sequel's universe), and resolved to create a Human Centipede of his own.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRTFsLFzDrE This Australian trailer]] for the film depicts several people's reactions to the film. Most of them are rightfully shocked... but one is shown to be masturbating.
** ''Final Sequence'' has one insane inmate who eats his own feces and actually ''[[TooKinkyToTorture wants]]'' to be part of the Centipede.
* NoDeadBodyPoops: [[{{Squick}} Then again, considering the nature of the film, it's probably for the best.]]
* NoSocialSkills: Heiter. "Are you ''alone''? Are you ''relatives''? I don't like ''human beings''..."
* ObviouslyEvil: Heiter, good ''lord.'' Even Dieter Laser himself admits that he has an ideal "villain face".
* ParallelPornTitles: A porn parody is in the works: ''The Human Sex-ipede''. Though the director claims that it will be more slapstick than [[NauseaFuel scat]].
** The script is actually quite funny, mostly due to the parody element.
* PlotHole: How did Heiter get the centipede out of the basement/OR if all he has is a spiral staircase? [[spoiler: This becomes quite an issue when the centipede attempts to escape]].
* PragmaticVillainy: In the third film, Bill Boss plans to make all of the prison inmates into a human centipede. He kills two inmates that can't be used in the procedure, one because he has a stoma and another because he is disabled. Boss also finds a mentally unstable inmate eating his own feces and wanting to be part of the human centipede, but Boss kills him because he doesn't want anyone to enjoy being part of the human centipede.
* RecursiveReality: In third movie, the first movie becomes a movie within a movie within a movie.
* RecycledInSpace: It's ''Film/HostelPartII''... with even more {{Squick}}!
* SerialEscalation: The first movie has [[spoiler: three people sewn together ass to mouth]] and the sequel has [[spoiler: TWELVE PEOPLE.]] The third one is slated to have [[spoiler: FIVE HUNDRED PEOPLE!!!!.]]
* SequelEscalation: If the first film was too much to stomach, '''''do not''''' watch the second film. Not only are the means of assembling much more rudimentary and unprofessional, but there are more people involved. Additionally, the villain does some horrific things to his victims [[ForTheEvulz for basically no reason]].
* ShownTheirWork: 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 [[spoiler:doesn't last long -- almost immediately, Jenny starts dying from blood poisoning]].
* ShowWithinAShow: The first film to the second film. Both of the first two films for the third film.
* SilenceIsGolden: 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.
* SilentProtagonist: 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 [[TheVoiceless completely silent]].
* StockParody: It's well on its way to this (see the trope heading for details).
* StupidEvil: Heiter. See Idiot Ball.
* TagLine: Which doubles as a RunningGag:
** ''First Sequence'' is "100% Medically Accurate".
** ''Full Sequence'' is "[[SelfDeprecation 100% Medically Inaccurate]]".
** ''Final Sequence'' is "100% Politically Incorrect".
* TakeThatCritics: At least one reviewer sees the sequel as a TakeThat towards the critics of the first film and those who took it too seriously.
* TearsOfJoy: Heiter, [[spoiler: once... oh dear god... once it's complete]].
* TongueTrauma: In the second film, Martin rips out Ashlynn's tongue with pliers after he gets annoyed with her screaming.
* TooDumbToLive: Jenny & Lindsay, rather than staying on the road like any rational human being, decide to walk into the woods (at night) in the middle of nowhere Germany.
** In his review, Creator/BradJones points out that given how ObviouslyEvil Heiter was, it was incredibly stupid of the women to accept drinks from an open container from him.
** Or just driving on the flat tire since the car still ran. If they were smart, they would have paid for the insurance; so they could total it if they had to.
* TooSpicyForYogSothoth: In ''Final Sequence'', there's one mentally unstable inmate who eats his own feces and ''wants'' to become part of the Centipede. Bill shoots him, as being part of the Centipede is meant to be a punishment, not something to be enjoyed.
* TorturePorn: One of the more profilic examples right before the genre went down the chute.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: Complete inversion for the sequel. The trailer shows absolutely NO footage of the movie, or even say what it will be like. What's the point?
** There's probably not enough showable movie. Let that sink in for a minute...
** Actually, there was a second trailer released that did show clips from the film for two minutes.
* VillainousCheekbones: Dieter Laser (Heiter, Boss) sports an impressive pair.
* VillainProtagonist:
** Heiter is the only character in the movie who gets, well, any kind of character. See [[spoiler:DecoyProtagonist]].
** And then there's Martin from ''Full Sequence''.
** The third film stars Bill Boss, a racist and misogynist prison warden who is inspired by the ''Human Centipede'' films to make all of his prisoners into a gigantic human centipede made of about 500 people.
* VomitIndiscretionShot
* TheVoiceless: Detective Voller in ''First Sequence''.
** Martin may never speak in ''Full Sequence'', but he makes some... interesting noises.
* WardensAreEvil: Bill Boss.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: To some extent, Martin is this in ''Full Sequence''. [[spoiler: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 [[MoralEventHorizon 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.]]
* TheWormThatWalks: Inverted.