YMMV: The Human Centipede

  • Audience-Alienating Premise: Frankly, not many people would stand to see a film with a premise as disgusting as sewing people's mouths to other people's anuses.
  • Bile Fascination: Don't deny it. You watched these movies just to see how far they would take the concept of "Sew person ass to mouth"
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: After the girls get a flat tire, a Dirty Old Man drives by, tell them how bad he wants to fuck them, and then drives off.
    • No doubt they later realize they'd have been better off accepting his offer.
  • Complete Monster: Dr. Josef Heiter was a leading authority on separating conjoined twins before deciding to try the "reverse" of this. To that effect, he kidnaps a truck driver and two American girls in order to use them as test subjects against their will for the "human centipede," which consists in joining the victims, mouth to anus, causing unimaginable suffering. However, he kills the truck driver due to him not having the same matching DNA as the two girls, and then replaces him with a Japanese tourist. When one of the girls almost escapes, Heiter punishes her by making her the "middle" piece so she's forced to feel the same pain twice. When two detectives come to Heiter's home to question him about the suspected disappearances, Heiter tries to drug them to add them to his centipede with one of the girls getting sick. When it doesn't work he simply tries to murder them. Heiter is just a perverted psychopath of a mad scientist willing to subjecting his victims to unthinkable horror in order to pursue his insane and selfish goals.
  • Crosses The Line TWENTY-SEVEN TIMES!
  • Dancing Bear: Some people don't care about the quality of the movie, only how ridiculous it is. Felix Clay in Cracked's 6 Horror Mashups Just Crazy Enough to Be Awesome calls it a "Shlock shock horror movie that was made solely for the sensationalism of saying it was actually made [...] The novelty of this movie ended with the idea of it."
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Could be said with Dieter Laser and especially Laurence R. Harvey, who has been seen in videos to be a very nice guy, makes you wonder why he would want to work on something like this.
  • Memetic Mutation: 100% medically accurate.
    • The Centipede in general has been parodied almost to this point. A common game on the internet after the film came out was to decide who should be in a real-life version of the Centipede, and what positions they should be in. Centipedes made from hated celebrities (Justin Bieber, Paris Hilton, various Disney Channel stars) are among the most commonly proposed.
    • Tosh0 has turned "Rohyphnol. Rape drug." into a Running Gag.
    • There are probably more parodies of these movies than people who have actually seen them (neither film managed a wide release and only played at midnight).
  • Moral Event Horizon: Dr. Heiter creating the Human Centipede, obviously.
    • Martin trying to create an even bigger centipede.
  • Most Annoying Sound: As Daniel Tosh and Emer Prevost were saying, the girls' acting is so bad you almost want them to be sewn into someone's ass so they'd stop talking.
  • Narm: Large sections of this film have some very bad acting.
    • "YOU! Are the... MIDDLE piiiiece!"
    • "Shit! I have to shit. I'm sorry... please forgive me..." Of course, there isn't much else he could say in this situation.
    • "IF YOU DO NOT OPEN UP IMMEDIATELY I WILL... CCCCCCCCCCCCCCAHT YOUR KNEES AND PULL YOUR TEETH OUT ONE BY ONE WITHOUT ANY ANESTHETIC!"
    • "FEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEED HEEEEEEEEEEEEEER, FEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEED HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEER."
    • Katsuro's ridiculously poetic threat to Heiter: "The Japanese possess unbelievable strength when backed into a corner!"
    • Heiter's really pathetic attempt to mimic chicken clucking.
    • "SWAAAAAAAAAAALLOW IT, BITCH!!"
    • Then there is the actual Human Centipede itself. It's just three people kneeling with their mouths sewn to their asses. The concept seemed much scarier in your head now, doesn't it?
    • The last 20 minutes or so of the sequel zigzags between this and Squick. It's really hard not to laugh when you see all the victims sewn together because you know this physically can't happen. But at the same time, it's really hard not to gag when they all shit in each other's mouths. But then Martin pukes afterwards, and the next thing you know, you're laughing again. But then the pregnant woman turns out to be Not Quite Dead, gives birth in a car, and crushes her baby's head underneath the gas pedal. Start gagging again. But THEN Yennie hits Martin in the balls, and shoves a centipede up his ass while he pathetically whines. Start laughing again.
  • Narm Charm
  • Nausea Fuel: You don't even need to see it. Just READING about it is enough to put you off food.
  • Nightmare Retardant: Although the premise really is Nightmare Fuel, the absolutely narmful acting, the efforts made to make fun of the film, and the mere existence of a ridiculously random fanfic make it nearly impossible to take it seriously anymore. Perhaps it really is scarier if you don't see the movie.
  • Recycled IN SPACE!: The first film is more or less a total ripoff of Hostel Part II.
  • Rule 34: Thanks to the existence of certain shock videos, you just know that someone thinks this is sexy.
    • Seems to be becoming its own sub-genre as well, with fanart and fanfiction of characters from various other works as a human centipede.
  • Squick
    • Yes. There is squick here. Would you like details? Oh Lord, where to begin... oh, I know! How about the part where Lindsay is forced to eat Katsuro's poo?
    • You'll need even more Brain Bleach for the sequel.
    • And more than that for the upcoming movie, which Six said "makes the sequel look like a Disney movie".
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Kids love it!