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.
  • 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.
  • 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"
  • 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."
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Once it was a trilogy, Felix Clay decided to revisit the first and see the sequels, and found this trope in full force. The unpleasant and nauseating nature (which just kept on rising) forced him to take breaks during the follow-ups.
  • 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.
    • Dwight for suggesting the longest centipede ever. Bill was already too far into the horizon once he decided to put it into motion...
  • 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 is ridiculous. 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.


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