Aaron and His Mom Dissect ‘The Human Centipede’

The Human Centipede: Beyond Star Ratings
Dr. Heiter:  Feed her!
Happy Holidays everyone!  After a year of writing about movies and spending the past week writing up top 10 lists to pick out the highlights (and lowlights) of the year, I figured:  why not end the year with a look at the 2010 film that disgusted the most people simply by creating mental image of its premise (and I’m not talking about Sex and the City 2: Still Bangin’).  The Human Centipede is a film that many are convinced does not even exist, but is just some kind of sick joke film that people hear about.  I can indeed say it does exist, but I have had a lot of trouble coming up with a way to write about it.  However, I came up with a solution.

After much convincing from my friend Brian (owner and writer of the site Why So Blu, whose review of the Blu-ray for this film can be found here), I managed to obtain a copy of the Blu-ray and watch it with some friends during a weekend in October.  On this same weekend, I tasked my mom to do the same thing, as she and I share a similar taste in obscure, B-horror movies.  I gave my mom such a task because even before seeing the film myself, because I felt I would have difficulty explaining my thoughts and coming up with an appropriate star rating.  Now, with both of us having seen the film, I managed to spend some time with my mother to talk over whatever merits The Human Centipede had to offer.  I have recorded the conversation we had, but I will first describe some of the main thoughts that came from my mom in this discussion.  Enjoy:

Did you like The Human Centipede?

Mom:  Yes.  I liked the human centipede, because it was different from anything I’ve ever watched.

(Note: These are only some simple thoughts, but the recording goes on to dissect the statements made.)

On the basic premise:
  •  A famous surgeon, a little on the kooky side, brilliant people always have that side, wanted to make a human centipede.
On what a human centipede is:
  • Not what I expected. 
  • I was being too literal, expecting hundreds of legs and things more like the insect, opposed to what the movie presented.
On what this surgeon can be considered:
  • Kooky, later changed to twisted and warped, so not to be confused with The Addams Family.
On the merits of the film:
  • It was different.
  • Interesting. 
  • Wouldn’t say it was a great movie to see.
  • A change in pace from other movies that tend to come out. 
  • If there’s something off the wall totally corrupted, this is a movie you can watch. 
  • It’s a conversation piece.
On judging this movie:
  • It’s not that bad.  
  • It could have been way worse. 
  • Possibly interested in how bad it could have been. 
  • An interesting, weird, warped movie. 
  • I would never tell anybody, “Don’t watch it.” 
  • It would depend on who I was talking to. 
  • If you want to say, “For twisted and warped – it’s a 5.” 
  • I’ve seen worse movies. 
  • This was no big deal.
On how it’s disgusting:
  • It involves two women eating…stuff. 
  • Would not be disgusting if they were connected another way. 
  • I’ve seen more disgusting movies
Final Analysis:
  •  On a 1 to 5 scale, I’ll give it a 2 ½. 
  • There are people out there who can appreciate this movie for its differences.
On the sequel:
  • I would like to see just how much more warped and twisted it can be. 
  • I would like to see it in theaters. 
  • Actually, maybe I would rather be in the comfort of my own home.

(Picture: The Human Santapede)


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