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.
- 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
- 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)
Dr. Heiter: Do you already regret your little escape? In fact, I'm thankful for it, because now... I know definitely you are the middle piece!