In The Human Centipede Tom Six’s greatest achievement is that he has delved deep into the human psyche and identified an inherent nightmare humans have of being surgically attached to one another’s anuses. Simultaneously, he has produced a piece of horror which may appeal to a niche audience to whom rimming is merely a recreational hobby.
The actual story is a simple one in which Americans Lindsay (Ashley Williams) and Jenny (Ashlynn Yennie) along with Japanese tourist Katsuro (Akihiro Kitamura) are held captive by crazed German doctor Josef Heiter (Dieter Laser), who drugs then surgically attaches their heads to each others’s anuses to complete his deranged fantasy of creating a Human Centipede.
Its fair to say that this horror has good shock value, especially with the groud-breaking medical procedure which takes centre stage. The movie also captures the feelings of torment decently enough, especially with the all too convincing performance of Dieter Laser as the mad sociopathic surgeon, and the continous sobbing and moaning of his victims. Ultimately, though, a big part of The Human Centipede relies on feeling revulsed by the perverted gratification taken by the quasi-nazi doctor as he tends to his experiment in this memorable, but depraved tale.