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MOVIE REVIEW: The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence) (2015)

Reflecting on The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence)

By Woofer McWooferson

Human Centipede 3

WARNING: MINOR SPOILERS

Writer and Director: Tom Six; Stars: Bree Olson, Eric Roberts, Laurence R. Harvey, Dieter Laser; Rating: NR; Run Time: 102 min; Genre: Horror; Country: Taiwan; Language: English; Year: 2015
The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence) is the final film in Tom Six's grotesque body horror trilogy. The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence) continues the meta concept by beginning with the end of The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence), including the end of The Human Centipede (First Sequence) that is in The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence). Thus, we are watching a film based on a film based on a film. As with The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence), The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence) firmly follows the grand tradition of franchise sequels by being bigger, badder, and bolder than the previous films. If The Human Centipede (First Sequence) pushed the envelope, The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) threw it over the edge, and The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence) farted on it, set it on fire, and then pushed it over the edge, taking the viewer along for the ride. Had this been the first film, we would not have seen another, let alone two.

The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence) focuses on the warden of a vastly over budget prison that is facing closure and his harried prison accountant. Bill Boss (Deiter Laser) is even more outrageous than the mad Dr. Heiter in The Human Centipede (First Sequence) while Dwight Butler (Laurence R. Harvey) is more intelligent and confident that Martin in The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence). Butler, having shown The Human Centipede (First Sequence) and The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) to Boss, believes he can solve the budget issues if only Boss would listen. The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence) takes the viewer on a tour of the prison via the deranged actions of Boss himself. Butler follows Boss from one horrific moment to the next, all the while the attempting to mitigate the cost of the warden's actions and relate his proposed budget solution. We do not question Boss' insanity, depravity, and egomania; nor do we question Butler's sincerity in trying to keep the prison solvent.

Centipede veterans Peter Blankenship, Akihiro Kitamura, and others return for the outrageous grand finale. Other notable actors include adult film star Bree Olson as the warden's assistant, fan favorite Eric Roberts as the governor, and Tommy 'Tiny' Lister as the inmate who becomes the lead segment. Tom Six plays himself in a small role, reinforcing the idea that the first two were films and that this one is reality.

The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence) is disgusting, disturbing, and demented, and as such it succeeds magnificently. It takes its role as a typical horror sequel seriously, so there is no filter and no regulator; the horror and the gore start immediately and do not end until the credits roll. Once again, this is not for the easily nauseated, faint of heart, or children.

Check out my introduction to this series and my reviews of The Human Centipede (First Sequence) and The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence). Watch for my overall review of the series as a whole.

6.5/10 claws

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) (2011)

By Woofer McWooferson

Human Centipede 2

Writer and Director: Tom Six; Stars: Laurence R. Harvey, Ashlynn Yennie; Rating: NR; Run Time: 91 min; Genre: Horror; Country: Australia; Language: English

The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) is a worthy follow up to the original film. Where The Human Centipede (First Sequence) keeps the gore to a minimum, The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) embraces it. Beginning where The Human Centipede (First Sequence) ends, The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) eschews the franchise tradition of making a prequel or sequel and, instead, sets The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) in a world where The Human Centipede (First Sequence) is a movie. As the end of The Human Centipede (First Sequence) rolls, the camera pulls back and we see that Martin (Laurence R. Harvey), a parking garage security officer, is transfixed. Within minutes, Martin begins his sadistic and insane quest to create his own human centipede. Released in B&W due to excessive gore, The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) also employed few locations, a minimal cast, and nominal dialogue. The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) leads viewers into the dark and twisted labyrinth of Martin's mind where his obsession with The Human Centipede (First Sequence) eventually obliterates all other aspects of his life.

At home, Martin is a mildly mentally challenged man whose mother still controls most aspects of her son's life. Powerless and abused, The Human Centipede (First Sequence) is his only escape. As his mother's abuse escalates, Martin's mental state declines, and he retreats further into his dark fantasy life. Unable to execute his fantasy at home, he rents a warehouse and where he stores his victims as he gathers the 12 people he needs for his centipede. Martin's segments, for he does not think of them as individuals, are drawn from wherever he can get them. Unlike the mad doctor in The Human Centipede (First Sequence), Martin has no medical training and cares not for the aesthetics of his centipede, only the total length and number of segments matter.

Where The Human Centipede (First Sequence) was deft and dramatic, The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) is bold and brassy. There is no long lead in to give us insight into Martin, rather it is presented throughout the movie as Martin interacts with his mother, neighbors, and doctor. Laurence R. Harvey conveys everything we need to know about Martin with his body and the occasional grunt. Facial expressions, posture, and stride all speak of an unstable man buffeted by life and longing for control. Martin has none of the skills of the mad doctor from The Human Centipede (First Sequence), but he makes up for this in enthusiasm and ingenuity. Incredibly, he persuades Ashlyn Yennie, who plays herself, to “audition for a Quentin Tarantino film” so that he can incorporate her as a segment. With each new segment he captures, his self-confidence increases, and he is, by the end, a god in his own mind.

As with The Human Centipede (First Sequence), The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) is definitely not for the weak stomached, faint of heart, or children. If, however, you liked The Human Centipede (First Sequence) and are fond of grotesque and twisted body horror, you will not be disappointed.

Check out my review for The Human Centipede (First Sequence) and my introduction to The Human Centipede trilogy. Also, watch for my review of The Human Centipede (Final Sequence) as well as an overall review of the series as a whole.

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