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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