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The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)

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Not the Hungry Caterpillar sequel...

The Human Centipede 2 review

After being refused classification by the BBFC then passed with 32 cuts, Tom Six’s self-referencing sequel arrives with a seriously squelchy rep.

Centring on a deranged London car park warden (Laurence R. Harvey), who’s obsessed with copying Six’s original film, this B&W effort shows him kidnapping passers-by to re-create the titular aberration.

If you don’t know what it is, let’s just say it involves staples, surgery and a symphony of shit.

Whether pissing blood or masturbating into sandpaper, it’s an extraordinary performance from Harvey (whose face resembles M’s Peter Lorre inflated to popping point).

The city is foreboding and there’s a great meta-moment when the soundtrack is revealed to be a noisy neighbour, not the clanging of our protagonist’s mind. Plus, it’s not often you hear the line: “Look, there’s a midget wanking!”

Though guttersnipes can tick off tooth, brain and anal trauma, the real surprise is that everything’s so muted.

Maybe the cuts dulled the edge, but there’s no fear, tension or sorrow, and not even that much disgust. Often, it plays like a (very) black comedy that forgot to be funny, or a scat film directed by David Lynch’s biggest fan.

It works for about 45 minutes as a grim psychodrama, but ends up a poorly stitched together grot flick made by a sensationalist of questionable taste.

If that was Six’s intention, the man’s a genius.

Verdict:

Despite its self-awareness, and the central performance, this is still a grubby hack job about a grubby whack-job whacking off grubbily.

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    • mongoose33

      Nov 4th 2011, 20:24

      Until now there hasn't been a fully uncut version available since it was banned and cut in the UK. I found the uncut version (including the genital barbed wire scene) available here: http://trustedmoviedownloads.com/human-centipede-2-uncensored/ you're welcome!

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    • ProjektOne

      Nov 28th 2011, 0:20

      Originally I had no intention of seeing this film after seeing first sequence, but with all the hype of the initial banning/refusal of classification I became curious. Thinking it would never see the light of day in the UK (before reading more into it realising it has now been cut and released) I did do the obligatory torrent search. I saw the first half hour (I did start it at 5am) I found the sound design and the camera work to be very oppressive. I know I haven't seen any of the seriously controversial scenes yet but as long as this atmosphere is held I feel it will be a ridiculously effective if particularly disturbing. For me, this franchise is like people logging on to sites such as steak and cheese and the now defunct rotten.com (I didn't do the latter...) to see some horrific stuff. Some things have to be seen to be believed. As for comments in previous threads of "it's not banned, just been refused classification", refusal of classification means that it is illegal for anywhere to distribute the film where the governing body has power. To me that is a ban. I don't necessarily agree with Tom Six's work, but he does do a great job in the questioning of a persons morality, where it is a fictitious character or the viewer and for that needs some kind of commendation.

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    • astridgamez

      Feb 18th 2013, 23:32

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      Yes this movie had more disturbing moments!BUT overall it was a good movie(to me it was)like i sayed in the other movie it was interesting(in a way).Don't ask why!!! :)

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