Running Time: 92 Minutes
Certification (UK): 18
UK Release Date: Not known
Watched on Sky+ 28th March 2011
PLEASE NOTE: THERE MAY BE SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW.
This film gained a lot of notoriety when it came out, not least due to a rather effective marketing campaign. Although it’s not the kind of thing I’d usually choose to watch, I’ll admit to being slightly intrigued by it and so decided to give it a viewing when it arrived on TV recently. It’s certainly not the best film I’ve ever seen, but it does do what it says on the tin and I can’t knock it for that! More of my thoughts later, here’s a brief summary first (summary haters and those that don’t wish to know anything about the plot please kidnap more victims while I write the next paragraph).
Dr. Heiter used to be a famous surgeon. He specialised is separating Siamese twins and was very good at it. Now retired and living alone, he turns his mind to putting things together, rather than separating them. To this end he has already tried an experiment on his three rottweilers and is now ready to move on to the next step. Having chosen and kidnapped his first victim, a truck driver, he can’t believe his luck when two young American tourists, Lindsay and Jenny, arrive at his door having had car trouble. They are quickly dealt with and sedated in his cellar. Unfortunately for the truck driver, he doesn’t match and so another subject has to be found. This time it’s a young Japanese man called Katsuro who the doctor brings back to his cellar. And now it’s time to begin the experiment… but not before one of the makes a break for it. I will leave my short summary here so as not to upset the Spoiler Police too much.
To be honest, I found this film was quite badly made. I don’t know if it was because it was cut for a TV audience, but there seemed to be gaping plot holes and continuity errors all over the place. The best performance came from Dieter Laser who was everything you’d expect from a mad German scientist. Ashley C. Williams as Lindsay, Ashlynn Yennie as Jenny and Akihiro Kitamura as Katsuro were all adequate without being anything special.
Over all, I found this film quite disappointing with some debatable production values and a pretty bad script. Ultimately it’s not very pleasant and I didn’t find it particularly entertaining. Definitely not one for the squeamish and one I don’t think I’ll be giving a second viewing to… NOT recommended.
My Score: 4.7/10
IMDb Page: http://uk.imdb.com/title/tt1467304/
RT Page: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/human_centipede/
Official Site: http://www.ifcfilms.com/films/human-centipede