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The Human Centipede (Review)

Now that the horror genre is seven Saw movies deep, it might seem like there’s nothing that could be done to possibly shock fans. The last decade’s foray into torture porn has emphasized the fetishization of suffering over suspense and existential dread, and piled on the gore so thick that no part of the human body has emerged unscathed.

Thanks to the brazen novelty of its premise, The Human Centipede — out today on DVD as an unrated director’s cut — succeeds in not only differentiating itself from the glossy, contemporary crop of Hollywood horror, but manages to wring a surprising amount of humor from its sadistic plot. The independent film centers around a crazed German doctor (Dieter Laser) who kidnaps three people and surgically attaches them via their gastric systems to create the titular creature. There are no subplots to be found here, only the shocking, central story of a crazed doctor and his medical atrocity.

The centipede itself consists of two American tourists (Ashley C. Williams and Ashlynn Yennie) as the middle and rear segments and Akihiro Kitamura’s loudmouthed Japanese businessman at the head. During the film’s dialog-heavy opening sequences, Williams’ and Yennie’s acting is shaky at best, but the two fare better once wide-eyed terror and disgust are the only emotions they’re expected to convey. (This raises the age-old question: is it easier or harder to evoke an audience’s sympathy when your mouth is sewn to another actor’s anus?) Continue reading…

Let The Right One In

Most horror movies achieve their scares by jolting the viewer. They grab them by the collar and shake them about with a blood-curdling scream or a quick explosion of strings from the soundtrack. But nobody screams in Let The Right One In, an atypical horror movie that possesses the skill and discipline to engage its audience, not with jump scares and orchestral swells, but with chilling, unrelenting quiet. Continue reading