Part I had a morbid attractiveness to it. Part II is just plain morbid.
The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) only purpose is to turn your stomach with a variety of torture porn. And that really doesn’t happen until the final 15 minutes – when they really push it (no pun intended). The rest of this 88 minute horror flick is nothing more than a straight-up serial killer tale with little imagination aside from the obvious titular concept.
Writer/Director Tom Six is at the helm once again and he chose to shoot this grotesque sucker in black-and-white. The antagonist, Martin (Laurence R. Harvey) is a simple overweight stocky man; who may or may not be mentally impaired. He definitely looks odd and definitely fits the tone of this product, though. And he’s walking around in underwear more often than not. Through the eyes of Martin, the script admits that the first movie was just that…a movie. Martin spends hours studying the film while attending to his parking garage gig. He develops scrap books and maps out plans to emulate the sinister doctor from the original piece. And just to make sure we all buy into his love for the near X-rated flick; he spends hours eye-raping his pet centipede.
Martin, who never says a word, is ready to put his plan in motion as he takes out random victims in his parking garage with either a crowbar or pistol. He must keep them alive though if he wants to create a real-life human centipede. Yes, on all fours; ass-to-mouth. Martin scouts out an abandon warehouse and begins to transport his naked victims, who are duct-taped, to the rundown site where he plans to try to trump his cinematic idol.
Basically this is a how-to-do-it-yourself human centipede guide. A few differences are as follows: Instead of three victims, there’s now twelve – including a pregnant lady and a forced cameo from the first film; the Martin character doesn’t have the fancy medical tools so he improvises with steak knives and a staple gun; finally, the script tries to give the Martin character some type of depth. What this all adds up to is a generic Saw movie (otherwise known as a Saw sequel) sans the charisma found in The Human Centipede Part I (First Sequence).
As mentioned, the final 15 minutes pays off – in a squeamish manner that tops the first – but the redundant journey to get there is a poor shock-n-awe attempt. It’s essentially the antagonist just walking around looking constipated as he hits people over the head with a crowbar. While the story tries to show random screwed up behavior, there was no real need to justify the character’s actions. He’s in a movie called The Human Centipede II…we know the guy is going to have a major screw loose! Plus the exploration into Martin’s life isn’t all that shocking and has been depicted before in like-minded serial killer products. Clearly Tom Six wanted to do something completely different from the first film but he probably should have just stuck with what worked. The Hostels and above mentioned Saw franchise – though with their share of detractors – still found a way to please people by keeping the aesthetic introduced in their respective first installments, streamlined throughout the following sequels.
The ending does come together though and it will make you gag and possibly laugh. Its graphic nature of seeing feces ingestion to sadistic executions is oddly the attraction some viewers will want to see. And give some credit to the effects people as everything looked authentic. Some would say they did their job a little too well. Was there a plan in place for the climatic finale? Probably not. Even though the horrifying value is there, the delivery is all over the place. Basically its: here’s our money shots….enjoy! The filmmaking may be cheap and done on a whim but one will no doubt remember what went down at the end.
Overall, The Human Centipede Part II (Full Sequence) is exactly what you’d expect it to be from a gross-out perspective. Since we have the original to run a comparison with; the borderline innovation seen in that piece makes this sequel look as a poor man’s homage. That being said, be prepared to gag my friends.
RATING: 2 out of 5