Thursday, October 28, 2010

Eat Shit and Die? THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE Should Be So Lucky!

WARNING: Not for the easily grossed-out (such as myself)!

To each his/her own, that’s my motto. Different strokes for different folks. Can’t please everybody. Still, to slightly paraphrase Clint Eastwood in Magnum Force, a person’s got to know his/her limitations.

The Human Centipede reached my limit, I’m afraid. Frankly, I couldn’t get any farther than the movie trailers on YouTube. I just can’t bring myself to sit through an entire movie—or even *ahem* segments of such—in which characters are kidnapped and forced to have their mouths surgically attached to someone’s anus to form the titular monstrosity. Hell, just thinking about it was my limit (my stomach is still a little queasy)! So call me a wuss if you must, but I simply can’t bring myself to sit through an entire film about a batshit crazy German surgeon who used to separate conjoined twins and now kidnaps people instead to achieve his lifelong dream of creating a human centipede. I will admit, however, that the trailers—did I mention there’s a sequel on the way?—had me laughing and cringing at the same time, even as my stomach threatened to rebel.

The Los Angeles Times
ran an excellent article in May pointing out the film’s unexpected humanity as well as its gross-out factor. That and the trailers are as close as I intend to get to actually seeing The Human Centipede, thank you.

I know my limitations.

Rated “C” for coprophagia.


  1. I take it this was a self financed film because who in their right mind would give money for a project like this.

    See, I know my limits too.

    Lee Brown

  2. Great to see you weighing in on the subject, Lee! From what I've heard and read, THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE is indeed a self-financed indie, written, produced, and directed by a Dutchman named Tom Six. I've also heard he's heavily into coprophagia, which would explain why he was drawn to this particular plot. To each his/her own, but give me screwball comedies and Alfred Hitchcock thrillers any time! :-)

  3. Who in their right mind would give money for a project like this? After I pull my tongue out from the currently painful position it occupies in my cheek, I might give further thought to organizing the First International Who In Their Right Mind Film Festival: featuring the finest in movies which, by rights, should never have been made. Right now I'm considering Christopher Atkins as the Guest Of Honor, but am open to other suggestions.

  4. Apparently THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE was a labor of love for filmmaker Tom Six; I bet he had a shit-eating grin on his face throughout the filming. :-) But enough poo-poo jokes. I want a ticket to the First Intl. Who in Their Right Mind Film Festival, if only to see how low people can go. :-) Thanks for sharing your witty and entertaining views, Michael!

  5. On a brighter note, Vinnie and I are happy to welcome Michael Wolff and Ann Chiappetta to our merry crew of ITRD? Followers! Please feel free to suggest ITRD-type topics and air your views on questionable ideas and behavior! :-)