The Human Centipede (First Sequence)

Dennis Dermody

This is a gleefully grotesque film about two American girls (Ashley C. Williams and Ashlynn Yennie) whose car breaks down on a lonely stretch of road while vacationing in Europe.  They take refuge in the home of crazed German scientist Dr. Heiter (Dieter Laser), who drugs them and then sews them together, ass to mouth, with another unfortunate wayfarer (Akihiro Kitamura) to form a human centipede.  Director Tom Six plays this fairly straight, which adds to the queasy creepiness.  Fortunately Laser is in full Udo Kier-mode, which makes it easier to sit through this outlandish, literally jaw-dropping horror.

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