The Human Centipede (First Sequence) (2009) directed by Tom Six
The trailer for this movie kind of came out of nowhere and punched me in the gut. It's actually the only trailer to ever make me feel slightly nauseous. I thought about it for days and, of course, forced my friends to watch it too. Not that there was any extreme gore in the trailer; it's just the whole idea of the human centipede is disturbing as hell. The same can be said of the full movie, which is a part of its problem.
Sure, the human centipede is one of the sickest ideas I've ever seen executed on screen... but it's not enough to sustain a 90 minute movie. Okay, so the mad scientist creates his centipede. Now what? Well, mostly, the centipede shuffles around and moans a lot. There's really not a lot they can do: they can barely move in their position. They make a couple of weak escape attempts and some idiot police show up near the end, but, ultimately, the movie seems to be about their suffering. Like Inside, I didn't really see the point of the film outside of an attempt to go for the gross-out (to borrow a phrase from the King).
I don't mind extreme horror movies, but I guess I want more meat in them. For me, it's not enough for a movie's only message to be "look how much it sucks to be tortured by someone." An extreme horror movie needs to take us somewhere or show us something new about the human condition or do something outside of sadism, else you might as well be watching a snuff movies on the Internet.
Amigo J said that after watching this a second time, he saw it as a black comedy. I can almost see it that way. The mad scientist is rather hilarious in parts. Particularly, when the girls first arrive at his house and he has a carefully contained "I can't believe my luck" expression on his face, and when he first sees his finished centipede and weeps for joy. On the other hand, even though the situation is absolutely absurd, I guess I found the centipede too disgusting to find amusing.
But, damn, I will say that Dieter Laser makes a helluva mad scientist. If there were a horror Oscars, I'd give him Best Lead Nutcase of 2010 easily. An extra point for him and the unique premise: (6/10)