The Human Centipede 2 - Full Sequence

by Ken Tasho

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Tuesday February 14, 2012

Now here's an ingenious idea for a horror sequel: Have a fan of the original first film become consumed with the movie, and then plot out the events from the film in reality. This is what the limited release movie "The Human Centipede II: Full Sequence" achieves in horrific fashion.

This unrated sequel follows Martin, an overweight, sullen man who still lives with his overbearing mother and obsesses about his dead father. He's a security guard at a creepy parking garage and continuously watches "The Human Centipede: First Sequence" at work on a small black-and-white TV. The voices he hears and obnoxiously loud neighbors in his London flat don't help matters, and Martin's obsession with the film grows deeper and deeper.

He even goes as far as keeping a collection of artifacts from "The Human Centipede," and in one of the film's best movie-within-a-movie moments, Martin contacts one of the real actresses from the first film and baits her with promises of an audition with Quentin Tarantino. It isn't long before horror movie fan Martin starts kidnapping and torturing innocent victims in his quest to bring to life a human centipede.

For years, movie critics have denounced horror films as being degenerate and vile. Of course, "The Human Centipede II" is no exception. It gruesomely depicts violence against men and women and puts them in an extreme situation. Yet this dreary sequel succeeds with an imaginative plot and a lead actor (Laurence Harvey) who's forced to do reprehensible things.

Your jaw will literally drop at the things this man does. And it's the words that Martin doesn't say that will make you shudder: His non-communication is disturbing. The last half hour is gut-wrenching, graphic, and extremely hard to watch. Don't say that you weren't warned.

The Human Centipede 2 :: Full Sequence
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February 14

Ken Tasho is a Corporate Drone by day and Edge Contributor by night. He has a love for all things '80's and resides in the Wayland Square area of Providence, RI...but would much rather be sharing an apartment in NYC with '80's rock goddesses Pat Benatar and Deborah Harry.