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Human Centipede (The First Sequence) [2010]


A doctor (Dieter Laser), living in an isolated area in the German countryside maintains a lab where he conducts experiments of forcibly conjoining human beings. Also with Ashley C. Williams, Ashlynn Yennie and Akihiro Kitamura. Directed by Tom Six. Some in German and Japanese with English subtitles. [1:28 - R]


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"Never as explicit as a Saw or Hostel film, Centipede disarms the viewer with comedy early on, then swiftly shifts into the sh*t (literally and figuratively), managing to maintain a steady aura of stomach-churning dread through the end purely from performance and suggestion."

- Karina Longworth

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"...About half way through The Human Centipede, I thought long and hard about whether I wanted to be in the theater anymore. You might assume that’s because of the film’s gross out concept, but it’s actually because the film exhibits terrible writing, directing and execution for a full hour and a half runtime."

- Cole Abaius


Karina Longworth | Village Voice
V.A. Musetto | New York Post
Stephen Whitty | Newark Star-Ledger
Owen Gleiberman | EW
Bill Gibron | PopMatters
Ed Gonzalez | Slant Magazine
Brian Juergens | CampBlood.org
Cole Smithey | ColeSmithey.com
Jeannette Catsoulis | New York Times
Amy Nicholson | Boxoffice Magazine
Geoff Berkshire | Metromix.com
Josh Bell | Fimcritic.com
Jen Yamato | Movies.com
Peter DeBruge | Variety
Joshua Rothkopf | Time Out New York
David Edelstein | New York Magazine
Frank Scheck | Hollywood Reporter
Mark Pfeiffer | Reel Times
Cole Abaius | FilmSchoolRejects.com

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