The Human Centipede (First Sequence)

  • 18
  • Tom Six (2009)
  • Neth (SUB)
  • 91 min
The Human Centipede (First Sequence)
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Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

In this controversial horror, a brilliant German surgeon (played by Dieter Laser) tires of his ground-breaking success in separating conjoined twins, and experiments with reversing the process - connecting live bodies via their gastric systems to form a "human centipede". Drugging and abducting three tourists (two American girls and one Japanese man), he sets to work in his basement operating theatre and then attempts to train his twisted creation. Despite its stomach-churning premise, the film is relatively light on gore or gruesome scenes, certainly in comparison to "torture porn" franchises such as Saw and Hostel. Director Tom Six (a pioneer of the original and more sociologically experimental Dutch version of Big Brother) shows a deft hand when cranking up the suspense, with a few stylistic nods to Hitchcock and Kubrick. Laser is genuinely chilling as the medical madman with a God complex, only occasionally descending into cartoon villainy.

Plot Summary

Horror thriller. Two American girls and a Japanese man become caught up in the twisted scheme of a deranged German surgeon, who plans to create a "human centipede" by joining their living bodies together.

Cast and crew


Doctor Josef Heiter
Dieter Laser
Ashley C Williams
Ashlynn Yennie
Akihiro Kitamura


Tom Six

Other Information

English, German, Japanese +subtitles
Theatrical distributor: 
Bounty Films
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 20 Aug 2010
Certificate 18