When The Human Centipede: First Sequence was unleashed on audiences in 2009 it not only disturbed viewers like never before, but began a journey that no one but mastermind Tom Six could have imagined. With the 2011 follow up, The Human Centipede II: Full Sequence he took things in a more graphic disturbing direction with an artsy black and white twist that managed to make the first film look tame in comparison. Now the final film in his trilogy aptly titled The Human Centipede III: Final Sequence looks to take it even further, but could it possibly take it even further than it already has or does it deserve to stay behind bars?
The Human Centipede II: Final Sequence follows the warden of a notorious, troubled prison who takes the advice of his accountant to take inspiration from the Human Centipede films to create a 500-person human centipede as a solution to the prisons problems. This time around both leads from the previous entries, Dieter Laser and Laurence R. Harvey are leading the charge as the prison warden and his accountant. The majority of the film is literally these two guys arguing and dealing with the inmates. Where Harvey was the silent creepy Martin in the second film, here is the toned down normal of the two with only a few moments of real creepiness. Surprisingly he is more of the moral compass of the duo trying to bring the centipede to fruition, but also do the right thing for the prison. Laser on the other hand; who is diabolically brilliant in the original is out of his mind insane and a bit annoying. He is hard to understand with his accent anyway, which adds to the creepiness at times, but here he screams almost the entire movie making it near impossible to understand anything he is saying. He literally does nothing but spew hate, obscenities and perversion throughout. This is not to say that it was unexpected in this film and would have been fine for what Six was going for, but when you spend that while time trying to decipher what he is saying it loses its point. Outside of the leads this film features a strange cast including Bree Olson, Eric Roberts, Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister, Carlos Ramirez, Robert LaSardo, and Tom Six playing himself as a consultant for them to bring his first to films to life with the prisoners. In addition if you keep an eye out you can also see Akihiro Kitamura from the original film and Bill Hutchens from the second film in quick appearances as well.
Stepping away from the acting issues Six took a different approach to this final entry with it playing up more as a dark twisted comedy than the horror pieces they were in the past. There is almost a Troma feel to the whole thing with the majority of it making little to no sense in the bigger picture other than to give them insane crap to do. There are some expected disturbing moments including a kidney rape (yes you read that right), boiling water boarding and more that are moments that you kind of expect in a film like this. There is a moment that will likely leave all of the male audience crossing their legs and wincing in pain on multiple levels, but none of this even has to do with the centipede itself. This moment does not come until about 30 minutes left in the film when it is finally revealed and while not near as graphic as the previous entries the execution along with the explanation of it earlier in the film actually makes it more believable than ever before. There has always been a disturbing medical nature to this whole series and knowing that any of this is possible on any level makes it all the more disturbing. This film steps out of what made the first two so unique and into almost a mockery of itself and loss of its edge. It appears this may have been by design from Six who clearly wanted to cap it off with the most bizarre take yet and with what appears to be a bigger budget got his wish.
There are some great moments here, that is surrounded by frustrating moments that ends up making the film one that is all on its own. Even hardcore fans of the series may not buy into this one like they did with the other two, but you can be sure they will dive in nonetheless just to see it all come together one more time. This is not a film that is easy to review as it is made for a specific audience and much props go out to Six for continuing to make the films he wants to make his way no matter what. If you are a fan of the series then understand going into this one it is something all-together different, but still sporting the insanity you have come to expect.