Human Centipede posterIf you haven't heard of this movie, you missed what was probably the most buzz-worthy flick of 2010. On horror and scifi blogs, everyone was talking about this one, in no small part thanks to the fucked-up-spooky movie poster (at right).

The concept is simple: evil doctor gets three people, sews them ass-to-mouth, so that they share a digestive tract. Yeah, that's it. Scary enough for you? If it is, you might like the flick.

What's far more impressive than the movie itself, however, is seeing yet another low-budget horror flick designed to get someone on the movie-making map. I watch these things carefully when I see them, because I'm actively trying to do the same thing. Here's the formula:

  • One-location shoot: Most of, if not all, of your movie needs to take place in one location. In HUMAN CENTIPEDE's case, it's a single house. A one-location shoot reduces your budget, because you don't have to pay to move cast, crew and equipment to many different places. See also: PRIMER and PARANORMAL ACTIVITY.
  • Limited special effects: All of the CENTIPEDE effects were simple make-up -- latex, fake blood, etc. They did a great job with these, but the point is that they created a plot that didn't require explosions, monsters, CGI, gallons of splattering blood, etc. See also, SAW, BLAIR WITCH PROJECT.
  • Limited plot, limited scope: They specifically wrote the movie with one-location and limited FX in mind. Basically, the strategy is you figure out how much you can spend, what your resources are, and then you write the plot to fit what's available. See also: DOG SOLDIERS.
  • Cool concept: A great idea that hasn't been done before is worth its weight in gold when you're trying to make a name for yourself in the movie biz. With limited budgets, you're not going to pack people into theaters to see realistic giant robots or the White House blowing up in a cloud of fire and splinters. Producers Tom and Illona Six created a plot that -- at least for some sickos like me -- makes you say "well, hell, I gotta see how they did that."

I can't find out if the producers made their money back. Reports are the budget for the movie was $2.5 million, and The-Numbers.com shows they made $1.5 million of that back on US DVD sales alone. My guess is they made at least a little money. Most important, however, is they didn't lose a lot (if any at all) and they got their movie made. It's quite the home run for them, considering the exposure makes them a known brand name in the horror space. You can bet that with one successful project in the bag, Tom and Ilona will be moving on to a bigger-budget production the next time around.

SHOULD YOU SEE IT:
There is some serious cringe-worthy action in this one. It's really not that bad, but the weak-stomached of you should avoid. From a film-making perspective, what they did with the lmited budget and the aesthetic choices they made to get their movie made are quite impressive.

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Added to Netflix Instant Queue

You're recommendations are always spot-on, we'll give this a look.

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I saw a preview of this at the Cinema last week

I'm going to give it a try. The idea horrified me so that's a good start.

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Given a choice

I would DEFINATLEY be putting my hand up to be the head in this little "experiment"

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Ditto!

Now to find some time when the wife is asleep to watch this...

 

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Its been in my

queue for a bit. But after your recommendation I think I'll watch it via Roku tonight once the little one goes to sleep.


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This movie sounds messed up

I have to see it now.

 

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Man... I saw this movie

Was pretty fucked up in most respects but i kind of enjoyed it as a dark horror movie. Worth a watch if only to talk about it


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Just saw the trailer

I have to see this movie. It's looks really funny (as a junkie I have a warped sense of humour).

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Oh My god!

This is some *ucked up *hit right there.

I saw the film and oh my it's pretty cool. This is going to be a cult film for sure. I couldn't go to bed straight away, I needed to watch some trash TV to clear my mind and I have't been able to get it out today. I keep getting flash backs.. expecially tHe ending.

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Want a little chuckle? (albeit a very dark little chuckle)

Google "Human Centipede Cookie", and click the images link. Laughing

 

I'm sure this is NSFW in some aspects, so use your own discretion.

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It's a must see!!!

It's a proper dark dark film and the fact that it's low budget just adds to it. It's raw!

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OMG

This might be the first cookie -- evah -- that I don't want to eat.

Human Centipede Cookie

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So funny

This movie had the wife had I in absolute stitches. Especially as we chose today to have the last of the christmas pudding with cream and brandy butter which, well lets just say it looked like number 2's dinner.

Also, next time someone suggests that we all go on a 'team building course' I will respond with this movie. Gives new meaning to the phrase.

Seriously though, if this can get made into a movie, so can Infected, which is much better.

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That is AWESOME!

 

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I did not laugh... not one bit

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Neither did I.

I gagged a couple of times and may have even thrown up a little in my mouth once. Sealed

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Seriously?

Not at all? But bits of it were hilarious. Like the random guy in the car at the start talking about sex. You had to laugh at that. Or the best line in horror movies, ever. Possibly all movies, "I have to kill you now, you don't match, it's nothing personal."  Just me then, oh well.

 

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the German guy in the car was funny

& the blood on the stairs thing was a little comical.. but the best.. nope

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I'm with you

I do not want to eat it, or operate on it.

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Didn't make it through

There were some very good points you all made about he movie and the crazy doctor was great in that role, but I just can't deal with horror movies where the victims are so STUPID! She runs by several telephones without trying to call for help? She doesn't try to whack the bad guy when his back's turned?

And what is the German obsession with poop? Kackle Dackle toys (maybe thry can make a 3 Kackle Dackle for next year's Christmas game?

I need more than a unique concept and decent filmography -- I want characters who behave at least a little bit realistically, and yes, I understand that someone wanting to make a Human Centipeded isn't necessarily realistic, but at least that character behaved within the rules set down for him. If that makes any sense.

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Feed her.  President , HOF

Feed her. 

 

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*shudders*

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WTF

This was one of the most disturbing movies I have seen to date.Surprised

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And the ending was SO tragic

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That's some cookie.

Ha, amazing. And I thought I was mentally unsound for lining up little ceramic polar bears in a store after watching the movie.

Mein sweet three bear.


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