Not many films develop the amount of hyperbole that surrounded The Human Centipede. Before the flick was even available to audiences, director Tom Six was touting it as one of the “sickest films of all time.” To be fair to Six, I think his intentions were pure. I think a lot of his theory relied on the fact that horror audiences still had an imagination. He also felt that he could exploit that fact, and leave some of the nastier aspects of the experience up to the audience to create in their own heads. This is a tactic that will work on some, but be lost on most. As expected, cries of the film being too tame, or “not going far enough” were prevalent among the reaction of most audiences, as well as critics. Apparently, the thought of people being sewn together, ass-to-mouth, and force-fed their respective fecal matter wasn’t enough for some viewers. No, these people were not going to be satisfied until they actually saw the shit exiting the ass and entering the mouth. This would become the nagging inspiration in the back of Tom Six’s head while crafting the sequel.
I’m not saying that Six set out to make a sequel, with his only intention being to up the ante. I’m just saying it was definitely a factor. When he began promoting the sequel, Six would refer to the first film as “My Little Pony” when compared to the sequel. I think Six was genuinely surprised that there were people out there that didn’t think of The Human Centipede of the sickest film they’d ever witnessed. All I can say is, welcome to America, Tom. We’re a sick bunch. We like our food fast, our women faster, and our horror gory, so I’m told. Personally, I can fully appreciate someone utilizing the audience’s imagination. We may not have a say in how the story ends, but we can decide how horrific the events were. Hell, if you can’t stomach the thought of someone consuming feces, imagine that it’s soft-serve ice-cream being transferred ass-to-mouth. All of that aside, HC2 does feel as if it has some artistic merit, more so than the first film, at the very least.
There’s been some controversy surrounding the various home video releases of the film. Some regions have been stuck with a cut version. Based on the information that was provided, the same was assumed of the US disc, despite being labeled an “unrated director’s cut”. I can report to you, that this is in fact a full, uncut presentation of the film. All notorious scenes are in-tact, and complete. I had planned on not purchasing this disc, as I’m sure some of you decided as well. Thankfully a review copy turned up in my mailbox. These types of confusing media releases are becoming common. A similar example would be the release of Paranormal Activity 3. Several different packages of the same film, being released a couple of weeks apart. And then, some mysterious “chronology” that could only be watched on VOD for 29.99(in HD). Companies need to cut the shit, and be more consistent in not only the products they release, but the information about said release that consumers need for making decisions.
The special features on the disc are nothing spectacular. The commentary is entertaining, of course, because Tom Six is an entertaining gentleman. The extra I was most looking forward was titled “Making The Poster”. I wanted to see how they crafted such a great teaser poster. Unfortunately, everything is censored, and very PG. It was more like a cast member was making home videos while photographing the posters, rather than providing any form of artistic insight. The “Set Tour Of Warehouse” was something I would like to have seen more of. The lone deleted scene in the package is a complete joke. It’s nothing more than a 10 second clip of lead character Martin, barking at a dog in a car. A wasted opportunity, I’m sure. Other than that, the rest of the extras are filler. Promo ads, teaser trailers, photo galleries, nothing exciting, unfortunately.
If you can look past the shocking lack of quality extras, the Blu Ray release of The Human Centipede Part II is well worth the current price of 14.99. Though, as some of you may know, these new releases have a tendency to drop significantly in price within a couple of weeks of release. I would predict a price of 9.99 within the next month. Despite the lack of features, as stated above this is the full uncut film. The video and audio quality are both top notch as well. If you’ve purchased other recent IFC titles on Blu Ray, such as Super, or Stake Land, you pretty much know what you get for the price of the package. It’s not as spectacular as one would hope, but it’s serviceable if you’re a fan of the film. The Human Centipede 2 Will Be released on February 14th, on both Blu Ray and DVD.