Thursday, October 29, 2015
The Human Centipede 3: Final Sequence
Let your imagination run wild with the possibilities in the third and final installment of this exceptionally depraved trilogy, because exactly what director Tom Six did. If you can conceive of something appallingly shocking then the chances are strong that it’s covered somewhere in the 102 minute running time. Have you ever see someone eat *SPOILER REMOVED* as a snack treat? Ever see someone get waterboarded with boiling water? Here is your chance!
The mad surgeon from the first movie (Dieter Laser) is joined by the crude slob from the sequel (Laurence R. Harvey) and together they wreak about as much havoc as is inhumanly possible in this final chapter. Laser plays Bill Boss, a maniacal and sadistic prison warden at the George H. W. Bush State Prison. He does everything in his power (and he has all the power) to make sure that everyone around him is thoroughly miserable. To prove this theory he promptly kills one fetishistic inmate who expresses enthusiasm to be a part of the human centipede experiment because there can be no happiness allowed!
Bill Boss is such a mean bastard that I found it impossible to believe that anyone on earth would willingly tolerate being in the same room with him for more than 5 seconds, specifically his buxom secretary, whom he regularly assaults sexually. Harvey plays his dopey accountant Dwight. Dwight is gentle and timid on the outside but you can tell he’s deeply unstable and may snap at any moment. It is a delight to see the two actors work together.
My biggest complaint is that the film is so completely over the top that the genuine scares (which were plentiful in the first two chapters) are all but absent here. Instead of fear and dread I felt more of a twisted curiosity to see exactly how depraved things will get. I had a similar reaction of disappointment when I first watched Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 but later on embraced its extremism/borderline campiness. I was also reminded of the movie Head which was created specifically to put a bullet in the head of the Monkees franchise. Human Centipede 3: The Final Sequence succeeds in exploring so many vile situations that there’s simply nowhere else this franchise can go. I will spare you the details but I recommend that if and when you do watch this you prepare for the worst of the worst…