The Human Centipede 3: Final Sequence Review

With horror gaining more ground on television than in the theaters, I was really looking forward to this movie. The first Human Centipede movie rose to infamy due to its concept alone – it’s actually surprisingly tasteful and classy, considering the subject. It took the classic mad scientist to a new extreme. You almost expected Dieter Laser to shout, “It’s alive!” On the second movie, filmmaker Tom Six made some bold creative choices that paid off. His use of black and white almost served as an homage to Easerhead. He broke the fourth wall and worked the first film into the sequel in a effective manner, while bringing the grit and gore the first film held back on. So, having followed the third film’s development online, I knew he would not retread the same ground. The third movie is a tribute to exploitation films of the 70’s. The influence of David Lynch on Six’s work only haunts the film in the awkward bursts of insanity from the Warden.

This movie is less horror and more of a gender-reversed tribute to the girls in prison films. This casts an often homoerotic shadow. In fact, it would be almost all man-on-man action if not for the over the top t&a sex kitten secretary played by porn star Bree Olson. Tom Six is well aware that most porn stars look better with their clothes on, as it’s the “about to burst out of them” motif that builds adolescent tension. This time the cinematography is less daring and lines up with other exploitation homages such as the Machete movies, Hobo with a Shotgun, Iron Sky or Bitch Slap. If you have seen Ilsa the Wicked Warden, you have practically seen this movie before. Despite Tom Six playing it a little safer with a more tried and true formula, he does make some bold choices. One of them being that the gore factor is almost non-existent. He is smart not to try and go more over the top in this department than he did with the second movie. The third film borders on not being a horror movie at all. It could could be a Quentin Tarantino film as the dialogue wanders off into witty monologues. He played to the actors’ strengths, and that sort of banter would not have worked for Laurence Harvey and Olson, who turn out to steal the show from Laser this time around. Laser’s brand of crazy worked better in the first film; here it’s more depraved, but not as focused as a control freak should be.

 

The actual centipede crawl takes a back seat to all the other forms of torture explored here. While it’s not as immaculate as the first film, to Six’s credit, this is a better film than most of the wannabe exploitation films. If you are a die hard Centipede fan, hungry for more torture porn, it is worth your Sunday afternoon, but don’t go into this expecting a horror film and you won’t be let down. What I am looking forward to? Seeing where Six goes from here and if he is a one trick pony or not, but after the first two films, I have faith. The bar was raised really high here, so it’s understandable why he really didn’t take the leap. Well, at least he has 70’s retro out of his system for whatever he embarks on next. You can bet you won’t be doing any re-makes of other horror movies.

 

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Wil spouts his thoughts and theories on metal / goth/ post-punk/ and darker indie rock on blogs like Abysmal Hymns,No Clean Singing, Geekinthings, Treblezine etc...
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26 Comments

  1. June 22, 2015 at 5:56 pm — Reply

    Fuck this shitty movie

  2. June 22, 2015 at 2:37 pm — Reply

    I’ll rewatch Science Team, The Taint, Wolf Cop and Manborg instead of this trite waste of film space.

    Also, check out Kung Fury on YouTube and Easter Casket.

  3. June 22, 2015 at 10:43 am — Reply

    So many good horror films will fall under the radar because this shock value garbage will overshadow them. It’s pretty frustrating to be honest.

  4. June 22, 2015 at 10:29 am — Reply

    It sucks and is fun at the same time. Love Bree Olson. And hate Tom Six performance here: what an arrogant douchebag.

  5. June 22, 2015 at 7:49 am — Reply

    Tyson Arnold, no.

  6. June 22, 2015 at 7:17 am — Reply

    Stormi Arnold

  7. June 22, 2015 at 7:15 am — Reply

    Rebecca Shaffer

  8. Stereo Reverb
    June 22, 2015 at 6:06 am — Reply

    You should consider instituting a rating scale of 1-10 or whatever- your closing paragraph didn’t really tell me how worthwhile it was to watch as a movie itself aside from saying, if you like one style of movie, you might like this one. (Kind of like rotten tomatoes reviewing movies but without percentage rankings for them) 😛

  9. June 22, 2015 at 4:16 am — Reply

    Sabrina Lund

  10. June 22, 2015 at 4:08 am — Reply

    I hate the hype around this trilogy and “A Serbian Film”. And I don’t understand how self proclaimed gorehounds can find any value in these movies. Watch Cannibal Holocaust one more time instead!

  11. June 22, 2015 at 3:37 am — Reply

    “Looking forward to some torture porn” -_- i just

  12. June 22, 2015 at 3:19 am — Reply

    Nooooooooooo!

  13. June 22, 2015 at 2:53 am — Reply

    Too damn long though. But Laurence R. Harvey is awesome. He is going to be one of the biggest cult actors in a while, mark my words.

  14. June 22, 2015 at 2:47 am — Reply

    is that maynard

  15. June 22, 2015 at 2:18 am — Reply

    fucking shitty movies overall, i will go watching Braindead or something instead

  16. June 22, 2015 at 2:06 am — Reply

    Else Belse Francois Brésez

  17. June 22, 2015 at 1:39 am — Reply

    Hated the first, loved the second, looking forward to either loving or hating the third, not bothered which. 😀

  18. June 22, 2015 at 1:19 am — Reply

    Danielle Sullivan

  19. June 22, 2015 at 12:54 am — Reply

    One of the worst movies I have ever seen.

  20. June 22, 2015 at 12:51 am — Reply

    The third film is actually worse than the second (which I didn’t think could be possible).

    Tom Six has A great talent for pushing the tasteless and he could be A great director, it’s just his own self-indulgence and complete inability to be able to make/write for anyone outside of A one-dimensional joke turns his efforts into torture for the viewer not just torture porn.

  21. June 22, 2015 at 12:36 am — Reply

    A premise that should never have gotten off the ground.

  22. June 22, 2015 at 12:22 am — Reply

    Forget the torture! This movie is just absolute fun

  23. June 22, 2015 at 12:20 am — Reply

    Annie Grooms

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