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The Human Centipede (First Sequence)

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The Human Centipede (First Sequence)

Sponsored by: Superclub Vidéotron

Canadian Premiere

  • Netherlands 2009
  • 90 min
  • 35mm
  • English
WINNER: Best Actor, Fantastic Fest 2009
WINNER: Best Film, Screamfest 2009
Official Selection, Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival 2009



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“No horror film I’ve seen inflicts more terrible things on its victims” — Roger Ebert, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES


Director: Tom Six
Screenplay: Tom Six
Cast: Dieter Laser, Ashley C. Williams, Ashlynn Yennie, Akihiro Kitamura
Producers: Tom Six, Ilona Six
Print Source: IFC Films

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International Premiere
2009 | 8 min
English language



It’s a familiar situation. Lindsay and Jenny, two young American tourists exploring Germany, find themselves one night with a flat tire on a country road bordering a foreboding forest. Following an unpleasant exchange with a dirty-minded trucker, the pair elect to seek help and delve into the dark woods. No monsters or machete-toting maniacs in sight, just a house that would seem perfectly normal were it not in the middle of nowhere. You’ve probably seen enough horror films to know that knocking at the door of this domicile is a bad idea. Our two heroines aren’t quite so savvy, and are greeted by Dr. Heiter, a sinister gentleman who quite likely worked in a Nazi laboratory a few decades past. Again, you would know better than to trust this creepy character with the hypnotic gaze, to drink so much as a drop of water he offers, and to do anything but hightail it out of there. Alas, the young ladies forgot that you never set out on travels without going over your horror-movie basics. They are now at the mercy of the doctor who—you guessed it—needs the two for a highly unusual scientific experiment. Nothing can prepare you for what Heiter has in mind. A specialist in separating Siamese twins, Heiter has long desired to invert the operation and create new creatures. Lindsay and Jenny have arrived just in time. They’re what the mad genius needs to create the world’s first human centipede.

No other horror film this year has turned as many heads as THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE (FIRST SEQUENCE) by Tom Six. Since its world premiere at the FrightFest festival in London, it has invaded genre-cinema events the world over and left film critics shocks and scandalized—the great Roger Ebert went so far as to say that the traditional star rating system doesn’t even apply anymore here. The brouhaha the film has invoked, everything you’ve heard whispered and screamed about it, it’s all true. THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE is a diabolical work, presenting a profoundly disturbing vision of biological horror, one that would make the bravest men tremble and old David Cronenberg himself proud. With surgical precision, Six has fashioned an excruciating thriller replete with extreme sadism. It will freeze your blood. Good luck, brave souls.

—Simon Laperrière (translated by Rupert Bottenberg)

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