Saturday, 17 March 2012


“Following the ‘if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it’ philosophy, Tom Six repeats the trick with a movie that doles out further doses of gore and unsettling imagery. Martin, a mentally disturbed loner who lives with his mother on a council estate - loud neighbours and squalid living conditions have plunged him over the edge – is obsessed with the original The Human Centipede. So much so, while working the night shift as an attendant at an underground car park, he decides to imitate his hero, Dr. Helter.

Haunted by the voice of his abusive and imprisoned father, Martin emulates Heiter's centipede by creating his own version. His victims are easy enough to acquire, but his pièce de résistance is one of the actresses from the original movie. Lacking the medical expertise of his hero, Martin soldiers on using pretty much anything he can get his filthy mitts on; duct tape, household tools and staple guns are just a few of the unsavoury items, just please don’t mention the sandpaper. He simply uses that to relax.

With most of its horrific activity confined to the final third, Full Sequence lacks the thrill of the chase because his victims are going nowhere, and at no point have an opportunity to escape. There’s no cat and mouse here, it’s just Martin, in his warehouse, doing nasty things to innocent people. As a result, this is an artificial experience in which Six just ups the ante with sex and violence, which is all very horrifying, but with nobody to root for its little wonder you’re left feeling grubby after watching such shenanigans. How Martin holds down a job without his employers becoming suspicious and how he manages to persuade Ashlynn Yennie to meet him are questions not even worth bothering about. Just make sure you know your limits before you watch.” DW

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