Love or hate Tom Six and his Human Centipede trilogy of sick films, you cannot deny the guys has ambition and balls. I loved the way he answered complaints that the first film was not as nasty as the marketing made out by making The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence.
If you have seen the second film, I am sure if you had complained the first film was not horrific enough, you wished you hadn’t. The second films was seriously twisted and ultra nasty, resulting in firstly being banned in many countries, and then being released with a large amount of cuts (four minutes here in the UK).
Six’s third and final film looks tonally different again, this time bringing in some serious black humour and an almost Grindhouse sort of feel and design, so the director at least needs applause for changing things up with each film?
Anyway, he has now come out and said in an interview with the BBC that his films are “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre of its generation”. Please allow Six to explain:
Firstly he reveals how actors were afraid to star in the first Human Centipede film:
Per the BBC: Tom Six began his career directing Big Brother, the reality TV show, in the Netherlands but he always wanted to break into feature films. The idea that helped him do it, he says, came as he watched a news report about a paedophile.
“His crimes were so awful I asked myself, ‘What is the most extreme punishment that could be handed out to him?’. That’s how the ‘Human Centipede’ concept was born.”
“When I was casting the first film in New York, I explained the concept at the auditions and almost everyone walked away,” Six says. They thought the idea was just too disgusting. They’d say, ‘I didn’t go to acting school to be degraded in this way. You are a pervert!’ Eventually we found actors with faith in the concept and the result has made movie history.”
Six then drops the statement, comparing his films to Tobe Hooper’s masterful 1976 classic, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre:
Six describes the ‘Human Centipede’ as “the ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ of its generation”.
“These are the films that teenagers dare each other to watch. I think people will be talking about the concept in 100 years,” he says. “Once you’ve watched the films the myth nests in your mind. You can’t get rid of it. People will tell their children about the idea.”
The Human Centipede 3: Final Sequence will arrive in US cinemas and on VOD on 22nd May.
Tom Six directs the finale to his trilogy. Eric Roberts, Robert LaSardo, Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister, Bree Olson, Tom Six, Dieter Laser, and Laurence R. Harvey will all be appearing in the film.
Bully prison warden Bill Boss (Dieter Laser), leading a big state prison in the US of A, has a lot of problems; his prison statistically has the highest amount of prison riots, medical costs and staff turnover in the country. But foremost he is unable to get the respect he thinks he deserves from his inmates and the state Governor (Eric Roberts). He constantly fails in experimenting with different ideas for the ideal punishment to get the inmates in line, which drives him, together with the sizzling heat, completely insane. Under threats of termination by the Governor, his loyal right hand man Dwight (Laurence R Harvey) comes up with a brilliant idea. A revolutionary idea which could change the American prison system for good and save billions of dollars. An idea based on the notorious Human Centipede movies, that will literally and figuratively get the inmates on their knees, creating the ultimate punishment and deterrent for anyone considering a life of crime. Having nothing to lose, Bill and Dwight create a jaw-dropping 500-person prison centipede.