|Title:||The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)|
|09.22.11||Alamo South Lamar||This Screening is part of event: FantasticFest 2011|
Opening night film. I was in theater one so I didn't see the stars on stage but I guess they did the Yo Gabba Gabba dance party, poo sausage eating contest, and director q&a in both theaters.
Yo Gabba Gabba dance party: Tim League gets on stage and shows a picture of his newborn twins to the audience, then says that since the birthing, his definition of "fantastic" has changed a bit to include fun for the whole family, so he pulls Elijah Wood on stage and they start playing his clip from Yo Gabba Gabba. They make the crowd get up and do his weird puppet dance then all of a sudden the whole Alamo/festival staff runs in with yellow shirts doing this weird dance. Henri is dressed up as one of the... Gabboids? (i have no idea) and we all dance for a while then they show a montage of exploding heads on the screen and the movie starts...
...but not before Nick Robinson's vasectomy bumper. Fantastic.
So... the movie... ok, here's my lasting positive memory of the first film: Very well-made, crazy idea that's treated with remarkable restraint, and amazing charisma from the evil doctor that made it ok to laugh.
The sequel is all in gritty hand-held black and white, mostly following this one guy Martin who's like almost a midget with bug eyes and balding pate and huge bulging belly. It's a silent role with no dialogue, but we spend the entire film with him and see that he's obsessed with the first film and decides to make his own human centipede.
There's a shit-ton of gore, so much so that I'm convinced it wouldn't work in color because, especially by the end, the sheer amount of blood on screen would end your suspension of disbelief. Where in the first film Six showed just enough, in this one he shows everything. Surprise, it doesn't work as well!
And since the lead doesn't really talk, there's no charisma. We revel in his disgusting physicality and the whole movie is gross but there's no laughs. True, there are some shock moments with twisted ideas I've never seen before, but they seem more in the vein of deliberately trying to one-up A Serbian Film than anything organic to this film.
So, compared to the first one, it doesn't look as good, shows no restraint, and has no levity.
Also, i swear I saw the color brown during one scene. It's a black and white movie but there's brown in there, right, Mr. Six!?
Afterward, Six said that the third one (final sequence) would be the "coolest" of the saga, be shot in America, have a happy ending, and start with the end of the second film so all three could be strung together into one film. Clever. It's interesting because the director's demeanor seems very friendly and upbeat. Just like his first appearance, it's pretty funny that he seems like such a nice guy considering his work. I guess it always works out that way though right? except Abel Ferrara.
So... while I didn't really hate this movie, I didn't really like it either. I'm not interesting in seeing it again, but you know, glad for the experience.