Tom Six’s third Human Centipede is assembling its way to theaters and VOD this coming Friday.
Many are fans of the franchise, some watch it out of morbid curiosity, and others just wanna be part of the “club”.
Whatever the case, Six promises to up-the-ante with IFC’s Human Centipede Part 3 (Final Sequence) with a 500-person centipede assembled inside a prison.
During an interview with the BBC, he talks about everything from the film’s genesis to protestors, and even the film’s long-lasting legacy (he calls it the Texas Chainsaw Massacre of its generation).
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 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.”
I love Six, and his Human Centipede movies. He’s unapologetic and knows exactly what he’s doing – and the one thing he’s not doing (believe it or not) is trying to punish the audience. “These films have a lot of layers. They are dark comedies. They are horrible films, not horror films,” Six explains to those who don’t quite “get the joke”.
There’s a lot more great stuff over at BCC, which I urge you to read.
As for the final Human Centipede, I can’t wait until Friday to see what madness Six has assembled this time.