I’ve never met Tom Six, and haven’t really conversed with him at all. To be frank, I don’t even know what to make of him. Is he arrogant? Is he a sociopath? Is he one of those directors who only cares about shocking his audience? I’ve been in the dark ever since his The Human Centipede (First Sequence) blew my mind back in 2009. Being that I’m the kind of guy who likes to stare you right in the eye and see what makes you tick, the shroud of mystery around Six has literally drove me insane. Up until today, I’ve had no actual opinion on the Euro director.
But now, with The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) premiering at the Fantastic Fest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, the director has opened up with an absolutely mind blowing interview with the NY Times where he talks about making his new villain rape a chair, and how he’s comfortable having his films tagged as “torture porn.”
Read on for some choice segments.
Premiering at Fantastic Fest this weekend is the hotly anticipated The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence), Tom Six’s black-and-white sequel that opens in limited theaters October 7 from IFC Films.
Details were scarce until the UK banning which revealed that the sequel “tells the story of a man who becomes sexually obsessed with a DVD recording of the first film and who imagines putting the ‘centipede’ idea into practice.” The film features a 12-person centipede.
Bloody Disgusting scored an exclusive new still that shows the franchise’s latest villain, Martin, played by newcomer Laurence R. Harvey. It also features Ashlynn Yennie, who was part of Six’s three-person centipede back in 2009. She play “Jenny” in the first film, while the second she’s credited as “Miss Yennie.” What can you make of the image?
European Director Tom Six has become the freshest face in the horror community to reach star status with his 2010 shocker The Human Centipede: First Sequence. In hyping the film’s now in post-production sequel, The Human Centipede Part 2: Full Sequence, Six had used the “Disney” analogy stating that it would make the first “look like a Disney film.” It’s a strong statement considering how unnerving the first assembly was, which is probably why he’s already opting to use the exact same bold statement to hype up the end to the trilogy, currently in development.
Already banned by the British Board of Film Classification, Six had some more bad news for the BBFC: Human Centipede 3 is going to “make the last one look like a Disney film,” he tells Empire. “We’re going to shoot the third film entirely in America and it’s going to be my favourite…It’s going to upset a lot of people.”
The director also confirmed that part three would be the last of his Centi-series, in a stitch guaranteeing cinema its most extreme trilogy. Despite his protestations, Six was asked if he might feel a temptation to dust off the sandpaper for a fourth installment. “No. Never, ever.”
While I enjoyed the first film quite a bit, I do fear that Six may be taking the franchise too far. I am not a fan of torture films without a point (see Chaos and more recently Morituris). If Six opts to shock and awe by inflicting horrible pain on the film’s protagonists without any social commentary, I fear I’m going to be greatly disappointed in the man. Hopefully Full Sequence will see a release later this year and we’ll be able to dissect the “Centipede” a bit further…
This has been an insane few weeks for Tom Six’s hotly anticipated The Human Centipede Part 2: Full Sequence.
It all started when the BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) announced that it had rejected and was unable to classify the film for UK release, basically banning it. They issued a press release and included major plot points, while also crucifying the film in the public’s eye (for shame!)
Then we broke the full cast, which I’m sure didn’t make everyone smile.
Following that, Six had beautifully responded to the banning stating: “My dear people it is a f****cking MOVIE. It is all fictional. Not real. It is all make-belief. It is art. Give people their own choice to watch it or not.”
The dramatic storyline continues to unfold as the UK distributor, Eureka Entertainment, responds to the banning with a iron fist. My honest opinion is that the public stoning is cause for a lawsuit, and I sincerely hope that Eureka (and U.S. distributor IFC Films) take on the BBFC for staining the film with the moniker of “tasteless and disgusting”, among other nasty words. Banning is one thing, but this is something much, much more — my perspective is that the BBFC’s release has “caused damages,” but that’s for the courts to decide.
I can only imagine how much is sucks to be director Tom Six right about now, although the dude should be exponentially proud that he’s become part of pop culture. No matter what the future holds, he will always be remembered.
But currently, this week to be exact, is sh*t. Not to mention that we revealed the entire cast early this morning, but the director’s The Human Centipede Part 2: Full Sequence was outright banned by the UK BBFC. The boys over at Empire got word as to “why” this ruling was made, which included a full breakdown of the plot, while also slinging insults and insinuations at the Franken-franchise. Aren’t they supposed to be objective? Hypocrites.
Anyways, Six responded to the BBFC over at Empire: “Thank you BBFC for putting spoilers of my movie on your website and thank you for banning my film in this exceptional way. Apparently I made an horrific horror-film, but shouldn’t a good horror film be horrific? My dear people it is a f****cking MOVIE. It is all fictional. Not real. It is all make-belief. It is art. Give people their own choice to watch it or not. If people can’t handle or like my movies they just don’t watch them. If people like my movies they have to be able to see it any time, anywhere also in the UK.”
Short, sweet and to the point. I give his speech an A+. Scream it with me: “FUCK CENSORSHIP!”
Having just been banned from the UK, Bloody Disgusting was able to exclusively dig up the official casting for The Human Centipede Part 2: Full Sequence, which had been previously shrouded in secrecy.
Ashlynn Yennie, who also starred in First Sequence, will be returning to reprise her role of “Jenny” in Tom Six’s sequel deemed “100% medically inaccurate.”
Laurence Harvey will be playing “Martin”, the new mad scientist who will assemble the 12-person centipede.
Dominic Borelli, Vivien Bridson, Lee Harris, Peter Charlton, Bill Hutchens, Dan Burman, Daniel Jude Gennis, Kandace Caine, Maddi Black, Lucas Hansen, Georgia Goodrick and Emma Lock round out the cast.
Details were scarce until the UK banning which revealed that the sequel “tells the story of a man who becomes sexually obsessed with a DVD recording of the first film and who imagines putting the ‘centipede’ idea into practice.”
The big question is: who is fortunate enough to be the “head’?
With The Human Centipede: First Sequence being parodied by the likes of South Park and Funny or Die, it’s pretty obvious that Tom Six’s strangely crude horror film has become part of our pop culture. The sequel – The Human Centipede: Full Sequence – is set for release after the summer, but it won’t be the last of the NSFW concept.
The director recently sat down with EW to chat about sequels, parodies, and how Dr. Heiter has changed his life for better or worse.
THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE is an unconventional – and medically accurate — biological horror film that enthusiastically explores territory that few filmmakers dare to tread. When two pretty American girls go on a road trip in Europe, they end up alone at night in Germany with a broken car in the woods. They search for help and find an isolated villa, and awake the next day to find themselves trapped in a terrifying makeshift basement hospital. Their captor is the internationally respected Siamese twin surgeon Dr. Josef Heiter with a demented vision for mankind’s future existence. Dr. Heiter wants to remove human beings’ kneecaps so they have to exist on all fours and then surgically graft them mouth-to-anus to form a centipede chain. But when his victims give him more trouble than he expects – including unwanted attention from the authorities – Dr. Heiter is forced to decide whether to abandon his latest project, or protect it from the outside world – with their and his very lives, if necessary.