Wednesday, June 10, 2015
THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE III (THE FINAL SEQUENCE) (2015)
Written & Directed By: Tom Six
Cinematography By: David Meadows
Editor: Rodrigo Cabral
Cast: Dieter Laser, Laurence R. Harvey, Bree Olson, Thomas LaSardo, Eric Roberts, Tony “Tiny” Lister, Clayton Rohner, Tom Six, Peter Blankenstein
Bully prison warden Bill Boss, 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. 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 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.
This is one of the few times I really want to ask, why was this film made. There is really no reason for this film to exist.
The only reasons I can come up with seem to be that, the first two were so successful that he was forced to make a final one, more for financial reasons then artistic merit. Other was offered a final cut and loads of money and incentives to make the third by certain money men looking to be in the film business. Or maybe seems mandatory as all successful films demand a trilogy whether needed or not. So it might have been demanded due to the popularity of this title.
I will say this film proved to menu was right to stay away from the series so far. As I was intrigued only as the preview made it seem like an intentionally campy comedy and it had some recognizable cast members. Who are genre staples. I already wasn't expecting much, but I didn't expect it to be this bad either.
As this film seems more then morally bankrupt as the scenes play out like they are intended to be gross punchlines rather then have any meaning or coherence. As the film tries very little to make any sense the hammer home an attempt at satire. So that the film just seems unfocused and all over the place. It seems to play out more due to excess then necessity.
It feels like the director tom six, ran out of steam or just used ideas that he couldn't use in his other films. For budget and story reasons and decided to use them here very loosely. This seems to be his attempt at intentional comedy.
This film seems more of a thank you letter of sorts to the fans of the series, as it becomes insanely meta. With the director appearing as himself after the warden has watched His films and asks at first if the experiment can be done and then asks his permission to perform it on the convicts. As the extreme punishments he doles out doesn't seem to deter or have any effect on the prisoners and their violence. He gives permission and only asks to be there to witness it firsthand. Then promptly get sick once he does. Though it might be a gift, it’s a cheap one I can't imagine many will like it want.
The film plays like an inside joke more to fans then the audience. As multiple characters praise the first two films and he has the two main stars of the first two films here playing the leads again. Only as vastly different characters Dieter Laser plays the Texan warden who has a heavy unexplained German accent. With Laurence R. Harvey who was mute in the second film here playing his assistant who does speak. He plays more of a comedic but important role here. Mr. Laser is particularly bad though can't tell if it is on purpose or just his take on the character. Where as Mr. Harvey fares a bit better. As his character looks more comedic. Either way they both are unhinged here. In all three Human Centipede movies Peter Blankenstein plays a character who is considered for the centipede but dies before he can actually be added.
Tom Six has said this will be the sickest Human Centipede film. I haven’t seen the other two but the second one seems to earn that honor after hearing about it.
It offers plenty of violence and gore, half of the time as fantasies that there is no reason to show or go into great detail over. So that after awhile It just seems like it is there to shock the audience like every other aspect of the film. As the warden is racist and seems to get energized by eating fried female sexual organs.
Even the films humor just seems more like cruelty then comedy as the films sets out and manages to offend anyone and everyone. I just pity adult film star Bree Olson who is the only female in the film and whose character seems to be the most degraded. This role in a so called legitimate film seems worse than any experience in fetish or cruelty porn. Though then again this film seems to fit inside the label Of tortute porn. Especially for the audience. There is even a prison rape scene that tries to compete with the David Cronenberg film CRASH for sex with an open wounded orifice.
In the scene where the inmates are made to watch the first 2 films, they shout out real reviews for the first and second films.
The shocking part is that the director got recognizable character actors such as Tony "Tiny" Lister, Eric Roberts and Thomas LaSardo to Play roles In it.
Even once the film gets to the point of it's title it seems so underwhelming. Then it just seems to end
Now I have never seen the first two films, but heard about them is detail. So much so that while I am willing watch the first film and read all about it when it first came out. To view it in a way as an experimental cult film. The second film which seems to try for a more realistic approach. I refuse to watch. As again hair hearing descriptions of scenes sound stomach turning. As I am a person who is comfortable enough watching violence I can tell is fake or made up when it comes to horror, but if the violence looks or feels way too realistic I find myself troubled and most likely sick to my stomach. Which is what has kept me from watching some supposed horror classics as the gore might just be too real for me.
The film seems a disappointment as it seems like a perfect chance to send up the films utter ridiculousness. Which I believe was the intent, but the director just doesn't seem to get it or has a rather sad sense of humor.
Watching this film as i suspect Mr. Six is trying to be more of a cult director. Though he makes use boll look competent more as a director. If i were to judge by this film.
I won't lie, I will be interested to hear what Tom Six does next, though like his other films. I don't think I will be in a rush to see them.
Luckily as the title suggest this is the last film.