CineMarterThe Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) - As Horrible as You'd Expect
Directed and written by Tom Six. Produced by Tom Six and Ilona Six. Release date: May 22, 2015.
The Human Centipede franchise is one for which I've never quite understood the appeal - assuming "appeal" is even the correct word. The first film had a creepy leading performance from Dieter Laser, and I suppose the premise was something we hadn't seen before, but for all the hype, the shock horror just wasn't all that good, and it got dull really quick. The second one, filmed in black and white, went for a more meta approach, but basically copied the first film's plot and was even duller - yes, even though the titular human centipede was larger. Now, we have a third film in this trilogy, and it's just as bad, if not worse, than the previous chapters, except this time with a more annoying protagonist and a more self-indulgent, self-congratulatory tone.
The plot of The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) will not surprise those of you who had the misfortune of sitting through the previous two films. A man - in this case, a racist and homophobic prison warden named Bill Boss (Dieter Laser; yes, the lead of the first film) - after much meandering around, winds up building a human centipede, which consists of joining the digestive tracks of multiple human beings and sewing them together anus-to-mouth. The idea this time around is conceived by the warden's accountant, Dwight (Laurence R. Harvey, lead of the second film), who is a big fan of the first two Human Centipede movies, much like the protagonist of the second film was a fan of the first film. The meta is strong in this one.
In fact, the meta is so prevalent that Tom Six, the director and writer of the trilogy actually makes a cameo appearance, one in which all three characters gather around a table and talk about how great the previous two movies are. We're supposed to be laughing at how self-congratulatory this is, but in reality I was more disgusted by this portion of the film than when the human centipede was being created. In case you're keeping score, the first film used three humans, the second film used 12, and this one uses something like 500. Oh, and a "human caterpillar" is also created, because why not?