Human Centipede on Netflix Streaming: DON'T WATCH


I watch a lot of horror movies. I've been a big fan of slashers and thrillers my entire life (I love the Halloween series) as well as scary movies in general.

One thing that seemed to come to fruition a few years ago, though, was a strange evolution out of the normalcy of horror, thriller, and overall scary movie genres. Coming out of the regular series of movies we'd come to know and love as a society came a strange sort of new generation of scary movies.

To me, it seemed to start with the original Saw movie. I loved the original Saw, and when you go back and watch it, it really doesn't actually show very much violence, blood, or gore. That was one of the things I found to be creative about it, it didn't go out of its way to appall people, and still was able to establish a great story with that entire exciting "scary movie" feel.

But, for some reason, everyone in Hollywood thought that this was some sort of calling for a new breed of horror genre. They figured that with the success of the Saw movie (or more particularly, the Saw sequels), an entire generation couldn't get away with being excited by the "humdrum monotony" of regular horror, and instead needed to watch torture.

The term that has pretty much been established at this point to describe this new horror genre is "Torture Porn." I believe it to be a satisfactory description, because that's what movies like the sequels to Saw (as well as a score of other movies) are. They're movies that are marketed on the defining value that, during the movie, you're bound to witness a person experience excruciating pain in the hands of another. It's never easy to watch, and it generally resolves to be a key aspect of the movie.

I have not watched The Human Centipede: First Sequence, and I don't plan on watching it. In my opinion, it represents a continuation of shock-value tactics that aren't necessary for entertainment purposes in horror films. The devolution from the excitement of the chase to mindless gore hasn't been a pleasant one to me, and I can't think of anything worse than fueling the fire more.

A lot of people want to check out this film due to its gross plot line, that being (GROSS SPOILER) an individual kidnaps a series of people and binds them together face-to-anus, ensuring the death of those in the back end - I'm not going to say more (END OF GROSS SPOILER).

But I have to say, that curiosity in regard to this type of "film" only helps tarnish the potential to move away from this genre. I really, truly miss the slasher genre, and it saddens me that the current market demands, and has a certain fetish for, torturous gore.

I'm not attaching a link to this streaming movie. If you must, search for it on Netflix on your own. What do you think? Have you watched the movie?

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

How can you suggest a movie not be watched if you didn't watch it? While it's a gross concept, The Human Centipede actually didn't show much in the way of mutilation, gore, etc. Most of the shock value came from the IMPLICATION of pain and...gross discomfort. Before you suggest that a person avoid a film, how about watching it yourself?

Anonymous said...

you made a whole post about what we shouldnt see? thanks dad!

how is a science experiment better or worse than a slasher movie?

seems like you're making up your morals as you go.

odoyle RULES

Christopher said...

I have this one in my queue, not sure if I'll ever get to it or not

Prudence said...

Shame on you - how can you suggest we not watch something based on the concept of the movie? If you had to explain to someone the concept of Saw, how would you say it? Man wakes up in a bathroom, has to saw his foot off to escape, hilarity ensues??? Booo, thought I liked this blog, not so sure anymore.

Taylor said...

I think I agree to a high degree with George Romero, when he said, "I don’t get the torture porn films... they're lacking metaphor."

My premise is simple; I'm supportive of a detraction from the current form of torture horror.

These torture films have faded away from American popularity in recent years, and I'm worried that increased popularity of a movie like this would invoke a resurgence in the genre.

Nick said...

What The Human Centipede has: a fun villain, icky situations, and so-bad-it's-good writing and acting.

What The Human Centipede DOES NOT have: lots of gore, torture porn on the level of Saw sequels or Hostel, any real shocks if you already know the basic premise.

It's more akin to survival horror than torture porn. It's a ridiculous situation that these people are put in by a mad scientist/doctor, and if you're int he right mood it's an interesting watch. Perfect with some friends and a case of beer.

FEEEEEEEED HER!

Anonymous said...

the reason you shouldn't watch human centipede is not because of any ridiculous musings by a child about "torture porn" and some nostalgic mumblings for old school horror, but because it's a boring film. straight up just dumb and boring.

Anonymous said...

this blog might suck, but at least ODOYLE RULES!

Anonymous said...

Worst. Review. Ever. Who actually reads this terrible blog? How did I get here? I hope I never accidently read any of this 'movie reviewers' garbage ever again

Taylor said...

This isn't a review, nor a review blog. This post in particular was commentary on the current trend in horror films. This isn't that difficult to understand.

Anonymous said...

yeah you did a perfectly excellent job in getting me to understand just how much you actually don't know about film. basically your blog exists only to alert me to various titles that are on streaming because your "commentary" lacks any insight or intelligence.

Taylor said...

Good, at least we're on the right page now. I never intended to have much insight on anything, and avoid pushing expectations on viewers whenever possible.

RevNickie said...

Ha! too funny. I read this after the "human CentiPad" episode of South Park. I could not agree with your "review" more. Expresses totally what I think about the concept. Not gonna see it. I too see how it started with Saw, but I wouldn't see that either. This coming from the Horror Kid of my High School. I was found reading Fangoria in the cafeteria. I guess I am old now. You kids get off my lawn! Halloween was a horror movie, not this crap. Ha ha, no pun intended. Or IS IT??

InstaFlicka Podcast said...

This is not the worst movie in the world. The indignation it has received from critics like Roger Ebert is not particularly warranted.

It is what it is, but does not deserve the scorn it has received.

Anonymous said...

Seriously. Dont watch it :))

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