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?