I had the…nauseating…pleasure of watching this movie when some of my friends invited me downstairs to a TV lounge. I had actually heard of the movie and had decided that it was a very original (albeit grotesque) concept, and I wanted to watch it if I had the chance. In all honesty, you can base whether you want to see this movie on the poster above, and on the quote right under it. I personally do not recommend it for people that have…stomachs. I find myself to be a person that can keep anything down when watching gory and horrible scenes in movies, but this movie made me feel ill.
The story revolves around two girls (Ashlynn Yennie and Ashley C. Williams) who get lost in Germany when their car breaks down. They run through the woods in vain to find someone to help, when they come across a house. In it, they are greeted by a demented doctor (Dieter Laser) who specializes in splitting Siamese Twins. Unbeknownst to them, the doctor has a great project planned for the two female specimens. Instead of splitting, he has decided to join…humans. He achieves this by connecting them through the gastrointestinal tract into one horrid creature.
The idea was, quite frankly, too original. The acting was a tad sub-par from the part of the head of the centipede (Akihiro Kitamura), even though all he had to do was scream a lot. The doctor’s character was, in fact, a very interesting creation on the part of Tom Six (the writer, director, etc.), and possessed many aspects to his personality that are revealed slowly throughout the movie. The cinematography is not like that of a normal horror or thriller; rather, the camera flows from scene to scene with an eerie sense of calm that is in a very obvious conflict with the situation at hand. Overall, though, the psychology behind the loss of free will is one that will resound within most of the people who watch this film. Would I recommend this movie to people? No. It is almost too much to take, and it will stay with you for a while after you watch it. Is it worth watching? Yes, actually. That is, if you can stand it (close to half of the viewing audience that watched it with me left before the movie was through). This movie is like watching paint dry…if the paint is connected to each other and forced to eat the prior’s excrement.