The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence)

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The Human Centipede 3
(Final Sequence)
The Human Centipede 3 Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Tom Six
Produced by
  • Tom Six
  • Ilona Six
Written by Tom Six
Starring
Music by Misha Segal
Cinematography David Meadows
Edited by Nigel de Hond
Production
company
Distributed by IFC Midnight
Release date
  • 22 May 2015 (2015-05-22) (United States)[1]
Running time
102 minutes[2]
Country Netherlands
Language English
Box office $16,184[3]

The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) is a 2015 English-language Dutch satirical body horror film written and directed by Tom Six and the third and final installment of The Human Centipede trilogy.[4] Starring Dieter Laser and Laurence R. Harvey, the leading actors from the first two films, in new roles, The Human Centipede 3 was released both theatrically and on video on demand on 22 May 2015.[1] The film received predominantly negative reviews from critics.

Plot[edit]

William "Bill" Boss (Dieter Laser), a psychopathic prison warden, watches the end of The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) with his accountant, Dwight Butler (Laurence R. Harvey). Bill says that he hates the films as his feet are massaged by his assistant, Daisy (Bree Olson). Daisy replies that she enjoyed them. In response, Bill sucks his finger and inserts it into Daisy's vagina, telling her that women should not be allowed to voice their opinions. Dwight interrupts, attempting to pitch a "brilliant idea" to fix the prison's horrible retention and violence rates, but he is interrupted by a phone call.

Bill and Dwight are then summoned to the scene of an assault within the prison. One of the officers has been stabbed by an inmate. As punishment, Bill decides to stomp on the arm of the prisoner (Tommy 'Tiny' Lister), exposing the bone and causing immense pain. He promises to do it again when his bones are healed.

Back in the Warden's office, Bill receives a mysterious package. After Dwight asks what it contains, Bill reveals that it is a jar of specially imported, dried African clitorises which he eats "for strength." After eating a few, he receives a threatening prank phone call from one of the inmates (Jay Tavare). Bill waterboards him with three buckets of boiling water, horribly disfiguring him. The inmate tells Bill that he has lost his soul.

Governor Hughes (Eric Roberts) arrives immediately afterwards, ordering Bill and Dwight to put a stop to the violence and promising that they will both be fired otherwise. In anger and retaliation, Bill orders a 'mass castration' of the inmates, and castrates one of the prisoners (Robert LaSardo) himself. He covers his face in the blood of the inmate and later eats the cooked testicles for lunch, calling it "Energy Food." Daisy is forced to perform fellatio on Bill while Dwight is in the room. Upon completing the act, Daisy eats one of the dried clitorises, mistaking them for candy.

Finally, Dwight is able to pitch his idea to Bill. He suggests that all of the prisoners are sutured together mouth-to-anus, forming a giant human prison centipede, claiming that it will be the ultimate deterrent for anyone considering a life of crime. Initially, Bill is opposed to the idea and dismisses it as impossible. However, Bill then has a nightmare about being attacked by the inmates, expressing weakness, and being raped in the kidney by the inmate he castrated. He then becomes visibly more desperate for a means of protection from his inmates.

When the director himself, Tom Six, is summoned to the prison, Bill warms up to Dwight's idea after being assured that it is "100% medically accurate." Six gives the prison permission to use his Centipede idea, provided that he is permitted to witness the operation.

The first two films are then screened in the prison canteen, showing the prisoners what is about to happen to them. A riot breaks out, and several guards are injured. Bill and Dwight flee to the Warden's office as they are being chased by prisoners. Prisoners eventually make it to the office, where one inmate beats Daisy into a coma as another masturbates to the sight. Bill jumps out of the window just as backup arrives and manages to herd the prisoners back to their cells.

Bill then goes around each cell and shoots every inmate with tranquilizers, readying them for the operation. It transpires that some inmates are not compatible for the centipede; one inmate has a stoma, and another is disabled, so Bill kills them both, by placing his gun inside the inmate's stoma and shooting him, and then shooting the disabled inmate in the head. They also discover an inmate with Crohn's disease, who has constant diarrhea. Bill orders the castrated man who raped him in a dream to be attached to him as an added punishment. Bill and Dwight go and visit Daisy, who is now in a coma. Dwight reveals that he loves her as Bill rapes her motionless body, despite Dwight's protests.

Tom Six returns to the prison, where he is met by Bill and Dwight. Touring the cells, the trio discover a mentally unstable inmate who is eating his own feces and wants to be sewn into the centipede. Not wanting anyone to enjoy the centipede punishment, Bill shoots and kills the inmate. Bill and Dwight observe the operation with Six, who vomits after seeing the death row inmates being dismembered for a "special project."

With the five-hundred person centipede now complete, Governor Hughes arrives and is disgusted at what he sees. Not only has a Human Centipede been created, but a 'Human Caterpillar' has also been created out of the inmates serving life sentences. This is the same as a Human Centipede, only the limbs of the victims have been removed, meaning they cannot move. It is revealed that Daisy has also been accidentally sewn into the Centipede. Hughes concludes that Dwight and Bill are insane and should receive the death penalty before leaving the prison in abhorrence.

Bill murders Dr. Jones (Clayton Rohner), and then Hughes returns to prison with a sudden change of heart, stating that the Centipede punishment is "exactly what America needs."

The film ends with Dwight and Bill celebrating their success. Dwight is then shot and killed for trying to take credit for the idea, even though it was his idea to begin with.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Six noted that casting for the third film was much easier than the first film as more people were familiar with the concept and wanted to do it.[6] To this end Eric Roberts was easier to get, because according to Six, he was a fan of the original. [7] Six decided to cast porn actress Bree Olson because he wanted a female even though the movie was set in an all-male prison, but wanted "the ultimate American female", which according to him was a porn actress.[7] Both Laser and Harvey have starred in previous entries as the main antagonists, Dr. Josef Heiter and Martin respectively.[7]

Six chose a prison setting to get back to the theme of "punishment" that generated the idea for the series, although Six admits that "I totally ignored in the first two films." [7] Six filmed the movie in the style of "a Hollywood film", which according to him meant shooting "everything widescreen with over-the-top color grading and big Hollywood music", after getting encouragement to do so from film festivals audiences [7] Six has noted that this helped bring out how "ridiculous" the concept was.[7]

Six has stated that some of the crew members did not agree to put their full names in the credit, noting that these same members did not have such reservations about the second part.[8]

In order to promote the film, Six distributed 250 hand-signed prints of the film in March 2015.[9]

Release[edit]

On 7 April 2015, Entertainment Weekly announced the film's theatrical and video on demand release date to be 22 May 2015.[1]

The film passed uncut in Australia on 6 May with an R18+ rating and screened in a national tour throughout June with Harvey appearing as a special guest. The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray in Australia on 22 July 2015.[10][11]

Despite controversy over the second film in the franchise,[12] the film passed uncut in the UK with an 18 certificate and in New Zealand with an R18 certificate. It was released in the UK on 20 July.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

The Human Centipede 3 has received generally negative reviews from critics. On review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 18% rating based on 44 reviews with an average rating of 2.2/10. The Rotten Tomatoes critical consensus states that "Human Centipede fans may find enough extreme body horror in the third installment to satisfy, but filmgoers of every other persuasion are strongly advised to stay far, far away from Final Sequence."[13] Metacritic reports an average score of 5 out of 100, indicating "overwhelming dislike" from 15 critics.[14]

Entertainment Weekly ranked the film as the second worst movie of 2015, stating that "sleazy sadism served with a wink and a smile, Six’s anus-to-mouth trilogy is a satire without any clue of what it’s satirizing."[15] Additionally, The A.V. Club also ranked the film as the second worst of 2015, declaring "Writer-director Tom Six lives for disapproval, and he’s finally made a movie that basically no one—not even those amused or unnerved by the past two installments—could possibly enjoy."[16]

In his review for Variety, Dennis Harvey notes: "As with earlier chapters, the packaging is as competent (if not particularly inspired) as the content is remedial. Indeed, perhaps the series’ only really good joke has been the inherent absurdism of seeing an ever-rising level of expense, polish and now “name” actors applied to something so fundamentally dumb."[17] Eddie Goldberger of New York Daily News concludes his review with: "The movie passes time until it can get to the centipeding. Even the big namesake event, when it finally arrives, is ho-hum. Turns out, whether it’s three people stuck together or 500, if you’ve seen one human centipede, you’ve seen them all."[18]

The New York Times critic Jeannette Catsoulis called the film "An ugly, claustrophobic celebration of sexual violence that’s anchored by one of the most repellent characters ever to appear on screen: The prison warden Bill Boss. Portrayed by Dieter Laser, Boss is a capering obscenity whose oft-protruding tongue deserves its own agent."[19]

Greg Cwik of Indiewire gave the film a C- and said: "Final Sequence is too self-serious to be camp, but too silly to be scary, so Six just settles for gross."[20]

Home media[edit]

The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) was released on DVD and Blu-ray on 27 October 2015 in the United States. Additionally, a Blu-ray box set containing all of the films was released on the same day.[21]

Accolades[edit]

Award Category Nominee Result
Golden Raspberry Award[22][23] Worst Director Tom Six Nominated
Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-off or Sequel The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) Nominated

Parody[edit]

Bree Olson starred in a parody of the feature that was directed by Graham Rich and shot in Hollywood, California.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "'Human Centipede Part 3': Exclusive release date and synopsis details". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. 7 April 2015. Retrieved 7 April 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE III (FINAL SEQUENCE) (18)". British Board of Film Classification. 14 May 2015. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  3. ^ "The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) (2015)". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 5 June 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Child, Ben (30 May 2013). "Eric Roberts to star in The Human Centipede 3 | Film | guardian.co.uk". Guardian. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c "Eric Roberts, Tiny Lister, and Bree Olson Added to The Human Centipede 3: Final Sequence". Dread Central. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  6. ^ Hanley, Ken W. "Q&A: Director Tom Six on "THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 3: FINAL SEQUENCE"". Fangoria. Retrieved 13 February 2016. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f Snieder, Jeff. "'Human Centipede' Director Tom Six Takes on Censorship, Critics: 'I Like the People Who Hate It' -". The Wrap. Retrieved 13 February 2016. 
  8. ^ Siclen, Alison Van. "Tom Six, the 'Human Centipede' Director, Is 'Very Proud' of His Work". Vice. Retrieved 13 February 2016. 
  9. ^ Rigney, Todd (7 November 2013). "The Human Centipede – Tom Six Offers Extremely Limited Number of Hand-Signed Prints". DC. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  10. ^ "THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 3 (FINAL SEQUENCE) To Tour Australia With Laurence R. Harvey In Attendance". Horrorcultfilms.com. 
  11. ^ "Human Centipede 3, The: Final Sequence". JB Hi-Fi. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  12. ^ "BBFC rejects THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE II (FULL SEQUENCE)". British Board of Film Classification. 6 June 2011. 
  13. ^ "The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved 21 May 2015. 
  14. ^ "The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence)". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 13 July 2015. 
  15. ^ "10 Best (And 5 Worst!) Movies of 2015". Entertainment Weekly. 7 December 2015. Retrieved 14 December 2015. 
  16. ^ "The 20 worst films of 2015". The A.V. Club. 16 December 2015. Retrieved 17 December 2015. 
  17. ^ "'The Human Centipede III' Review: Tom Six's Latest Offense". Variety. 20 May 2015. Retrieved 20 May 2015. 
  18. ^ "'The Human Centipede 3' review: Rear end, finally". New York Daily News. 20 May 2015. Retrieved 20 May 2015. 
  19. ^ Catsoulis, Jeannette (22 May 2015). "Review: In 'Human Centipede 3' There's No Humanity Left". The New York Times. 
  20. ^ "Review: 'The Human Centipede: Part III (Final Sequence)'". Indiewire. 19 May 2015. Retrieved 20 May 2015. 
  21. ^ "The Human Centipede 3 DVD Release Date October 27, 2015". DVDsReleaseDates. Retrieved 19 August 2015. 
  22. ^ "Razzies nominations 2016: Fifty Shades of Grey, Pixels lead pack of year's worst". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 16 January 2016. 
  23. ^ "Razzie Awards 2016: The Complete List of Nominations". ABC News. Retrieved 16 January 2016. 
  24. ^ "Human Centipede 3 Parody with Bree Olson from tmihollywood, Graham Rich, and Jason Mimms". Funny or Die. 22 October 2014. 

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