The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence)
|The Human Centipede 3|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Tom Six|
|Written by||Tom Six|
|Music by||Misha Segal|
|Edited by||Nigel de Hond|
|Distributed by||IFC Midnight|
The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) is a 2015 English-language Dutch satirical body horror film, written and directed by Tom Six. It is the third and final installment of Six's The Human Centipede trilogy. 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. The film received predominantly negative reviews from critics.
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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 secretary, 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 whilst the other inmates chant "Death Rape" repeatedly. After this nightmare, Bill 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 unconsciousness 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.
- Dieter Laser as William "Bill" Boss
- Laurence R. Harvey as Dwight Butler
- Robert LaSardo as Inmate 297
- Tommy "Tiny" Lister, Jr. as Inmate 178
- Jay Tavare as Inmate 346
- Eric Roberts as Governor Hughes
- Bree Olson as Daisy
- Clayton Rohner as Dr. Jones
- Tom Six as himself
- Hamzah Saman as Inmate 093
- Peter Blankenstein as Inmate 106
- Carlos Ramirez as Inmate 309
- Bill Hutchens as Inmate 488
- Chris Clanton as Prisoner
- Akihiro Kitamura as Inmate 333
- Daniel TwoFeathers as Stabbed Prison Guard
Six noted that casting for the third film was much easier than the first, as more people were familiar with the concept and wanted to appear in the film. To this end, Eric Roberts was easier to attract to the film, because according to Six, he was a fan of the original. Six decided to cast porn actress Bree Olson because he wanted a female character, even though the movie was set in an all-male prison, and wanted "the ultimate American female," which he believed to be a porn actress. Both Laser and Harvey had starred in previous entries as the main antagonists, Dr. Josef Heiter and Martin, respectively.
Six chose a prison setting to bring back the theme of "punishment" that generated the idea for the series, although Six admits that "I totally ignored [it] in the first two films." 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 receiving encouragement to do so from film festivals audiences  Six noted that this helped bring out how "ridiculous" the concept was.
Six has stated that some of the crew members did not agree to put their full names in the credits, and adding these same members did not have such reservations about the second part. In order to promote the film, Six distributed 250 hand-signed prints of the film in March 2015.
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.
Despite controversy over the second film in the franchise, 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.
The Human Centipede 3 has received generally negative reviews from critics. On review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an 18% rating based on 45 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." Metacritic reports an average score of 5 out of 100, indicating "overwhelming dislike" from 15 critics.
Entertainment Weekly ranked the film as the second worst movie of 2015, specifying, "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." 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."
In his review for Variety, Dennis Harvey noted, "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." Eddie Goldberger of New York Daily News concluded 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."
The New York Times critic Jeannette Catsoulis said of 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."
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.
|Golden Raspberry Award||Worst Director||Tom Six||Nominated|
|Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-off or Sequel||The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence)||Nominated|
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