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Tom Six
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Born
Occupation
  • Television director
  • filmmaker
  • screenwriter
  • actor
  • film editor
  • producer
Years active2004–present

Tom Six (born August 29, 1973) is a Dutch filmmaker, director, actor, producer and screenwriter. He is best known for his trilogy of body horror films, The Human Centipede (First Sequence), The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) and The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence).

Early life[edit]

Tom Six was born in Alkmaar, Noord-Holland,[citation needed] in the Netherlands on 29 August 1973.[1][2]

Career[edit]

Six started a company with his sister, where he wrote and directed such films as Gay in Amsterdam, Honeyz and I Love Dries (later retitled What the F**k?!),[3] about the aspiring Dutch singer Dries Roelvink.[4]

Six had success with the film The Human Centipede. Although it met with mixed reviews and reactions, The Human Centipede garnered widespread attention. The first film's success gave Six the flexibility he needed to work on a sequel, The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence), eventually leading to a trilogy. He made the first film to get viewers comfortable with the idea of the Human Centipede. Both the controversial content of the first film and the second's brutal depictions of sexual violence have generated controversy. In the United Kingdom, the BBFC declined to issue an 18 certificate for The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence), highlighting the antagonist's "total degradation, humiliation, mutilation, torture, and murder of his naked victims".[5] Six then submitted a new cut with two minutes and 37 seconds removed and received the 18 certificate.[6] Six responded with mixed feelings. On the one hand, he was devastated that he had to cut his film, and on the other, the decision of the BBFC gained much press and notoriety. He has said, "In the UK, censors cut many minutes from The Human Centipede 2 by law. It feels like I made a comedy and they cut out all the good jokes. It’s appalling. Nobody is forced to see a movie."[7]

The final film in the Human Centipede series, The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence), was released on 22 May 2015. Tom Six's idea was that each of the three sequences of The Human Centipede can stand on their own as a self-contained film, or they can be connected into a single 4.5 hour-long movie. The Human Centipede 2 begins where the original ends, while The Human Centipede 3 begins where The Human Centipede 2 ends; therefore, the three films together make a "movie centipede" titled The Human Centipede (Complete Sequence).[8][9][10]

Tom Six is currently filming the psychological horror film The Onania Club, originally due in 2017, but later delayed to 2019. Six commented on the matter, saying that "great art takes time."[11][12]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Functioned as
Director Writer Producer Actor
2004 Gay in Amsterdam Yes Yes Yes No
2007 Honeyz Yes Yes Yes No
2008 I Love Dries[N 1] Yes Yes Yes No
2009 The Human Centipede (First Sequence)[N 2] Yes Yes Yes No
2011 The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)[N 2] Yes Yes Yes No
2015 The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence)[N 2] Yes Yes Yes Yes
2019[14] The Onania Club[15][16] Yes Yes Yes Yes[17]
TBA[18] Enjoy[12][19] Yes Yes TBA TBA

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Re-cut for English-speaking audiences as What the F**k?! [sic].[13]
  2. ^ a b c Uncut versions of all three of the Human Centipede films were compiled into the official 2016 film titled The Human Centipede (Complete Sequence) - The Movie Centipede.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tom Six (29 August 2016). "Tom Six on Twitter". Twitter. Archived from the original on 19 August 2017. Retrieved 18 November 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  2. ^ "Tom Six". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Tom Six's 'What The F**k?!' Debut Film Coming Soon". BloodyDisgusting.com. August 26, 2015. Retrieved March 11, 2016.
  4. ^ Brummelen, Peter van (October 21, 2008). "I love Dries een film voor frituurliefhebbers". Het Parool (in Dutch). Retrieved November 1, 2011.
  5. ^ Shoard, Catherine (June 6, 2011). "The Human Centipede sequel just too horrible to show, says BBFC". The Guardian. Retrieved November 1, 2011.
  6. ^ BBFC (10 June 2011). "THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE II (FULL SEQUENCE)". British Board of Film Classification. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  7. ^ Collis, Clark (4 October 2011). "'Human Centipede 2': Tom Six, Laurence R. Harvey talk about their controversial sequel". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  8. ^ "Six Entertainment Company". Six Entertainment Company.
  9. ^ "Six Entertainment Company". Six Entertainment Company.
  10. ^ "Tom Six - THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE III (FINAL SEQUENCE)". www.starburstmagazine.com. Archived from the original on 2017-05-10.
  11. ^ "Tom Six on Twitter". Twitter. Archived from the original on 2018-02-19.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  12. ^ a b "Tom Six Talks What The F**k! - THE HORROR ENTERTAINMENT MAGAZINE". 27 March 2016.
  13. ^ "Six Entertainment Company". Six Entertainment Company.
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-02-19. Retrieved 2018-03-29.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ "Tom Six Looks to Check in to The Onania Club - Dread Central". 26 May 2015.
  16. ^ Tom Six [@tom_six] (2 August 2016). "One thing I promise u, you have never ever seen a movie like The Onania Club. Coming weeks the first secrets plus set reports in November x" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  17. ^ "Tom Six sur Twitter : "Yeah, I will do a subtle Hitchcock". 10 September 2016. Archived from the original on 10 September 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  18. ^ "Tom Six auf Twitter: "The Onania Club and Enjoy (2019) will fucking blow u away #outragecinema #vantablackcinema #highlyoriginalcinema #XXLcontroversialcinema"". 11 July 2017. Archived from the original on 11 July 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  19. ^ Tom Six [@tom_six] (5 August 2016). "@InkedEmo "Enjoy" good sir! It wil be hilariously perverse, set in Europe!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.

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