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Human Centipede (2009)

The Human Centipede (First Sequence) (original title)
R | | Horror | 28 April 2010 (USA)
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A mad scientist kidnaps and mutilates a trio of tourists in order to reassemble them into a human centipede, created by stitching their mouths to each others' rectums.


Tom Six


Tom Six
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Complete credited cast:
Dieter Laser ... Dr. Heiter
Ashley C. Williams ... Lindsay
Ashlynn Yennie ... Jenny
Akihiro Kitamura ... Katsuro
Andreas Leupold Andreas Leupold ... Det. Kranz
Peter Blankenstein ... Det. Voller
Bernd Kostrau Bernd Kostrau ... Dirty Man in Car
Rene de Wit Rene de Wit ... Truck Driver
Sylvia Zidek Sylvia Zidek ... Hotel Receptionist (voice)
Rosemary Annabella ... Amy (voice) (as Monica Iconica)
Mauricio d'Orey Mauricio d'Orey ... TV Presenter (voice) (as Maurício d'Orey)


Two pretty but ditsy American girls are on a road trip through Europe. In Germany, they end up alone at night with a broken car in the woods. They search for help and find an isolated villa. The next day, they awaken to find themselves trapped in a terrifying makeshift basement hospital along with a Japanese man. An older German man identifies himself as a retired surgeon specialized in separating Siamese twins. However, his three "patients" are not about to be separated but joined together in a horrific operation. He plans to be the first person to connect people via their gastric systems. By doing so, he plans to bring to life his sick lifetime fantasy, the human centipede. Written by Producer Ilona Six

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


100% medically accurate. See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing sadistic horror violence, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Josef Heiter's first name references Josef Mengele, a Nazi doctor who carried out torture experiments on prisoners in Auschwitz concentration camp. The surname Heiter, literally meaning "cheerful" in German, is a reference to lesser-known Nazi war criminals, doctors Fetter and Richter. See more »


When Lindsay is in the pool her hairstyle changes between shots. See more »


[first lines]
Jenny: [speaking on a hotel phone] Hi. Yes, um, I was wondering if I could get driving directions to a nightclub called Bunker. Yes, Bunker. How exactly would I get there?
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Crazy Credits

Tom Six's dog Nigel is credited under "Edited by" and "Making of edited by" as "NIGEL DE HOND", which is Dutch for "Nigel the dog". See more »


Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.13 (2011) See more »

User Reviews

Award to Dieter Laser & Mr. Fix for "Scariest Mad Doctor"
6 November 2011 | by josephlord-1See all my reviews

I finally got around to seeing this film and frankly I was not shocked; probably because I had read about its grossness far in advance. What I wasn't prepared for was the fact that a large part of the grossness was not actually shown, but rather spoken of and indirectly seen through bandage attachments. At some points it was very Hithcockian in the fear was instilled indirectly. Graphs showed how the surgery would be accomplished; only bits of the surgery were actually shown; the graphic defecation scene was verbalized and intimated. Very Hitchcock were the master of suspense a tad more mad. However, the scariest part of the film was Dieter Laser's performance. I can't recall ever seeing a mad scientist on film that projected madness and insanity as deeply as Mr. Laser……..Every time he was on screen you could feel your skin crawl with fear. Brilliant performance, mainly because it went to the edge of "over the top" but never actually got over the top. I've also read reviews which damned the actresses for not being "good actresses". A bunch of hooey for sure from those observers. I'd like to see them top the girls "tongue in cheek" performances. I never for a moment didn't see fear in their eyes, which btw is also another means of showing more fear than the actually surgery which was done while the cast was under anesthetics. In the beginning of the film you could feel the chemistry of the girls as they giggled about in their hotel room. A definite chemistry; one which would be needed as they got closer to each other at the Dr.'s house. Hats off to this film for sever reasons; suspense, fear and scare without an overload of blood and gore as in other films. Think of the Akitamura's job of convincing us that he was frightened, angry and scared in his native Japanese tongue, while again having tongue in cheek fears to contend with of his own character. Bottom line: An original, at the edge, horror film. Where does on go after that…..kudos to the cast for braving out a fully developed and overly imaginative film………..and to Mr. Six for following through. Can you imagine the sales pitch he had to prepare? Besides, our news media shows more graphic crap than this on their 24/7 newscasts (eg. There was more gore with Kadhafi killing, etc.)

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English | German | Japanese

Release Date:

28 April 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


EUR1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,424, 2 May 2010

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1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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