To answer the question I asked in my previous post about the film- does The Human Centipede offer anything but its premise? Kind of. There isn't much to it other than what you see in the trailers, but there are a few rewards for those who watch the whole film. Dieter Laser (the deranged Dr Heiter) is a fantastic character actor. I hope they incorporate him into the sequel somehow, ala John Kramer of Saw. The cinematography is surprisingly well-done, too. It's no Citizen Kane, but the way the surgery scene near the middle was shot and edited is the most impressive to me.
I was also surprised by how restricted the film was in depicting such a horrifying premise. I think this is why it's getting mixed reviews. Contrary to popular belief, the movie doesn't revolve around shit-eating, but more on Dr. Heiter. In fact, only one instance of shit-eating is shown. I think it works for a movie like this. Even though it isn't that gruesome or gory, it still haunts me hours after the credits. The Human Centipede takes a simple, disgusting concept and runs with it.
However, there were a few things that really brought the film down. In horror, if you want your movie to scare people, the audience having sympathy for your victims is essential. Unfortunately, we don't have much of that here. The characters in The Human Centipede make such moronic decisions that it's hard to relate to them. I understand that people tend to do irrational things under stress, but the unbelievably stupid things the two women do in the first half of the film push the boundaries. You're about to have your mouth sewn to someones ass! Where's your self-preservation instinct?! In fact, stitching up the two female lead's lips is the only act of mercy Heiter ever exhibits. There isn't much to the head of the centipede, either, other than screaming Japanese obscenities at the doctor.