"Ambitious, gross and deeply revolting."
The Human Centipede 3 (The Final Sequence), much like the first two films in the franchise, is too revolting to be watched. Director Tom Six has made the movie more ambitious as the centipede is not just anymore composed of few humans which our fingers can count; instead, a horde of prison inmates form it. And unlike the second film which is shot in black and white, this sequel is in full colors; it is bold and bright and bloody.
Dieter Laser, who played the mad scientist Dr. Heiter in the first film, is back as the incompetent and lunatic Bill Boss, warden of the high-security prison George H.W. Bush State Penitentiary. To discipline and earn the respect of the inmates, Bill tries different methods of torture but to no avail. Each minute, he becomes desperate to keep his job from a spiteful politician (Eric Robert). In the end, he agrees to the brilliant idea of his account Dwight Butler (Laurence R. Harvey who played the Nazi-look-alike antagonist in the second film) of literally having the inmates “on their knees” before him. Sawing the prisoner’s mouth to the butt of one another, Bill Boss creates the longest human centipede so far.
The Human Centipede 3 (The Final Sequence) is immensely gross and graphic, more evil than the first two films as violence in many forms are depicted in the film. Warden Bill’s method of discipline to the prisoners includes breaking legs, pouring boiling water on the face, random shooting and manual castration (of which he ate the balls cooked medium rare). In his dream, the inmates take their revenge and rape him. Instead of using his ass, the rapist knifes a hole on his side and through his kidney, and then sticks his rod there. While blood floods around them, the inmate takes pleasure in the warm ecstasy. In another sequence, a riot breaks out which results to Bill’s secretary lying in comatose. Well, Bill is unstoppable as he copulates with her unconscious body. All these things and much more scream sadism! It is quite sad that some find it some sort of entertainment.
The movie also desires to be a political satire. For one, there is this governor (Eric Roberts) who eyes higher seat who will do anything for this dream but who will never do the dirty jobs. At first, he sees the human centipede as violation to human rights and all that; but after deep thinking, he decides that that kind of discipline is “exactly what America needs.” Perhaps, what director Six is trying to tell us is that kissing asses and sealing mouths are one’s tickets to achievement. Secondly, the prison is a mixed type of population – Muslims, Jews, African-American, Latinos and more. Such oppression has physically united these different people. And if we look at the movie poster, the human centipede forms a hand with a thumbs-up. Lastly, Bill, after being “successful” with his ambitions, kills the doctor and his accountant and celebrates his victory by himself.
Another disturbing content in the film is the creation of “human caterpillar.” This is made in similar manners to the centipede, except that both legs and arms of the prisoners are removed. These people are practically facing the death row. In separate brief instances in the film, we see the dismemberment being performed on the inmates and the final creation creeping on the scorched ground. It is more evil than the centipede and we can only pray that Six will not produce another film about it.
In the final analysis, The Human Centipede 3 (The Final Sequence) is very similar to Pier Paolo Pasolini’s 1975 creation “Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom.” Both films mock society and politics in an immeasurably disgusting material, although the present film is much, much raw and graphic. Possibly, both films are better read than seen on screen. And we just can’t tell, but years from now, when all logic and sense turn different roads, Six’s third Human Centipede movie might be critically accepted like Pasolini’s work.