French writer Georges Bataille said that "men are swayed by two simultaneous emotions: they are driven away by terror and drawn by an awed fascination. Taboo and transgression reflect these two contradictory urges. The taboo would forbid the transgression but the fascination compels it." That about sums it up for most people who have sought out The Human Centipede (First Sequence) -- and really, horror cinema in general. It's just that Tom Six's film promises a certain level of depravity exceeding the tolerance of many (and to the delight of some). The end result, however, has far less gruesomeness and far more depth than the concept of connecting three people ass-to-mouth implies.

In the film, two American girls (Ashley C. Williams & Ashlynn Yennie) become stranded during their travels in Germany and come across the home of Dr. Heiter (Dieter Laser), a leader in the field of conjoined twin surgery, while seeking help. He drugs and imprisons the girls, along with a Japanese man (Akihiro Kitamura), in his basement infirmary. With his test subjects selected, he sets out to create his masterpiece -- a human centipede -- by severing the tendons of their kneecaps, removing some of their teeth and surgically attaching the trio entrance to exit. [spoilers after the jump]