Wednesday, 2 November 2011

"Shock, Shock Horror Baby, Shock, Shock Horror"

I assume some of you have read my rather damning review for 'The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)'  in which I pick up on the franchise's mindlessness and self-obsession.

 What Tom Six (above) wants to do is simply shock his audience repeatedly without giving them any substance, intrigue or valid approach or idea to his horrific content - he feels stitching numerous people's faces to a stranger's rectum is enough storytelling, character development and cinematic formula to warrant the tyrant of irrelevant and particularly stupid gloop.

 The most gripping and chilling horror movies are the ones which ask the audiences questions; films which ponder upon social awkwardness and dilemmas, consequently causing viewers to ask themselves about their morality. Plus, horror movies that have a serious or realised message can still be laden with gore and sickening violence so there is simply no need to invest your time in Six's waste-products. 

 The example I'm using in this argument is 'A Serbian Film' from 2010 - a film that is infinitely more disgusting, repulsive and potentially offensive than 'THC' franchise but has rounded characters, a valid message about the fears in our modern-day society and an intrinsic link and attack on the 'Torture Porn' sub-genre. 'A Serbian Film' is an angry and frustrated picture that mirrors the feelings of it's 'protagonist' (sort of anyway) Milos (Srdjan Todorovic); a ageing porn star who is offered a role in an 'art film' in a bid to break away from the business. However, as the filmmaking process gets started, things aren't what they seem and he suddenly realises he has been drafted into making a paedophilia and necrophilia themed snuff movie.

 Surely that synopsis makes your skin crawl more than seeing pretty people being connected together?

 'A Serbian Film' is a devastating, despicable and uncompromising watch, even in it's cut form which is missing 4 minutes, but it is also a powerful and thought-provoking experience that you certainly won't enjoy, but you may soon wonder why you gave 2, 3 or 12 craps about Six's movies. I whole-heartedly recommend it if extremely graphic content does not distress or offend you.

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