FrightFest 2009 Diary Day 4

FrightFest 2009 Diary: Day 4

FrightFest 2009 Diary: Day 4 first published by Little White Lies Day 4 – Sunday 30 Includes capsule reviews of: Dead Snow; The Human Centipede (First Sequence); Coffin Rock; Night of the Demons; Dread; Michael Jackson: Making Michael Jackson’s Thriller; Black Dead Snow (2009) Of all cinema’s monsters, zombies have so dominated the horror landscape…

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The Onania Club (2020)

There is a sequence in Jörg Buttgereit’s Nekromantik 2 (1991) where the protagonist Monika and her female friends gather together to eat sandwiches while watching a video of a dead seal being graphically skinned and butchered – something which Monika views with her thumb moving over her lips, in a response of clear arousal. Their…

The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence)

First published by Sight & Sound, August 2015 Synopsis: The desert, Texas. Faced with unruly inmates, rising costs and a threat of dismissal from Governor Hughes, psychotic German warden William Boss decides to implement a regime of torture and mass castration to reinstate discipline. His accountant Dwight Butler keeps trying to pitch a more economic…

Censoring the Centipede

Piece, first published by Little White Lies, on the BBFC’s decision to refuse certification to Tom Six’s The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence). Note that after the initial ban (and after this piece was written), the BBFC reversed its decision upon appeal, granting the film an 18 certificate on condition of 2 minutes and 37 seconds…

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The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) (2011)

The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) first published by Little White Lies If Franz Kafka’s 1915 novella The Metamorphosis begins with Gregor Samsa waking from troubled dreams to find himself transformed into a monstrous bug, then Tom Six’s The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) comes with a decidedly Kafkaesque pedigree. For its protagonist Martin (Laurence R. Harvey) is also…

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The Human Centipede (First Sequence) (2009)

The Human  Centipede (First Sequence) first published by Little White Lies “It’s a very sick film, we know that, we tried our best to give you everything you need.” This was how, at the Film4 FrightFest 2009, Dutch writer-director (and avant-garde artist) Tom Six introduced the world premiere of The Human Centipede (First Sequence) to what was arguably its…