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Exclusive Premiere: The Teaser Trailer for “The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)”

Exclusive Premiere: The Teaser Trailer for “The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)” (photo)

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The scariest part about “The Human Centipede” wasn’t the crazy German doctor with his obscene experiments or even the idea of innocent people being sewn together, mouth to ass, into a grotesque and horrifying monstrosity. No, the scariest part was the film’s subtitle, “First Sequence,” because it implied that as truly messed up as “The Human Centipede” was, it might only be the tip of the iceberg.

Sure enough, “Human Centipede” writer/director Tom Six is hard at work on “The Human Centipede Part 2 (Full Sequence),” and if you thought the first movie was intense, watch out: Six says that was just the warm up. “When I was writing [First Sequence],” Six told me, “I had so many ideas that I couldn’t fit them all in the movie. And I wanted the audience to get used to this crazy centipede. Now, in ‘Part 2,’ I can use all my ideas. So everything is in it this time. I don’t hold back anything. It’s pretty nasty.”

“Full Sequence” doesn’t come to theaters until 2011, but we’ve got the exclusive premiere of the teaser trailer right here. To mark the occasion, I spoke with Six (below) about horror sequels, weird fan mail, and human centipede casting sessions.

“The Human Centipede (First Sequence)” comes out on DVD and Blu-ray on October 5 and is available on demand from IFC Midnight through October 22.

I know you’re wary about spoiling the new movie, but what can you tell us at this point about “Human Centipede 2?”

It will have a huge centipede with 12 people involved. Shooting it has been a massive operation. Lots of people. We shot the film in London with an almost entirely British cast. I can’t say whether any of the characters from the first film are coming back, but it’s going to be pretty different than the first one.

So “Part 2” has a 12-member centipede. Realistically, logistically, is there a limit to how many people you can sew together?

When you see the 12-person centipede on the set, it’s so many people! If you did like 25 people, you’d need an entire street to shoot it. The sets would have to get bigger and bigger to get all the wide angle shots. It would be pretty crazy.

In the world of horror sequels, many have tried but few have succeeded. What in your mind is the secret to making a good horror sequel?

I think the key is originality. So many sequels that I see don’t work because they’re almost the same as the first film. So when I was working on my sequel, I wanted to make something really original. And I think people will be blown away by “Part 2” because it’s something they would never expect. I read people speculating on IMDb or Internet forums about what’s going to happen in “Part 2,” and they’re all wrong.

You’re the star of this first teaser for “Full Sequence.” How did that happen?

We didn’t want to reveal that much in the first teaser. So we couldn’t show much except for me. So you see me walk through one of our locations and then I reveal one of the lead characters in the story with a box on his head. It’s pretty funny. We didn’t want to show any material from the set because then you’d see what the centipede looks like and get a peek at the surprise. But you do get a glimpse of the lead actor and he’s really crazy.

In the first “Human Centipede” you made a big deal out of the fact that the film was “100% medically accurate.” The teaser for part 2 ends with the tagline “100% medically inaccurate.” Was being 100% medically accurate too artistically constraining?

[laughs] No, no. For the first film, the idea that this could actually happen, that a doctor could actually perform an operation like this, was part of the fun for me. So I had the construction looked at by a real surgeon. But now for the sequel I let it all go and it’s done in another way that has nothing to do with any medical facts.

“The Human Centipede” is a disturbing film, but it’s certainly not one of the goriest ever made. It’s horrifying, but it’s not excessively graphic. Were you ever surprised by the extreme reactions people had to the film?

I knew when I wrote the script that it was going to be controversial. There are movies that are more gory, but somehow this film messes with your head. People find it so degrading that they think that because I can imagine such horrible things that I must be a pervert or an idiot or an escapee from a mental hospital. It’s all make believe, of course, but I knew it would get a reaction like this.

You’ve shown the film all over the world. Do reactions vary from country to country?

They’re totally different. In Italy, people were quiet. They were really absorbing the film. In Japan, they laughed all the way through the film. They saw it as humor or something. In the U.S. I saw a guy vomit during a screening. He was eating during the film and I thought “That’s probably not a good idea.” And he barfed it all out in the middle of the theater. And I’ve seen people walk out of the theater almost everywhere in the world. That’s universal.

What’s your fan mail look like?

There’s a Facebook page for the film and I’ve read the most incredible things there. There are people on there who are so very angry! People who want to sterilize me, that say that I’m worse than Hitler, people who say I should be shot. And I laugh at all that. But then there are also people who say I’m a genius and they absolutely love it. They’re also making a porn movie now too, “The Human Sexipede.” That’s very cool.

What’s it like casting members of the human centipede? I’m guessing casting “Part 2” was easier than casting “Part 1.”

Oh yeah, absolutely. The first part was hell to cast. We did a casting in New York and 70% of the girls just walked out of the audition because they thought I was an idiot when I explained how they’d have to go mouth to ass. I had to use all my charm to explain to the girls what I was going to do because they had no clue what it was going to look like. After the first film got so much attention everywhere, it was so much easier to cast the second part.

People were practically lining up to go mouth to ass?

Yeah! It’s really funny when you’re sitting there and people drop to their hands and knees so easily.

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New Nasty

Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…

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IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. 

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number! 

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time. 

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by. 

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IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo. 

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim. 

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t? 

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?” 

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud. 

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.

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Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.

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Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.

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Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!

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Inter-not

Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.

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Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.

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If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.