Human Centipede: Horror or Horrific?

We all know I’m a huge fan of the horror genre — both written and filmed. Over the last few years there’s been a glut of horror films that cross boundaries many horror fans feel shouldn’t be crossed. One such boundary is going overboard on the shock factor. One film that did that better than any other (in recent history) was The Human Centipede: The First Sequence. Is this movie truly horror or just horrific?

The film was the brainchild of directory Tom Six and tells the story of a psychotic GermanĀ  doctor who kidnaps three tourists and joins them, mouth to anus, to create the title “monster”. The human centipede then awkwardly crawls about trying to “free” itself in any way it can.

I won’t give away anything other than the mad doctor yelling “Feed her!”

The second film was recently released. The Human Centipede: The Full Sequence. This film turns the whole ordeal up a few notches, takes an artistic bent, and makes even tried and true horror fans say “You really have to be in a mood to watch this.”

I have to admit, the story of the second film was inspired. It goes something like this: Inspired by the doctor from the first film, raving (and mute) mad man Martin, dreams of making his own 12-person human centipede. He succeeds with zero grace, zero medical accuracy, and zero consideration for the human condition.

The film is disturbing. But is it horror, or is it nothing more than a producer/director trying his best to shock his way into celebrity?

Would you be willing to watch either or both films to draw a conclusion? I’d love to hear what everything thinks of these two films and what they (and their ilk) are doing for the horror genre.

Sound off my lovelies!