Hard To Swallow: Human Centipede

If RPS is ever surgically attached, ass to mouth, John should be at the front, because we're all used to swallowing with his shit.

When Robin Clarke linked this, Ste Curran notes that – finally – we have proof that videogames are art. It’s Human Centipede: The Game. Based on last year’s controversial film it’s basically Centipede… but with ass-to-mouth surgical attachment. I’m not sure what else I can say. It’s Centipede… but with with ass-to-mouth surgical attachment. It really is.


  1. tomeoftom says:

    That alt-text is gratuitously cruel, Mr. Kieron Gillen.

    Admittedly, it’s hilarious. But still.

  2. Ian says:

    I only heard about the film the other week, and the description of it had me on the very cusp of actually gagging.

    I don’t know how graphic the film is (or indeed whether it’s any good) but the description was quite enough.

    • Samuel Bigos says:

      It’s not graphic at all, just really, really, REALLY bad.

    • Vandelay says:

      I only heard about it when the trailer was recently shown on Charlie Brooker’s You Have Been Watching. I thought they said it was being released this year? I think they also said it was part of a trilogy.

      It did look pretty terrible.

    • Psychopomp says:

      The concept is far better than the film itself

    • Sic says:

      Good thing they’re remaking it with a higher budget then.

    • Chris says:

      The concept is scientific fail, nobody but the first human would survive, the rest would die from dehydration and starvation.

    • James G says:

      I also only found out about it a couple of days ago. Wouldn’t say it made me gag, just raise a quizzical eyebrow and wonder why the hell anyone thought the concept warranted a film, seems a bit difficult to stretch beyond the initial hit of ick and whatthehell. Then again, I’ve never really ‘got’ the whole so-called ‘torture-porn’ subset of the horror genre. (Although I’ve never been much in to horror films as a whole either. Not so much finding them boring enough to turn off, but that they rarely raise my enthusiasm enough to actually sit down and watch one.)

    • Sagan says:

      @ Chris:
      I wouldn’t be so certain that this is scientific fail. If you were to surgically reroute the urine, then you could at least supply the second and third person with liquid. According to this the kidney can process fifteen liters of water a day. Enough to sustain three human beings.
      They would still probably starve after a couple weeks because the first human uses up all the nutrients. If you wanted to feed him enough that his shit could sustain a second human being, he would just get fat. Maybe with a special diet though. Something that’s hard to digest…

      … Sorry I couldn’t resist writing this.

    • PleasingFungus says:

      Excrement wouldn’t sustain anyone. It’s the stuff the body can’t digest. Useless. You can’t “feed him enough that his shit could sustain a second human being”, because no matter how lovely the stuff you feed him, all that’s going to come out is… shit.

      Anyway, centipede game, hooray?

    • Nick says:

      I think you’ll find that the film is 100% medically accurate.

    • Sic says:

      It’s pretty easy to bypass stuff in the body. I mean, fat people stitch up their intestines all the time. The only thing you would need to do is remove the large intestines (only really give you water anyways), take away enough small intestines so that the food is only partially digested. The longer the centipede gets, the more small intestine needs to be kept in the ones furthest behind. Feeding the first person enough food and water would probably make the ones behind survive. If you don’t overdo the length.

      On a related note: this discussion is awesome.

    • westyfield says:

      @ Nick:

      As are all films.

    • Ehcmier says:

      Oh, they thought of it. An actual surgeon, after much reassurance and protest, told the director how he’d go about attempting it. The people behind the first person have IVs feeding them nutrients and water (and probably antibiotics and immunosuppressants to stave off rejection of foreign tissue). The sequels plan on taking it further with over 20 (I think I read 32) people. I seriously doubt they will get that many actors, but who knows? I read an interview with the director because I had to know his excuse for making this crap and to see if he came across as a twisted freak. The movie directly addresses the fact that it would be hard to keep people alive like this, and there are inevitable and predictable consequences. It’s more about the attempt and the following through on an experiment, with strong influences by the worst aspects, the legendary darkness, of Dr. Mengele types.

    • Bhazor says:

      I’ve never liked the term torture porn because its such a loaded title. Two words which are pretty hard to defend on their own combined into this label of cheap shock trash. But torture porn done well can be brutally tense and exciting. Marathon Man for example is pretty much just the main character being tortured for 40 minutes and is one of the best thrillers I’ve ever seen. Then the first Saw which despite the gore was brilliantly written and had the nerve to have the main characters flat out lie to the viewer. Its when torture porn gets too caught up in the act rather than the suspense or story that it falls apart and becomes cynical grind house guff.

      Ultimately I think the difference between the two is that you care about Winston Smith but you don’t give a damn about the meat they throw into the grinders in Saw 8.

  3. ZIGS says:

    link to youtube.com

    Obligatory post

    • Dominic White says:

      Why can’t we get game ads like that these days? It’s brilliant!

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  6. Thomas Lawrence says:

    Where’s the worst position to be in in a human centipede? I mean the obvious answer is in the back, but at least then your ass is your own, you know?

  7. lhzr says:

    i didn’t bother getting the movie, but this was definitely worth a play, especially since i was interested in the uhh.. concept.

  8. The_B says:

    I am not entirely surprised there is now an ass-to-mouth tag on RPS.

    No wait, not surprised at all. That’s what I meant. I also approve.

  9. Antlia says:

    And they say that games can’t be art

    • Antlia says:

      Thought that I made a witty comment until I read the original post better…

  10. the wiseass says:

    I’ve seen the movie and it’s really not so bad as many people may think. I found SAW and HOSTEL far far worse, these movies actually made me switch them off!

    The Human Centipede I could at least watch from the beginning to the end mostly due to the brilliant performance of Dieter LASER (yes, LASER!) whom I knew from the LEXX series, where he played a similar degenerated scientist called Mantrid.

    I find it actually pretty funny that people are up in arms over this movie while the umpteenth sequel of SAW is running in theatres and nobody gives a shit.

    • Foxfoxfox says:

      It’s not that the film is graphic, it is just very, very poorly made. And somehow not in the right way to be hilarious. After watching it I found for the first time that I truly wanted that portion of life returned unto me, for better use.

  11. HarbourMaster says:

    Wow, it’s like my favourite 70s porn orgy brought to PC gaming life.

  12. Kieron Gillen says:

    I’d suggest people read the wikipedia page, as it’s got some details on the medical advisor involved in the project. In short, the middle ones will need drips and stuff. In terms of the film… well, go read the synopsis which says how it turns out.


  13. blargh says:

    What the….


    Ugh. Hey, who’s feeling hungry? It’s a waste to throw away all this food!

  14. Uhm says:

    The real problems arise when the middle or end throws up.

    • Samuel Bigos says:

      Good point, you’d assume that there would be no holes in the surgery, so the only place it could go is back down. Or out the nose, which is not a great thought.

    • Uhm says:

      Or results in some sort of vomit enema, which, of course, goes straight back into the mouth. And creates a horrible cycle.

      Then it’s out the nose or your cheeks explode, I suppose.

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    Hodge says:

    This is actually one of the better film tie-ins I’ve played.

  16. Samuel Bigos says:

    OMG I just got the joke in the title.

  17. Karthik says:

    Ick. Ick ick ick.

    I did not want to be reminded of this.

  18. Grey_Ghost says:

    Son of a… Gah I just got to the point where I wasn’t imagining this crap every day. I haven’t seen the movie, but my imagination on the idea of it grosses my the f*ck out. Blegh.

  19. Auspex says:

    Human centipede is currently trending on twitter…

  20. Mad Doc MacRae says:

    When I first heard about the movie I wasn’t that disturbed but after this thread and reading the wikipedia page I’m fairly grossed out.

  21. Jimbo says:

    There are twins in that screenshot. Hot.

  22. Collic says:

    Reading about it on wikipedia, I’m convinced it’s one of those films that you might be tempted to watch so you can be shocked, appalled or challenged, but in reality you just end up bored.

  23. Personoic says:

    Oh, god I just ate. Damn you RPS DAMN YOU!

  24. Mr.President says:

    Movie shows no poop and virtually no gore on screen => BOOORIIING!!
    Human emotions are SO last decade *yawns*

  25. Magic H8 Ball says:

    But is the game 100% MEDICALLY ACCURATE?

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      DollarOfReactivity says:

      Oh come on. Banned by whom? Do we weak-kneed citizens need our government to shield our eyes from disturbing sights, thoughts, and sounds? Does the MPAA need to control anything committed to movie form?

      If you don’t like it, don’t consume it (in the economic sense). I would never see this movie, I wouldn’t help produce such a movie. But someone did. A bunch of people worked on it. It’s not criminal, just distasteful, which I assume was their point – to make you upset. +1 for them, I guess.