One might bristle at the idea that all influence is a negative thing. After all, every work of art is a critique, a commentary on the art that preceded it. Literary critic Harold Bloom called it influence anxiety. Six seems to be criticizing something much more specific. He aims for a media landscape full of reboots, regurgitations and re-visitations. The younger generations are constantly dictated. Hey, kids. Do you know what we liked? “Ghostbusters.” Here’s a brand new “Ghostbusters” that’s 100% for us and not for you, but you better consume it anyway. We recycle every idea and every visual cue, and we exploit the image of a dead actor. Enjoy!
Tom Six merely applied a revolting metaphor. An extreme political cartoon. Oh my God, does “The Human Centipede 2″… matter?
And, just as “Star Wars” once came to influence actual American warfare activities – Ronald Reagan’s fantastic strategic space defense initiative was dubbed “Star Wars” – so “The Human Centipede” would come to inform American institutions.
The most revolting of the series, “The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence)” rolled back another layer of reality, and saw Dieter Laser and Laurence R. Harvey play prison guards in a universe where the first two films are both but movies. The characters of “(Final Sequence)” are monsters. They torture and mutilate the prisoners in their charge, all under a floating star-spangled banner.