A handful of loyalists helped propel Human Centipede to a small sort of success. It may not be a blockbuster, but when’s the last time an indie horror film from The Netherlands saw any screen time in the US at all?
There’s no doubt that it reached the audience it was looking for, and the audience that was looking for it found it somewhere in a dark corner, but the news that the film is getting an October 5th DVD release begs an interesting question.
Is this the kind of movie you’d watch again?
Ostensibly, the purpose of owning a personal copy of a film is so that you can watch it at your disposal. With some movie geeks, it’s also about checking out special features, commentary, and deleted scenes, but the main attraction is always the film itself.
The question has an impact on whether or not people will flock to buy this on DVD. After all, if the point is re-watching it, do you see any point in the future when you’ll want to sit down and watch it again?
If not, would you buy it simply to have on hand to share with friends, co-workers and your grandma?
I say this not to disparage the film (although I’ve already done that with my review), but because movies that people love but never want to see again fascinate me. They stand as tests of endurance, and even if you end up liking every single frame, that doesn’t mean you want to relive them. They become passionate, cinematic one-night-stands, and maybe they’re meant to be that way.
Is Human Centipede a one-night-stand or the kind of movie you bring home to mom?