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Movie Review: The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence)

08/07/2015 15:30 BST | Updated 07/07/2016 10:59 BST

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Prison warden Billy Boss (Dieter Laser) is a misogynist and racist "German-American" with Nazi tendencies, a penchant for guzzling bottles of whiskey dry, and a mean streak that's a mile long. He's also a man in a bit of a pickle as the prison he runs has the greatest number of riots, highest staff turnover and the most expensive medical costs of any of the thousands of prisons across the United States.

Making matters worse it's an election year, and Billy's prison problems don't look so good in the eyes of voters. The Governor (Eric Roberts) has given the warden two weeks to improve the situation or Billy and his mild mannered accountant Dwight (Laurence R Harvey) are going to be out of a job! But Dwight - a fan of The Human Centipede films - has a simple and "medically accurate" idea inspired by the movies to keep costs down and subsequently subdue the inmates too.

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Bringing together Dieter Laser, who repulsed millions as the evil doctor in the original "first sequence" of The Human Centipede franchise and Laurence R Harvey, the demented villain of The Human Centipede (Full Sequence), Monster Pictures has announced the release date for the third and final film in this infamous horror trilogy. Adding to its B movie cred, the flick also features porn star Bree Olsen as Daisy the secretary, a handful of "oh yeah, that guy" actors and even a cameo (or two) by the filmmaker himself, Tom Six.

I caught a midafternoon press screening of Final Sequence last week hosted by Eureka Entertainment at the Soho Screening Rooms. Compared to the first and second "sequences" in the trilogy, the third release isn't nearly as full-on, lacking the classic scary movie structure of the first and the revolting misanthropic dread so vividly depicted in the second. Final Sequence revs up the camp and the goes for broke with over the top acting and can-we-get-away-with-filming-this gross out scenes . An agitated and predictably messy pubescent ew-fest, one could liken it to a popped zit that just keeps oozing puss and blood well beyond the moment when it would be expected to dry up.

Human Centipede 3 is a blood-splattered joke. But it's a joke that had me giggling and guffawing plenty ... that is when I wasn't squirming in my seat during scenes of excessive gore. I had a blast watching this movie, was chuckling about it the rest of the day, and was impressed by the sheer audacity required to create such a piece of cinema.

Not everyone's going to appreciate the joke though. As I left the venue, two fellows who had attended the same screening stood in the doorway discussing what they had just witnessed. "Pointless. No humour in it," said one to the immediate approval of the other as I squeezed by thinking about how badly my sides hurt from laughing so hard.

Clearing not suited to everyone's tastes, look for The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) in limited cinemas from 10 July and on Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD from 13 July.

The original version of this review was published at tikchris.com.