I saw Tom Six's truly unique film The Human Centipede (First Sequence) last week... and I still can't stop thinking about this film which is alarming both for how disturbing it is... and how effective and well-made it is. Today I got to talk with the man who brought this twisted vision to the silver screen (who is one hell of a nice guy, actually) about the film, which will be released on video-on-demand on April 28 and will hit theaters on April 30. While I'll have my full interview and film review up next week, I had to share what he had to say about the sequel that he's planning to shoot in a few months, The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) (If you're not familiar with this first film, which has been tearing up the festival circuit, you might want to watch the trailer, so CLICK HERE to watch). Here's what the director had to say about the sequel.
I believe you're getting ready for production on the sequel and, from what I read in the production notes, it's going to be 12 people in that centipede for the Full Sequence?
Tom Six: Exactly. It's going to be 12 people and I've been telling people all over the world that The Human Centipede (First Sequence) will be My Little Pony in comparison to this film. In part one, I really wanted people to get used to this idea, this sick idea and in the second part, I can really use all my imagination and everything I couldn't do in Part I, I can now do in Part II. I really tried to make it original, of course, because you see all these sequels that are disappointing. Hopefully it works, creating something really original and something the audience doesn't expect.
One of the really cool elements of the film is you have the two American actresses (Ashley C. Williams and Ashlynn Yennie) and the Japanese actor (Akihiro Kitamura) who doesn't speak any English at all so they can't really understand each other. Are you going to have that kind of international dynamic with these 12 people in this new centipede?
Tom Six: No, not really that dynamic. It's going to be completely different. I can tell you that we're going to shoot in London so the whole cast will be English-speaking this time. For me, the first part, that was very necessary because the girls can't speak because they're attached to this ass, and you don't want the foreign guy to be able to communicate with the doctor, that's why I wanted to have that Japanese actor. He's also speechless too, because nobody understands what he's saying.
Will there be more of an interaction with the doctor in the Full Sequence then?
Tom Six: Well, the question is even, 'Is there going to be a doctor?' or 'Is (Dieter Laser's) Dr. Heiter going to return or not?' I still want to keep it a surprise, what happens in Part II. All I can say is they're all English-speaking people now.
I read that you are going to start filming this summer in London. I was wondering if you were planning on a late 2010 release or maybe a 2011 release?
Tom Six: Yeah, later 2010 release. That is our goal to show it at the festivals. We are going to shoot it in June this year so we hope to present it somehow at the end of 2010.