Last Tuesday Jeff talked in class about morality to manipulate audience’s thought and experience, both in propaganda and horror films and also lectured about how should we understand the creation of the work in this Thursday. In my opinion, morality in propaganda has quite clear purpose such as convincing customers to buy or trust in product. But in horror and obscene film, some of it I cannot understand creator’s intention like what they try to communicate, propose, or just try to create “fear” experience? I mostly appreciate the horror films that have mixed plot with other genre, like horror-drama, and horror-scifi such as Alien, because it’s easier to see meanings and values in this kind of work, for example the art of Alien. But last week, I watched one film and totally confused about director’s intention to create this film. It is Human Centipede. Here is a synopsis of the story for anyone who have not seen it before.
Two pretty but ditsy American girls are on a road trip through Europe. In Germany, they end up alone at night with a broken car in the woods. They search for help and find an isolated villa. The next day, they awaken to find themselves trapped in a terrifying makeshift basement hospital along with a Japanese man. An older German man identifies himself as a retired surgeon specialized in separating Siamese twins. However, his three “patients” are not about to be separated but joined together in a horrific operation. He plans to be the first person to connect people via their gastric systems. By doing so, he plans to bring to life his sick lifetime fantasy, the human centipede. – Written by Producer Ilona Six
So basically it is psycho-obscene film with attractive and unique plot. When I watched this movie, the experience I got was disgusted, excited, and frightened, but I cannot perceive any value from it except how they create this unique and interesting “human centipede” plot. So what do you think about this film? Does it just express human wild instinct? or anything more than this?