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Just saying the phrase The Human Centipede out loud makes my stomach turn slightly. Writer-director Tom Six has poisoned those three words with his vile horror series, which basically consist of victims being experimented on by a sadistic doctor with a mouth-to-anus fascination. Fetish might be the more appropriate word.
I didn’t even know that Six was hard at work on The Human Centipede III: Final Sequence until star Eric Roberts – who deserves better – opened up to EW about the pending production and proclaimed, "It’s really horrible." Why am I not surprised? Roberts went on to explain – and really stop reading if you are eating a meal at the moment:
"We have a centipede that is made of prison inmates, and they’re all hooked together. When you see this, you will never want to commit a crime and go to prison. … If you can imagine a hot summer day, and there are hundreds of men all bent over and they consist of the human centipede."
Good luck getting that image out of your head for the next few days.
So, what do we know about The Human Centipede III? Eric Roberts will play Governor Hughes in a movie that, according to Beyond Hollywood will contain a centipede made up of 500 people. But really, it doesn’t matter if you are number 2 or number 297 in the chain. If you aren’t the lead dog, you are losing.
Six has been claiming, as is suggested by the subtitle, that this will be the final chapter in his grotesque horror "trilogy." He also said that the stars of the first two Human Centipede movies – Dieter Laser and Laurence R. Harvey – will be featured in The Human Centipede III, but will NOT be playing the same characters. Such mystery! IMDB also notes that Tom Six will play himself in the third movie, and there are supporting parts for porn sensation Bree Olson and former wrestler Tommy "Tiny" Lister. Because why not?
To be fair, I wrote off the Human Centipede series halfway through the first film. And so has the rest of the world. BoxOfficeMojo reports that the first movie made $181,467 at the box office. No, we’re not missing a number there. The sequel, The Human Centipede II: Full Sequence, somehow made less. Can the promise of a 500-person fecal chain lure huge crowds into a theater when The Human Centipede III: Final Sequence finally screens? Eh, probably not.