The Human Centipede Movies in Order: How Many Are There?

It’s been a little over ten years since the controversial Dutch horror trilogy entered the cinema world; needless to say, the reception of The Human Centipede was mixed. This revolting classic is belonging to the body horror genre and is enough to make just anyone feel queasy.

While some critics thought the movie did a great job of horrifying the audience with explicit violence, others weren’t so keen on it. So, what made this movie stand out so much? One of the trilogy’s most important aspects is that it brings a whole new notion of mental fear and body horror. It explores possible, but sickening situations, that are worse than outright death. Let’s dive right into what makes these movies so repulsive and bizarre, with a little note of caution; the content in this article might be triggering for some.

How Many The Human Centipede Movies Are There?

In total, there are three The Human Centipede movies. Although the creator of the trilogy, Tom Six, stated that another The Human Centipede movie will probably never happen, he did express an interest in making a spin-off with a similar concept.

The Human Centipede Movies in Order

Here are The Human Centipede movies in order of release:

  1. The Human Centipede (First Sequence) (2009)
  2. The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)
  3. The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence)

The list probably won’t be extended any time soon, according to the creator Tom Six. But, he did mention a potential spin-off movie – so, who knows? Keep on reading if you’re wondering about the best way to watch these petrifying movies, and if they are even connected.

What Is the Best Way to Watch The Human Centipede Movies?

The best way to watch The Human Centipede is in order of release. Despite the fact that it is not necessary to watch the first movie in order to understand the sequels, we suggest that the movies be watched by the release date. Here’s why:

According to fans on Reddit, the first two movies are worth watching, while the third one is “a weird, self-indulgent train wreck that thinks it’s a comedy for some reason”. If you’re new to the trilogy, you might be put off by the repulsive scenario, and the explicitly bizarre atmosphere that the movie seems to be saturated with. The best way to ease up into the trilogy would be by starting with the first movie. If you end up liking it, you will be able to decide whether you’re ready for another sequel. And, if you aren’t – you won’t have to put up with the third installment’s “middle school level jokes” and oddly disgusting scenes.

“The first two [movies] are meant to be what they are, they are uncomfortable, disturbing, and memorable. The third one was terrible, not in a good way.”

-a fan on Reddit

The Human Centipede Movies in Order of Release

The Human Centipede (First Sequence) (2009)

IMDb rating: 4.4/10

A truly mad and devious scientist kidnaps and mutilates a trio of tourists in order to reassemble them into a human centipede…which he does by stitching their mouths to each others’ rectums. Honestly, could it get worse?

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The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) (2011)

IMDb rating: 3.8/10

Inspired by the fictional Dr. Heiter, a loner named Martin sets out to realize his sickening fantasy – to create a 12-person centipede.

The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence) (2015)

IMDb rating: 2.8/10

Have you noticed that this installment has the worst rating so far? The plot follows a warden of a troubled prison, who, after taking inspiration from The Human Centipede films, sets out to create a 500-person human centipede.

Are The Human Centipede Movies Based on a True Story?

The Human Centipede is partially based on true stories. The creator of the trilogy, Tom Six, took inspiration from horrid real-life experiments conducted on Concentration Camp prisoners, in World War II. Precisely, he focused on the diabolical experiments of Dr. Josef Mengele, a German Nazi doctor, and war criminal.

The vile experiments were based on participation in tests that mostly ended in heavy body disfigurement, permanent disability, trauma, and even death. The tests also included nerve and muscle transplants on prisoners – all without the use of anesthesia. New surgical procedures and sterilization were also tried on the unwilling victims.

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This kind of medical torture was also done upon twins, where twins would forcibly be sewn together. If one twin died in the process, the other one would always be killed. These are the kind of experiments featured in the film; the victims of multiple nationalities are mutilated and reassembled together by an evil doctor Josef Heiter.

Twin victims of the Nazi pseudo-scientific experiments. You can read more about it here.

Six also threw in the concept of copycat serial killers, which is evident in the sequel, where a mentally challenged man becomes obsessed with the first film and tries to recreate it.

Are The Human Centipede Movies Connected?

The Human Centipede movies are loosely connected. All three movies are a part of the same series, and they are based on the same concept of sewing people together. But, every movie also works as a standalone movie, and it is not necessary to watch all of them in order to understand the plot.

Will There Be More The Human Centipede Movies?

It is yet unknown whether there will be more The Human Centipede movies or not. We can only speculate, as the official creator never really confirmed it, though he did imply there is a chance he might do the fourth installment someday. Still, it is highly unlikely he will.

“If I had to make a fourth one, which I might do in 20 years from now, who knows, it will be about connecting all starving Africans on the African continent done by a charity organization, to solve the hunger problem. Or about aliens connecting the whole human race!”

-Tom Six in an interview with Bloody Disgusting

Where to Watch The Human Centipede Movies?

The Human Centipede movies are available online on streaming sites such as Google Play, Amazon, iTunes, Roku Channel, and Apple TV. Even though the third installment generally faced poor reception, The Human Centipede movies might be worth watching – at least because of how bad they are.

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