One might bristle at the notion that all influence is a negative thing. After all, every piece of art stands as a criticism, a commentary on the art that came prior to it. Literary critic Harold Flower described this as the Anxiety of Influence. 6 appears to be criticizing something far more specific. He is targeting a media landscape filled with reboots, regurgitations, and re-visitation. More youthful generations are constantly being dictated to. Hey, kids. You understand what we liked? “Ghostbusters.” Here’s a brand brand-new “Ghostbusters” that is 100% for us and not for you, but you better consume it anyway. We’re recycling every concept and every visual cue, and we’re making use of the image of a dead star. Take pleasure in!
Tom 6 merely used a revolting metaphor. A severe political cartoon. Oh God, is “The Human Centipede 2” … essential?
And, just as “Star Wars” when pertained to affect real American war activities– Ronald Reagan’s fantastical spacebound Strategic Defense Initiative was nicknamed “Star Wars”– so too would “The Human Centipede” come to notify American institutions.
The most revolting of the series, “The Human Centipede 3 (Final Series)” pulled back another layer of truth, and saw Dieter Laser and Laurence R. Harvey playing prison wardens in a universe where the first two films are both but movies. The characters in “(Last Series)” are monsters. They abuse and mutilate the detainees in their care, all under a waving star-spangled banner.