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The Human Centipede (First Sequence)

The Human Centipede (First Sequence) is a 2009 Dutch horror film written, directed, and co-produced by Tom Six. The film tells the story of a German surgeon who kidnaps three tourists and joins them surgically, mouth to anus, forming a "human centipede", a conjoined triplet. It stars Dieter Laser as the creator of the centipede, Dr Josef Heiter, with Ashley C. Williams, Ashlynn Yennie, and Akihiro Kitamura as his victims. According to Six, the concept of the film arose from a joke he made with friends about punishing a child molester by stitching his mouth to the anus of a "fat truck driver". Inspiration for the film also came from Nazi medical experiments carried out during World War II, such as the crimes of Josef Mengele at the Auschwitz concentration camp.

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Again, another post on twins--this one actually real. My interest was piqued after reading the Sussle paragraph about the influence of the medical experimentation during Nazi Germany on the making of The Human Centipede. Yes, The Human Centipede takes the experimentation to an extreme, but I still find the connection fascinating.

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Not quite as disturbing as the story line in the Human Centipede, but Creepy Pasta can get pretty close at times. I think it's interesting looking at the connection between the experiments performed in concentration camps in Nazi Germany (this story is obviously wildly exaggerated and fictional, but even fiction has roots in reality, right?) and the grotesque experiment forming the premise of the movie.

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