The Human Centipede (First Sequence)

Movie • 2009 • Horror  

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During a stopover in Germany in the middle of a carefree road trip through Europe, two American girls find themselves alone at night when their car breaks down in the woods. Searching for help at a nearby villa, they are wooed into the clutches of a deranged retired surgeon who explains his mad scientific vision to his captives' utter horror. They are to be the subjects of his sick lifetime fantasy: to be the first to connect people, one to the next, and in doing so bring to life "the human centipede."
This movie contains 76 potentially triggering events.
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Your Triggers
Does the dog die?
216 supporters
Yes
65
No
2
9
Charmeter
Yes through dialogue but not on screen I suggest not watching the movie is one of the most disturbing movies ever
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Unanswered Triggers
Abandonment
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5
Yes
3
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12
2
KamiSteele
Only mentioned. A monologue towards the end has a character saying they 'left my child' while talking about their regrets in life, with no further specifics.
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Is an animal abandoned?
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Yes
2
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5
Abuse
Are there abusive parents?
33 supporters
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0
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10
Yes
0
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9
Is someone stalked?
22 supporters
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8
No
22
1
maxwellgreye
It's not stalking, but there is a scene where the main villain hunts down a girl while she is trying to escape/hide from him.
He's also very predatory towards both girls from the moment he is introduced.
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Is there domestic violence?
1 supporters
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Yes
3
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23
3
KamiSteele
Two of the centipede segments are women, who were friends from New York traveling across Europe. The one male piece is at the front, so they do not get lines after the centipede is made. Generally, the film plays with the potential anxiety of being a woman trapped with a dangerous man, which can be a trigger even before Heiter's intentions are revealed. There's also an early scene where the two women get sexually harassed by an older man as they try to ask for help with their car.
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1
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12
Yes
9
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21
4
KamiSteele
When the girls first arrive at Heiter's house, he pretends to call the car company by acting out a phone conversation. The camera shows us he is actually placing rohypnol into their drinks. Once his true nature is revealed he engages in various forms of psychological abuse and dehumanization of the centipede.
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Is someone abused with a belt?
11 supporters
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Yes
8
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0
Is a child abused?
73 supporters
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Yes
0
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27
Addiction
3
kuroshi
when meeting jenny and lindsay for the first time, dr. heiter drugs the two in order to make them parts of the human centipede.
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Is there addiction?
9 supporters
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Yes
1
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26
Yes
25
No
6
2
KamiSteele
Heiter is shown drinking a few times, but never in a way that suggests abuse. (note that Germany's culture around drinking is noticeably more relaxed.)
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Animal
Were animals harmed in the making?
75 supporters
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12
Does a horse die?
57 supporters
Yes
0
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42
3
There are no horses
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Does an animal die?
(besides a dog, cat or horse)
102 supporters
Yes
20
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20
1
IcarusTheBird
It's not on-screen but it does say how there were dogs who died
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Are animals abused?
119 supporters
Yes
53
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0
4
trickedboon
There is an image of three dogs crudely sewn together. The main antagonist also mentions the dogs, and the procedures he put them through.
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39
Yes
32
No
10
2
kuroshi
while this is never shown in the movie itself, dr. heiter explains that at one point prior to the movie's events, he had conducted a similar "centipede" experiment on his three rottweilers. it's revealed that, due to this experiment, all the dogs had died.
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Is an animal sad?
47 supporters
Yes
9
No
1
2
ZenWalker
The doctor mentions that one of the dogs attempted to escape before being turned into the centipede. No animals are actually shown in the movie except for a couple of pictures showing the dog centipede.
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Are rabbits harmed?
41 supporters
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0
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11
Does a cat die?
107 supporters
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Yes
1
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37
Does a pet die?
93 supporters
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Yes
22
No
1
Does a dragon die?
17 supporters
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Yes
0
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36
Are there spiders?
30 supporters
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30
Are there alligators/crocodiles??
3 supporters
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Yes
0
No
9
Are there snakes?
11 supporters
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Yes
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30
Are there sharks?
5 supporters
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0
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8
Are there bugs?
19 supporters
Yes
37
No
15
2
namupokemanchan
The centipede is a human, not an insect
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Assault
1
Violence against both women who are in the centipede
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Is someone drugged?
1 supporters
Yes
16
No
0
2
cisrot
The two main characters are drugged without their consent by the antagonist. The victims are also operated on without consent.
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Is there pedophilia?
70 supporters
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10
Yes
8
No
5
1
TheAnarchistAgenda
sort of, someone is trapped underneath a pool cover but does not drown
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Is rape mentioned?
46 supporters
Yes
13
No
5
3
KamiSteele
Rohypnol is used to subdue two women, and it's outright described as a 'rape drug' by Heiter.
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Is someone beaten up by a bully?
14 supporters
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0
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11
Yes
26
No
0
2
maxwellgreye
All of the victims are restrained before being sewn together, and once they are sewn together they are in a very restrictive position and struggle to move. They are also placed in a cage for a short period of time post surgery.
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KamiSteele
An early scene has the two female protagonists get sexually harassed when their car pops a tire, which prompts them to leave the car and end up at Heiter's. They are shortly after presented with drinks spiked with Rohypnol, which the antagonist outright describes as a 'rape drug'. One of the girls gets knocked out, but the other doesn't, leading to him forcefully using a syringe on her. While no one is ever actually raped, the centipede itself could be considered a form of violation with sexual undertones. It involves three unconsenting people being forced into permanently either having their mouths close to someone's anus and having to consume the waste, having someone else's mouth on their anus and having them consume your waste, or both.
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Yes
8
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0
2
KamiSteele
Yes, by the centipede's very nature. The middle and third piece are surgically connected to the anus of the person in front of them by the mouth. The trucker character is also shown with a gag in his mouth.
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KamiSteele
Not in the movie itself, but apparently one of the inspirations was a dark joke about a way to karmically punish child molesters that involves surgery and a large trucker's rear. This is somewhat referenced by the opening scene, which features Heiter abducting a trucker. The trucker, however, does not become part of the centipede. The centipede itself, consisting of one man and two women, is played for horror.
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Bodily Harm
Yes
36
No
0
0
IV gets ripped out during pool scene
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Are any hands damaged?
11 supporters
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Yes
5
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1
Are there dislocations?
5 supporters
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1
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4
Yes
7
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1
4
KamiSteele
Someone gets their throat bitten in self-defense, taking out a chunk of flesh that gets spat out (they survive this, but are clearly incapacitated). A major character dies by slitting their own throat in an act of defiance during the climax.
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1
cisrot
The characters who have their lips sewn to the anus of the character in front of them struggle to breathe. You can hear them gasping for air a lot.
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Is there decapitation?
19 supporters
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0
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9
Is there cannibalism?
26 supporters
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3
No
23
4
cocoboboco
someone bites someone else, the flesh is spat out though.
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Is someone crushed to death?
18 supporters
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0
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14
Is someone choked?
1 supporters
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Yes
8
No
1
Is someone burned alive?
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29
Is someone buried alive?
16 supporters
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0
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24
Is there body horror?
31 supporters
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31
No
0
5
KamiSteele
Three people get sewn ass-to-mouth by a crazed German doctor. That's the entire premise. It's graphic and not played for laughs. If the concept of a doctor surgically attaching three people into a connected gastric tract is enough to get you even just from the description, you may want to skip this one.
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Is there amputation?
17 supporters
Yes
7
No
20
1
donnaloveskirt
Not really, but certain small parts of the body are cut up/off and sewn together.
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Does a head get squashed?
40 supporters
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Yes
2
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26
Is there Achilles Tendon injury?
12 supporters
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Yes
8
No
4
Is there a hanging?
1 supporters
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Yes
0
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27
Does someone asphyxiate?
1 supporters
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Yes
10
No
1
Yes
45
No
0
4
dashofpuzzles
Teeth are pulled out with pliers, person is under anesthesia
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0
cisrot
The victims are all drugged and forcibly operated on.
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Does someone break a bone?
16 supporters
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Yes
25
No
3
Does someone have a seizure?
1 supporters
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Yes
0
No
27
6
namupokemanchan
Do butts count as genitals?
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Is there finger/toe mutilation?
33 supporters
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Yes
34
No
1
Is someone tortured?
59 supporters
Yes
56
No
2
19
Lexus14blacklist
Well, I guess you could say they've been through a lot of sh*t...
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Does someone fall down stairs?
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0
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13
Does someone fall to their death?
9 supporters
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0
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23
Is there eye mutilation?
65 supporters
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Yes
2
No
26
Is someone stabbed?
7 supporters
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Yes
7
No
0
Yes
37
No
3
2
Kayden632
YES. The entire movie is all gore.
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Children
Is an infant abducted?
12 supporters
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Yes
0
No
13
Does a kid die?
31 supporters
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Yes
0
No
25
Is a minor sexualized?
65 supporters
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Yes
0
No
15
Creepy Crawly
Are there bedbugs?
9 supporters
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Yes
0
No
7
Death
1
Yes, when one of the girls managed to escape yet she went back to save her friend
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Yes
10
No
0
2
TheAnarchistAgenda
almost all of the main characters die except for 1
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Does a non-human character die?
16 supporters
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Yes
2
No
9
Does someone die?
11 supporters
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Yes
10
No
0
Disability
Is the r-slur used?
1 supporters
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Yes
11
No
3
Yes
0
No
7
Drugs/Alcohol
Yes
15
No
1
1
maxwellgreye
A man is forcefully injected with an unspecified drug which kills him almost instantly.
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Family
Yes
37
No
0
1
maxwellgreye
Yes, a date-rape drug is used to sedate them in one scene and a tranquilizer dart(loaded into a shotgun) is used in another.

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Does a parent die?
11 supporters
Yes
19
No
3
4
cocoboboco
yes, but it's only shortly mentioned that this character is a parent
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Does someone cheat?
13 supporters
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Yes
0
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23
Is a child's toy destroyed?
18 supporters
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Yes
0
No
20
Does a family member die?
14 supporters
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Yes
0
No
8
Fear
Are there jumpscares?
34 supporters
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Yes
35
No
2
Is someone possessed?
1 supporters
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Yes
0
No
28
Are there ghosts?
5 supporters
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Yes
0
No
28
Are there clowns?
9 supporters
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Yes
0
No
30
Are there natural bodies of water?
0 supporters
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Yes
0
No
10
Is trypophobic content shown?
14 supporters
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Yes
0
No
9
Are there razors?
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8 supporters
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Yes
10
No
1
Is there a shower scene?
7 supporters
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Yes
0
No
26
Are there mannequins?
4 supporters
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Yes
1
No
11
Gross
Yes
32
No
1
8
hotaruin0
The guy at the head of the centipede shits himself into the mouth of the woman behind him.
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Does someone vomit?
60 supporters
Yes
53
No
0
5
dashofpuzzles
When given the drug one of the women + a cop later on in the movie start spitting up white liquid
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Is someone eaten?
20 supporters
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Yes
0
No
8
Is there on-screen pooping?
23 supporters
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Yes
15
No
0
Does someone spit?
9 supporters
Yes
39
No
3
8
dashofpuzzles
The Japanese man has to defecate and since B's mouth is sewn to A's anus..WELL.....
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Is there audio gore?
33 supporters
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Yes
30
No
0
Is there farting?
5 supporters
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Yes
13
No
0
Large-scale Violence
Are there 9/11 depictions?
4 supporters
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Yes
0
No
14
Law Enforcement
Is there copaganda?
17 supporters
Yes
2
No
22
3
maxwellgreye
Police detectives are portrayed in a positive light, though they don't succeed in rescuing the victims and both end up dying.
1 comment | Add comment
Yes
0
No
4
0
ZenWalker
They are held captive and can't leave, not in a prison though.
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LGBTQ+
Is there deadnaming or birthnaming?
1 supporters
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Yes
0
No
12
Are there transphobic slurs?
34 supporters
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Yes
0
No
10
Yes
0
No
6
Is an LGBT+ person outed?
18 supporters
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Yes
0
No
7
Is there bisexual cheating?
19 supporters
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Yes
0
No
11
Loss
Is a priceless artifact destroyed?
3 supporters
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Yes
0
No
8
Medical
Is electro-therapy used?
1 supporters
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Yes
1
No
28
Yes
49
No
0
1
maxwellgreye
The scientist injects the victims with multiple things, both to sedate and (in one instance) to kill.
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7
trickedboon
No, but the room the main antag keeps his victims in is comparable to most of the horror genre's depictions of torture rooms in mental institutions.
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Yes
37
No
0
1
TheAnarchistAgenda
yes but its not a real hospital, it's just in the scientists basement, but there are hospital beds and medical instruments
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Is there menstruation?
4 supporters
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Yes
0
No
7
Does someone have cancer?
12 supporters
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Yes
0
No
28
Mental Health
Does someone suffer from PTSD?
1 supporters
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Yes
0
No
15
2
cisrot
It is heavily implied that the antagonist is very mentally disturbed.
1 comment | Add comment
Yes
38
No
1
2
KamiSteele
One of the girls, Lindsay, attempts to escape the doctor as he begins to sedate the segments of the centipede for the surgery. Since she is attached to an IV she rips it out, with her arm profusely bleeding for the rest of the scene. Later, Katsuro, the front piece of the centipede, ends his life by slitting his throat with a piece of glass.
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Is autism misrepresented?
1 supporters
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Yes
0
No
8
Is a mentally ill person violent?
1 supporters
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Yes
18
No
2
Is there D.I.D. misrepresentation?
1 supporters
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Yes
0
No
10
1
TheAnarchistAgenda
There is a successful suicide shown on screen
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Is reality unstable or unhinged?
1 supporters
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Yes
0
No
8
Does someone have a meltdown?
1 supporters
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Yes
6
No
0
Is there misophonia?
29 supporters
Yes
21
No
0
3
Danny96
Oh lawd yes. A lot of yucky sounds. I’d recommend muting it if you really really still wanna watch it
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Is there ABA therapy?
1 supporters
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Yes
0
No
8
Is there body dysphoria?
10 supporters
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Yes
0
No
10
Yes
8
No
24
4
charcolor
There is very graphic body horror, but no body dysmorphia.
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2
averagehorrorenjoyer
someone does beg to be killed rather than becoming part of the centipede though
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Yes
25
No
0
1
maxwellgreye
All of the victims are in a panicked state for most of the movie.
1 comment | Add comment
Yes
29
No
0
0
TheAnarchistAgenda
Three people are kept in a large dog cage in multiple scenes, and there is a scene where someone is trapped underneath a pool cover breifly
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Does someone have an eating disorder?
26 supporters
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Yes
3
No
23
Is there autism specific abuse?
1 supporters
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Yes
0
No
26
5
dashofpuzzles
Someone slits their own throat with a piece of broken glass
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Noxious
Yes
8
No
0
1
Alot of screaming
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Are there underwater scenes?
5 supporters
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Yes
5
No
1
Does a baby cry?
14 supporters
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Yes
0
No
13
Is there shakey cam?
1 supporters
Add comment
Yes
21
No
0
Is there screaming?
8 supporters
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Yes
7
No
0
Is there obscene language/gestures?
5 supporters
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Yes
9
No
0
Are there flashing lights or images?
29 supporters
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Yes
1
No
20
Paranoia
Is someone watched without knowing?
1 supporters
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Yes
2
No
4
Is the fourth wall broken?
6 supporters
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Yes
0
No
11
Pregnancy
Is a baby stillborn?
17 supporters
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Yes
0
No
11
Is there childbirth?
14 supporters
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Yes
0
No
20
Are there abortions?
13 supporters
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Yes
0
No
20
Are there babies or unborn children?
12 supporters
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Yes
0
No
11
Does someone miscarry?
17 supporters
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Yes
0
No
21
Does a pregnant person die?
10 supporters
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Yes
0
No
19
Prejudice
Are there fat jokes?
34 supporters
Yes
4
No
19
2
The doctor called the girl a cow for asking for more water
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Yes
0
No
22
1
cisrot
There are no black characters in this movie. However, there is one minority (a Japanese man) who dies before anyone else.
1 comment | Add comment
Yes
17
No
4
0
h1h4des
the f slur is used
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2
KamiSteele
Undertones of Nazism. The antagonist, Dr. Heiter, is a German doctor, and he performs unethical medical experiments. Fittingly, he shares a first name with Josef Mengele, an infamous Nazi-era physician known for his cruel experiments in Auschwitz. Heiter also specialized in separating conjoined twins before his retirement, which also further connects him to Mengele. No direct anti-semitism is present, but it's worth mentioning the three components of the centipede consist of two white women from New York and a male Japanese tourist, which may further tie into Nazi theming. One of the victims also insults Heiter by calling him a Nazi, and Heiter later insults the Japanese tourist by calling him things like 'kamikaze shithole.'
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Are there "Man in a dress" jokes?
23 supporters
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Yes
0
No
13
Is there hate speech?
21 supporters
Yes
27
No
2
8
kuroshi
at one point, dr. heiter refers to katsuro as a "kamikaze shithole".
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Is a minority is misrepresented?
1 supporters
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Yes
6
No
2
Does an LGBT person die?
26 supporters
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Yes
3
No
20
Yes
1
No
16
Are there n-words?
22 supporters
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Yes
0
No
15
Is there aphobia?
1 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
8
Race
Is there blackface?
20 supporters
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Yes
0
No
6
Relationships
Is there a large age gap?
27 supporters
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Yes
0
No
10
Religious
Is religion discussed?
10 supporters
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Yes
0
No
4
Are there demons or Hell?
8 supporters
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Yes
0
No
4
Sex
Is there sexual content?
36 supporters
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Yes
26
No
4
Is someone sexually objectified?
25 supporters
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Yes
10
No
2
Yes
14
No
0
2
KamiSteele
We see butts and bared breasts, as well as Dr. Heiter skinny dipping, but these are presented for horror. The first scene has a truck driver trying to relieve himself in the woods, only to be abducted; we see his rear from a relative distance. We get a surgery montage, which includes shots of the victim's rears being operated on. The centipede has bandages covering the lower halves of the segments while leaving the top half completely exposed, but the angles aren't too gratuitous. Dr. Heiter, as mentioned, skinny dips in front of the centipede which is intended as a form of dehumanization, since Heiter sees the centipede as a pet, not a group of human beings (this detail was suggested by the actor who plays him).
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Is there bestiality?
53 supporters
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0
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9
Is there BDSM?
12 supporters
Yes
4
No
2
0
alexwrites
although it's not depicted in a sexual way, the acts of the movie bear clear resemblance to some branches of bdsm culture, and, in my opinion, were clearly made with fetish in mind. one of the character even yells at the antagonist: "this is your fetish, isn't it?"
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Does someone lose their virginity?
9 supporters
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Yes
0
No
6
Are there incestuous relationships?
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58 supporters
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Yes
0
No
20
Sexism
Yes
3
No
8
Sickness
Does someone have a stroke?
1 supporters
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Yes
0
No
10
Does someone have a chronic illness?
1 supporters
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Yes
0
No
8
Is there dementia/Alzheimer's?
1 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
8
Yes
2
No
4
2
KamiSteele
Some time after the centipede is formed, it's revealed that Jenny, the last segment, is dying of blood poisoning. We see pus from her stitches, as well as her looking pale and lethargic. The movie ends with her passing, which doesn't bode well for Lindsay, the middle piece.
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Social
Is someone homeless?
1 supporters
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Yes
0
No
10
Are there anti-abortion themes?
24 supporters
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Yes
0
No
5
Are there fat suits?
15 supporters
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Yes
0
No
7
Is existentialism debated?
5 supporters
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Yes
0
No
4
Spoiler
Yes
0
No
27
7
doesthedogdie.comfan
As long as Santa isn’t spoiled, everything else is excused!!
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Are there end credit scenes?
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kuroshi
(SPOILERS) the movie ends with lindsay being the only survivor, as dr. heiter and the detectives were shot, katsuro committed suicide, and jenny succumbed to her fatal illness. since lindsay is the centerpiece of the centipede, she is left crying, her fate unknown.
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Vehicular
Does a car crash?
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alexwrites
it doesn't crash, just bursts a tire
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Does a car honk or tires screech?
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Does a plane crash?
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Is someone hit by a car?
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Violence
Is there a nuclear explosion?
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Is there blood/gore?
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namupokemanchan
There is so much blood and gore
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Does someone drown?
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averagehorrorenjoyer
someone nearly gets trapped under one of those mechanical pool covers but ultimately does not drown
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Is there gun violence?
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