The New York Times
With The Human Centipede II: Full Sequence making its debut at this year’s Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, all eyes are on director Tom Six to see if indeed his film can live up to all of the controversy surrounding it. Recently Six spoke with The New York Times about the upcoming film.
“I don’t have any problem with [the term ‘torture porn’] because I actually like the term,” Six tells the NY Times. “I see porno films, of course, and I like them; I have no problem with that at all. And there have been so many horror films, and that’s all torture and misery. That’s the genre. I kind of like that they combine it. I think my film is a torture porn with European art sauce or something.”
“I made ‘Part I’ very much psychological. A lot of things happen in your head, and you don’t actually see it on the screen,” he explains. “In ‘Part II’ I really wanted to make it more graphic, show everything that I didn’t show in ‘Part I.’ Because I see so many horror films that have a sequel, then the sequel fails because it’s like a copy of the first one. Most of the time it’s not better, or it’s not original, and then it fails. When I was doing promotion for ‘Part I’ and starting to write ‘Part II,’ so many people at festivals all over the world, they said, ‘What if some maniac out there tries to copy your idea?’ And then I knew that’s exactly the idea I must pursue.”
In terms of casting the new villain …
“The villain was more difficult [to cast] because people who’ve seen ‘Part I’ really admire Dr. Heiter, and that’s what I really didn’t want. I want the complete opposite of Dr. Heiter. I had this very specific character in my mind for the Martin character, and I saw a lot of people but none of them made it. And when Laurence came in, I thought, ‘My God, that’s him, that’s him.’ He looks amazing. And then I asked him to rape a chair.”
Six continues, “I wanted to see, is he capable of giving it all as an actor? That’s very important for me. And he did it, and he did it so convincingly and he had no shame whatsoever. And I thought, ‘That’s it, that’s the guy.'”
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