Tuesday, December 27, 2011

A Legitimate Question About Human Centipede

Haven’t seen it. Don’t intend to. I mean, I saw Salo and decided that I wouldn’t ever watch a movie just to be grossed out. (Grossed-out and dazzled by top-notch choreography? That’s a different story.) But I have a genuine question about this movie that I can’t think of a simple way to Google, so I’m posting it here in hopes that someone with the answer will come to me: Why does the doctor who sews all the people together think that makes them a centipede? Like, why isn’t it, oh, Human Millipede or Human Caterpillar or whatever? Is there something about centipede anatomy I don’t get? About their digestive anatomy in particular?

Are centipedes, like, made of butts and mouths?


  1. Wasn't the movie originally made in German? Maybe the German name doesn't exactly mean "centipede."

  2. Dutch apparently. But I have no idea if it's even subtitled. I refuse to watch even the trailer, apparently. But as near as I have seen, it's never been called anything other than Human Centipede, in English.

  3. Because a human millipede would be considerably longer?

  4. Anonymous10:49 PM

    Because it looks more like a centipede than a millipede? Go on Wikipedia and look at the promotional poster.