“The rules are simple, just pick your favorite horror film for each day! However, you can’t pick the same horror film more [than] once. So once you pick say THE EXORCIST for your favorite horror film involving the powers of Hell, you can’t [pick] it again for any other day [whatsoever,] including favorite horror film.”

Source: Dollar Bin Horror

Day 24 – Horror film in which you prefer the edited version over the director’s cut
New Topic: A horror film that you find overrated
Film: The Human Centipede (First Sequence) (2009) – dir. Tom Six

If this were an actual contest with prizes and judges, I would be disqualified today.  Thankfully this is just for fun.  The reason I had to come up with a new theme for today was because I literally had no movies that I’ve enjoyed the director’s cut less than the edited version.  If I were able to open this up past the horror genre, I would still have a difficult time filling in a response.  So I’ve decided to swap it out with something I have been wanting to touch on for a while: an overrated horror film.

The Human Centipede is most likely a victim of hype, but either way, whenever I read an overly positive review of this garbage, I cringe.  This movie is nothing more than a lesbian fetish film with no meaning, which is fine for a horror film, but it doesn’t make it better than mediocre.  What bugs me is seeing reviews that claim the film is “a movie that assaults your soul and leaves you changed. Or maybe the best way to put it is that The Human Centipede is a movie that leaves you scarred”.  That is but one example of critics that insist the movie is the most disturbing thing ever created.  It isn’t.  Not at all.  I argue that I Spit On Your Grave is harder to sit through (mostly because of the rape sequences) than this Tom Six production.  There was one moment in the film that truly disgusted me (regarding the digestive system), but other than that, the film failed to impress.  The acting was standard horror fare, the story was shallow, and the gross-out factor never reached the levels it had been hyped up to.  You want to watch a movie that can “leave you scarred”?  Try Header.

Branden Chowen
Editor-in-Chief at Cinefessions

Branden has been a film fan since he was young, roaming the halls of Blockbuster Video, trying to find the grossest, scariest looking VHS covers to rent and watch alone in the basement. It wasn’t until recently, though, that Branden started seeking out the classics of cinema, and began to develop his true passion for the art form. Branden approaches each film with the unique perspective of having studied the art from the inside, having both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in acting. He has been a film critic since 2010, and has previously written for Inside Pulse Movies, We Love Cult, and Diehard Gamefan. His biggest achievement as a film critic, to date, has been founding Cinefessions and turning it from a personal blog to a true film website, housing hundreds of film and television reviews, and dozens of podcasts.