The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) (2015)
Prison governor Bill Boss (Dieter Laser) has a problem. His jail is beset by riots, spiraling costs and high staff turnover, but worse than that the state governor (Eric Roberts) is on his back in an election year. Naturally it does not help that Boss is a deranged sadistic psycho with a taste for mutilation, castration, cannibalism and humiliating sex with his scantily clad secretary (former porn star Bree Olson), but none of his novel ideas about punishment do anything to bring the inmates back into line.
Fortunately Boss’s accountant, Dwight (Laurence R Harvey) has a bright idea about how to cut costs and restore discipline. He’s just watched Human Centipede 1 & 2, and before long prison surgeon Dr Jones (Clayton Rohner) has his needle and thread out stitching all 500 inmates mouth to arse in a scheme that has the potential to change the US penal system for good.
OK I realise that once you get beyond the pretty disgusting basic premise behind The Human Centipede, what you have left is supposed to be a gross out comedy, but the big problem I had with the film was that I just didn’t find it that funny. German actor Laser (a veteran in different roles in the first two films of the trilogy) goes all out to play Boss as mash-up of a sadistic Nazi concentration camp commandant and southern fried flag loving psycho; Harvey (a veteran of the second film in the sequence, again in a different role) does as well as he can as the sycophantic accountant and Roberts is beautifully slimy as the career politician, but I didn’t find much to laugh at in the script that just tries too hard to be revoltingly gross at the expense of any real humour.
Gross out comedy with plenty of gross, but too few laughs I give The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) a 222/666
DVD, Blu-ray and VOD 13 July