Tom Six is bubbly and friendly when talking about “The Human Centipede” films. This is perhaps not what you’d expect of someone who’s now made three films about its vomit-y set-up, in which people are surgically connected, butt to mouth. And bubbly and friendly are definitely not qualities seen in the series’ alleged final outing, “The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence)” which recasts original star Dieter Laser as a demonic prison warden looking to connect all 500 of his inmates into one massive ’pede. The reviews have been more outraged than with the last two films, though that’s how the Danish director likes it.
You’ve been talking about this all day. What kind of responses have you been getting?
Everything. Part Three is very politically incorrect. A lot of people are very offended by my work. Some people expect more gore, and I’m not out to outdo myself in gore. This time I took another approach, and people are really offended by it, sometimes.
What do people tend to be most upset by?
The racism part, and the swearing words. It’s very funny. I come from Europe, and I’ve been in America, and yesterday I said “s—” on the radio. It was a big thing. S—, it’s poop — it’s a funny word. When I say those things or write them down [back home], it’s very normal for us. But here it’s controversial to say those things.
This film is set and was shot in America. Did you view it as a critique?
Not so much as a critique, because I absolutely love America — the culture, everything. I just wanted to go out with a bang. I wanted to go huge, over-the-top, XXL-style. That was really American. I wanted to shoot it in a big Hollywood way. The only thing is the bad guy wins at the end, which never happens in America. I absolutely love that.
Dieter Laser's character here is a very different character than the mad scientist he plays in the first. He’s a bad guy with absolutely no redeeming values.
I wanted to create along with Dieter a completely opposite character than the first one, who is restrained, very intelligent and knows exactly what he’s saying and doing. This time I wanted to have an absolutely racist asshole. At the same time he’s very impotent, because he’s a sleazeball. We had so much fun creating this character. He’s so loud and he swears all the time. He’s really an asshole.
He’s always so over-the-top. Did you have to rein Laser in at all?
Not at all. He’s so delicate and he knows exactly when he has to stop or go further. I never had to tell him he was doing too much or something. He knows exactly what he’s doing. I enjoy watching him so much. We are a match made in hell.
This third film is more overtly comedic than the others.
I see all my “Human Centipede”s as pitch-black comedies. I don’t really see them as horror films. A lot of people they see the comedy in it. Part Two is the least comical. It’s very dark and miserable. To lighten things up I wanted to go out with a pitch-black comedy, as a contrast to Part Two.