If I can merit Tom Six with at least one thing, it will be that I admire his ambition to try new things with sequels. Even amidst Human Centipede 3’s politically offensive backdrop and failure to seize any comedic potential it actually creates, I do give Six credit at trying to drastically alter the theme from one movie to the next. From its torture-porn beginning, through a full-blown application of a sequel, and to its meta-satire finale, he did his best to change it up. Having said all that, Human Centipede 3: Final Sequence is just plain awful, from beginning to end (of the centipede).
To its credit, Final Sequence has a lot of comedic potential in its own meta-verse. For one, the story posits that the first two films exist only as films, with each of the previous villains once again playing the lead roles. All of the collective narrative devices point to Six’s argument that, despite whatever lines he’s attempting to cross, the Human Centipede movies are just movies. Anyone who gets offended by their ludicrous plots may be taking themselves too seriously.
The problem is that none of this is very funny. Harvey and Olson both have a grasp on the demure required to produce the darkest of laughs from such a twisted scenario, but Laser never finds the right balance of pace, stoicism, and mania to make Bill Boss even remotely watchable. Instead, he screams every line with a slow awkwardness, chewing up the scenery as much in his mouth until it’s cold and flavorless.
Even worse is that the actual payoff is served as a footnote of the entire film, appearing only in the last fifteen minutes of the almost two-hour debacle. It would be one thing to go full-swing into the 500-person centipede and deliver the torture-porn element if one were to make it this far into the film, but in fact our reward is a brazen look from afar before someone utters the eye rolling line “We’re gonna need a much bigger surgical team”. And when considering Human Centipede 3: Final Sequence I’m gonna need a much bigger drink to help forget this travesty.