I will admit there was one scene in the sequel that crossed the line even by my extremely loose standards. I do hear what you're saying. And yes, I think in 30 years this WILL be considered harmless, just like parents who freaked about Ozzy in the 80s or Marilyn Manson in the 90s didn't realize time would date them and make them seem foolish and fundamentally harmless, and make the parents look a bit hysterical for being so concerned. Just as we can see Ozzy as kind of cartoonish, so are these movies, believe me. Not that they aren't cruel, but the filmmakers' tongues are firmly placed in their cheeks. Not that I'm trying to talk anyone into watching them or anything, but those who do will see there's definitely a lot of nodding and winking going on.To be clear, I'm not saying people who watch this stuff are necessarily sick. I see a place in the world for disturbing, upsetting imagery as a means of confronting -- in an "it's only a movie" way -- the kind of horrors that exist in the real world. Some folks are more willing to do that than others. It just sounds to me like the whole thing is so gruesome as to be basically intolerable (especially some of the stuff in the 2nd film, from the sound of it). If you get your kicks this way, go for it. I mean, fortunately, it only IS a movie, but I dunno. From the sound of it, this series has a quality of...hmm....cruelty to it that I don't find in a lot of other horror films.
And to be honest, a lot of my enjoyment of horror nowadays is more the delightfully cheesy horror of the 80s. But hey, who knows. In 30 years, maybe folks will look back on the Human Centipede series and laugh at how awful the f/x are or whatever.
I think turning a blind eye to horror can be a form of cruelty, in that denying horrible things gives them power, and that not facing horror is denying yourself an opportunity to grow stronger, which invites further cruelty. But that's obviously a value judgment, bordering on forum-forbidden religious convo, and beyond the scope of this movie--besides, as interesting as that all is to me, I don't want to give the impression that I'm taking this TOO seriously. The whole "poop in the mouth" thing gives me an adolescent, Beavis and Butthead rebellious little thrill of subversive glee :lolAfter reading the comments,I'm thankfull the link didn't open because it's rated 18+.
Desensitising oneself in order to adapt to or survive the horrors of this world seems to me like reversed evolution and is actually closer to sadism than sanity,and sadism isn't healthy for anyone.It's like a bad adrenaline rush that will result in perpetually redefining the boundries of what is acceptable until you yourself don't know anymore.
If anything,this world needs more compassion than cruelty.