IFC Films announced today that it has acquired North American rights to the horror film "The Human Centipede (First Sequence)."
Written and directed by Tom Six, the film premiered at Fantastic Fest in 2009, receiving the top prize for Best Horror Film and Best Actor for Dieter Laser, who stars as stars as an obsessed doctor who surgically joins his unsuspecting victims together. "Centipede" also received Best Picture at the 2009 Scream Fest. In addition to Laser, the film stars Ashley C. Williams, Ashlynn Yennie, Akihiro Kitamura, and the film was produced by Tom Six and Ilona Six.
IFC Films is releasing "Centipede" in 2010 via its IFC in Theaters platform which brings independent movies to on demand viewers at home the same day they premiere in theaters. The deal for the film was negotiated by IFC Films' Jeff Deutchman & Arianna Bocco with Ilona Six.
"I can't remember when I have been as excited and had as much fun being horrified and repulsed while watching a movie," Jonathan Sehring, President of IFC Entertainment said in a statement. "Echoing back to the early works of David Cronenberg, 'The Human Centipede" is a landmark work in the horror genre, taking the "mad doctor" conceit and perversely twisting it into a mind-boggling roller coaster ride. Everyone at IFC is excited to introduce such a unique talent as Tom Six to American audiences and it's a perfect film for our theatrical and VOD platforms."