really? i totally loved the first one... oh well. just proves not every movie is for every person. i actually didn't feel it was gory at all, but that was to it's credit.
on the other hand, i don't see gore like most people do, apparently. like, a boatload of movie goers thought the hostel movies were "torture porn" and "gore fests" and i found them a complete bore and far too dry to justify being gorey at all. like, i guess, being a huge fan of "dead alive" when i hear the words "gorefest" or 'super gory," that's my point of reference. and the tobe hooper TCM is the standard for "realistic gore." anything other than that failed in execution. but i do feel like centipede 1 hit that mark, of leaving enough up to the imagination to make things really uncomfortable for the viewer. and i loved dieter laser, he was super euro creepy for me. was it "henry, portrait of a serial killer?" no... but it gave me nightmares and that's a pretty high watermark for me.
i actually had a really good one several weeks after the initial wave of nightmares... most of them were just uncomfortable dreams that featured items, sets, characters, sounds, etc... but i had one a few weeks later that i was trapped in this huge factory complex that was a whole slew of docs stitching together centipedes as part of an on-demand mail order pede factory, and there was really terrifying sequence where i was running from the docs and trying to work my out of this huge complex, and i was running through all these "processing" rooms, and it occurred to me how rotten the outside world must be for there to be a pede factory and i almost considered giving up. that was really spooky and even now, some of the imagery is coming back to memory... great nightmare, cuz this stuff would make the average king novel look like a dick and jane book. i'm seriously sick in the head, and that dream messed me up.