The Human Centipede, Circa 1928

Chris Higgins

Update: the full review is now posted. Enjoy!

On Monday I'll post my full review of The Extraordinary Catalog of Peculiar Inventions: The Curious World of the Demoulin Brothers and Their Fraternal Lodge Prank Machines (including my interview with its author, scholar-of-the-weird Julia Suits). But to whet your appetite for that review, and freak you out just a bit before Halloween, I bring you this clip illustrating one of the inventions featured in the Extraordinary Catalog: The Human Centipede. No, not that Human Centipede. This creepy thing predates the creepy thing you're thinking about by decades:

Footage of early 20th century fraternal lodge electric shock initiation device: "Human Centipede or Nightmare," probably constructed of canvas, filled with excelsior.

Creepy enough for you? Tune in Monday for more. Trust me, some of the inventions don't involve electric shocks. A few.