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The Human Centipede for the Criterion crowd. In French director Georges Franju’s 1960 horror classic, a surgeon goes on a killing spree in order to find the perfect beautiful face to graft onto his daughter’s disfigured head. However, after initial success, the body rejects the new face, and the resulting effects of the experiment eventually tear all the principal characters apart — often literally. Factor in the spine tingling score by David Lean’s go-to composer Maurice Jarre and this amalgamation of The Island of Dr. Moreau and Silence of the Lambs is the Mona Lisa of French horror. Besides influencing Animal Collective, this film also inspired Billy Idol and John Woo.

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