Misha Segal; Hollywood Composer

What comes to mind when I bring up The Human Centipede film series?

This, perhaps?



Maybe you are a twisted individual like myself (pleased to meet you) and you not only watched The Human Centipede (First Sequence), but you watched it more than once. And you liked it. Truly, few movie quotes are as absurdly hilarious as “feed her!”. Oh, that Dr. Hieter is certainly a different breed, isn’t he? Naturally, after finding the grotesque imagination of Tom Six to be strangely wonderful, you were excited to see The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)  where you were treated to this :



Yup, I found the second film did exactly what it had promised; upped the ante in every single way. If it is gross, controversial or just in really poor taste, it was in this movie. Baby killed by a brake pedal, anyone? Or maybe it was the stapling of one person’s mouth to another’s anus. Whatever really gets your goat, you found it here.

One can only begin to imagine what writer and director Tom Six has in store for us with The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence). One thing we do know, there will be a 500 person human centipede. The mind reels.


So, behind all of these gruesome deaths and truly disgusting images, there is something that helps set the tone for all of this; the movie’s score. A movie score is such an integral, and yet, often overlooked piece of your movie experience. Full disclosure; I was a proud band geek for eight years. So, at times, I believe this is why I might be paying a bit more attention to the music in a movie than the next person. However, every single person watching a movie is affected by the film score, whether they are actively paying attention to it or not. This is where Misha Segal comes in.

Born in 1953 in Haifa, Israel,  Misha Segal was weaned on jazz and began to pursue music after his military service.  He studied with composers Paul Ben-Haim, Noam Sheriff and apprenticed under Dieter Schohnbach. After studying composition and conducting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, Segal graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass.

Fellow horror fans, you may be familiar with Segal’s work in the 1989 version of The Phantom of the Opera. Composer of music to a wide variety of film and television genres, he has an Emmy Award and a Brit Award under his belt.


I don’t know about you, but the idea of watching a Tom Six film about a human centipede and writing the appropriate music for it, is a simply fascinating idea. Surely, it is one thing to write a love them and a completely different thing to write a theme for unthinkable horror. I am a wee bit giddy at the prospect of hearing what Mr. Segal has brought to the table with The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence).

Special thanks to Donna Hauber for the heads up on this delightful piece of movie and music information.  You can follow her on Twitter @DonnaHauber