SIX ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY (SEC)
Writer/director Tom Six (1973) started his career in television, being one of the pioneer directors for the original and highly successful reality TV show BIG BROTHER in the Netherlands. As directing consultant he was responsible for the start of BIG BROTHER shows in the U.S., Germany, Denmark, Norway and South Africa. In 2002, together with his sister, a former law student and producer Ilona Six (1979), they established the independent film production company SIX ENTERTAINMENT, later renamed SIX ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY.
In 2003 SEC produced the first Dutch gay feature film GAY IN AMSTERDAM. The film stars many Dutch celebrities and caused a lot of controversy when it was released in 2004 in major Dutch theaters. GAY IN AMSTERDAM has been sold to the USA.
In 2006 SEC produced the feature film HONEYZ for a teenage audience entirely filmed in the famous Amsterdam luxurious department store, the Bijenkorf. It was only the second film worldwide to be simultaneously released in theaters, on DVD, Pay TV, internet and on a mobile phone in the Benelux on April 28th 2007.
In 2007 SEC produced the cult feature film I LOVE DRIES. Besides famous singer Dries Roelvink many other Dutch singers played supporting parts. As a novelty the film was released in a number of famous restaurants/hotels of Van der Valk in September 2008. SEC is planning a US remake.
In 2009 SEC produced their first international English language film THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE (FIRST SEQUENCE) and since its release it has become a worldwide cultural phenomenon. The film has been discussed on US shows including the primetime Emmy Awards, Funny or die, South Park, Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock, Howard Stern, Eli Roth, Quentin Tarantino,Metallica, guitarist Kirk Hammett, MTV Awards, Tosh-0, CNN, Comedy Central, Family guy, Beavis and butthead, Conan O'Brian etc. It was the first film in movie history that received no stars from Roger Ebert because "it was in a place where the stars don't shine".The film led to thousands of internet spoofs, cat toys, tattoos, Halloween costumes etc. In the US THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE (FIRST SEQUENCE) was one of IFC Midnight's biggest on-demand successes of all time, and continuously sold out midnight screenings nationwide. It won more than 10 international awards including the awards for "Best Horror Film" and "Best Actor" at Fantastic Fest 2009, "Best Picture" at the 2009 Scream Fest and "Most Memorable Mutilation" at the 2010 Scream Awards. The film has been sold worldwide.
In 2010 SEC produced THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE II (FULL SEQUENCE). Highly anticipated it world premiered in 2011 as the opening film at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas and made instant worldwide headlines when the BBFC banned the film outright in the UK claiming the film could potentially harm viewers. The controversy let to worldwide debates and major articles in the Guardian and The New York Times. Author Bret Easton Ellis described it as "the grossest movie ever made" via twitter. Recently the film was pulled from Australian cinemas and banned under pressure from religious activists. Later to be allowed back in the cinemas after cutting of the film. The film has been sold world wide.
THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE films broke the mould, set a new standard in the horror genre and went on to become major cult hits.
Currently SEC is in production on THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE III (FINAL SEQUENCE) completing the planned trilogy. SEC is also carefully negotiating THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE book deals, comic book deals and merchandising rights and is in the development stage for their newest controversial horror-film THE ONANIA CLUB.