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The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence Officially Banned in the UK

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Well now. It sounds as if director Tom Six’s claim that The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence would make the first one “look like My Little Pony” is holding A LOT of water in the UK where it has been officially rejected by the BBFC (British Board of Film Classification), thereby banning it from being released there.

The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence Officially Banned in the UKThe news comes via Empire Online, and we have it for you below. Be warned though … There are A LOT of spoilers concerning the film, which up until now has been shrouded in secrecy, so if you do not want anything spoiled, just move along and click back to the homepage. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

As per Empire Online:

“The first film dealt with a mad doctor who sews together three kidnapped people in order to produce the ‘human centipede’ of the title. Although the concept of the film was undoubtedly tasteless and disgusting it was a relatively traditional and conventional horror film and the Board concluded that it was not in breach of our Guidelines at ’18’.

This new work, The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence), tells the story of a man who becomes sexually obsessed with a DVD recording of the first film and who imagines putting the ‘centipede’ idea into practice. Unlike the first film, the sequel presents graphic images of sexual violence, forced defecation, and mutilation, and the viewer is invited to witness events from the perspective of the protagonist. Whereas in the first film the ‘centipede’ idea is presented as a revolting medical experiment, with the focus on whether the victims will be able to escape, this sequel presents the ‘centipede’ idea as the object of the protagonist’s depraved sexual fantasy.

The principal focus of The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) is the sexual arousal of the central character at both the idea and the spectacle of the total degradation, humiliation, mutilation, torture, and murder of his naked victims. Examples of this include a scene early in the film in which he masturbates whilst he watches a DVD of the original Human Centipede film, with sandpaper wrapped around his penis, and a sequence later in the film in which he becomes aroused at the sight of the members of the ‘centipede’ being forced to defecate into one another’s mouths, culminating in sight of the man wrapping barbed wire around his penis and raping the woman at the rear of the ‘centipede’. There is little attempt to portray any of the victims in the film as anything other than objects to be brutalised, degraded and mutilated for the amusement and arousal of the central character, as well as for the pleasure of the audience. There is a strong focus throughout on the link between sexual arousal and sexual violence and a clear association between pain, perversity and sexual pleasure. It is the Board’s conclusion that the explicit presentation of the central character’s obsessive sexually violent fantasies is in breach of its Classification Guidelines and poses a real, as opposed to a fanciful, risk that harm is likely to be caused to potential viewers.

David Cooke, Director of the BBFC said: “It is the Board’s carefully considered view that to issue a certificate to this work, even if confined to adults, would be inconsistent with the Board’s Guidelines, would risk potential harm within the terms of the VRA, and would be unacceptable to the public.

“The Board also seeks to avoid classifying material that may be in breach of the Obscene Publications Acts 1959 and 1964 (OPA) or any other relevant legislation. The OPA prohibits the publication of works that have a tendency to deprave or corrupt a significant proportion of those likely to see them. In order to avoid classifying potentially obscene material, the Board engages in regular discussions with the relevant enforcement agencies, including the CPS, the police, and the Ministry of Justice. It is the Board’s view that there is a genuine risk that this video work, The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence), may be considered obscene within the terms of the OPA, for the reasons given above.”


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10 Comments

  1. Masturbating while having sandpaper wrapped around his penis?? That kinda makes me cringe a bit – guy thing I guess, but I ‘enjoyed’ the first film & am really looking forward to this one – as long as it isn’t banned here in Australia!!

    • Not me. Unless the description is off somewhat, this is totally the type of movie I have NO interest in seeing. Extreme depravity and the like don’t equate to an enjoyable movie-watching experience for me. There’s enough of that going on in the real world without paying to see it acted out on film.

      • I think we don’t get enough depravity but we do get far too much teen angst and childish romance wearing the trappings of a horror film.

        If Tom 6 wants to test some boundries I’m going to be cheering him on. This is fiction.

        I become disgusted when real life serial killers are sensationalized and turned into media heroes. That’s the only aspect of the horror genre I find distasteful and I don’t even think it’s horror… just the wrong kind of exploitation flick.

        • Nah, we’ve had quite alot of depravity this past decade with the whole torture porn stuff.

          I liked the first one but this just sounds extreme for the sake of it. Kinda like Murder Set Pieces.

          Still I’m sure there’s going to be an outrage with the UK horror fans, ever since the Conservitives got back into power there’s been a fear of heavy censorship like there was during the 80’s.

          • I don’t buy it. Please list all of the ‘depraved’ movies I’ve been missing because as far as I can tell intense, disturbing horror is a rare bird.

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