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HUMAN CENTIPEDE II (FULL SEQUENCE) banned in the UK

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
June 6th, 2011

Talk about great publicity. Well, unless you are one of the people looking forward to the upcoming sequel to cult hit, THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE, and also live in the UK.

Empire is reporting that the BBFC, British Board of Film Classification, has denied the upcoming sequel, HUMAN CENTIPEDE II (FULL SEQUENCE), in turn banning it on their shores both theatrically and on home video.

For those who may not know, THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE was helmed by director Tom Six, also behind the sequel, and followed two women who, after having car issues, meet a mad scientist who sews the pair, along with a male, together in order to make the titular entity. Hijinks ensue (kidding), and it has become something of a cult hit, the type of film that you ask your friends if they have seen or heard of, and in turn spoil because it’s too crazy to keep in.

Now, while I wasn’t actually a huge fan of the first film, I do admire the film’s audacity, and for all intents and purposes, this flick sounds to be about ten times that. Also, the idea of a governing body censoring a film is always troublesome, particularly when it comes from a portion of the world where the censorship laws are admittedly a bit more loose than here in the States.

Here’s the full explanation from the BBFC:

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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