Remember the feel good movie of last year about pooping and one doctor’s love for his dogs and rohypnol? Well, the sequel is coming, and it sure has gotten the powdered wigs of Britannia up in a bunch.
The British Board of Film Classification has rejected classification of The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence), deeming it a “sexually violent and potentially obscene” with “unacceptable material” that cannot be fixed with cuts. This essentially means that the film or DVD cannot be legally supplied anywhere in the UK. The director of this sick, Jesus hating film Tom Six has responded to the decision to Empire Online, citing that the film is a fictional piece of art and pleads that they “Give people their own choice to watch it or not.”
Speaking as a man who doesn’t believe in censorship and seeks the most deplorable, violent material that can be committed to celluloid, the banning of this film will probably be the best publicity this film will ever get. With the first Human Centipede, the word of mouth and folklore of people vomiting in the cinemas was what made me really want to test my merrit and watch it, only to be disappointed by the tameness of the actual film. However, with the spoilers and its meta plot released within the BBFC statement along with Tom Six’s promise of poop and blood being shown, I got to say they’ve got me hook line and sinker for this one. I only hope our American puritan values won’t get in the way of this being released stateside.
The full reasoning behind the BBFC’s decision is available after the jump, as well as director Tom Six’s full response is available after the jump. WARNING: The BBFC’s statement contains minor spoilers, but at the same time it contains some awesome truly F’ed up spoilers.
SPOILER ALERT: Below is a full statement of the BBFC’s rejection of Human Centipede 2. Once again, there are minor spoilers in the statement, so I went ahead and underlined the spoiler filled paragraph for you to avoid.
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 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.
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.
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.
And Tom Six’s response:
“Thank you BBFC for putting spoilers of my movie on your website and thank you for banning my film in this exceptional way. Apparently I made an horrific horror-film, but shouldn’t a good horror film be horrific? My dear people it is a f****cking MOVIE. It is all fictional. Not real. It is all make-belief. It is art. Give people their own choice to watch it or not. If people can’t handle or like my movies they just don’t watch them. If people like my movies they have to be able to see it any time, anywhere also in the UK.”