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The Human Centipede 2 banned in the UK; details revealed!

06.06.2011by: Eric Walkuski

The British Board of Film Classification has refused to grant THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE II (FULL SEQUENCE) a rating, which basically means it cannot be legally supplied in the UK. hence, for all intents and purposes, the film has now been banned in the UK and won't be able to find distribution there. (Take into consideration that the first film, and even A SERBIAN FILM, received "18 certificates".)

With this surprising news comes an idea of what the film is about, as the BBFC said the film's plot 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.

Whoa! Whoa on so many levels. (Who knew that it took place in a world where the first film is just that: a film?)

There's more: 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 considered whether its concerns could be dealt with through cuts. However, given that the unacceptable content runs throughout the work, cuts are not a viable option in this case and the work is therefore refused a classification.”

There you have it; not much else to say, is there? Just have to wonder now when this flick will see the light of day. In Britain, in any event. IFC still holds the US rights to the film.

What's clear is that director Tom Six kept the promise he made soon after the first film's release: He's made a movie more depraved, more disgusting and, presumably, more controversial.

Extra Tidbit: Do the plot's details, and the BBFC's ruling, make you more or less interested in THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE II?
Source: BBFC

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11:47PM on 06/08/2011
watch the southpark episode that rips on human centipede.. so good! [link]

...a sequel doesnt interest me..theres about 100000 other films id rather waste my time on.
watch the southpark episode that rips on human centipede.. so good! [link]

...a sequel doesnt interest me..theres about 100000 other films id rather waste my time on.
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8:40PM on 06/07/2011
Who doesn't beat off with sandpaper? Makes your wood smooth!!!
Who doesn't beat off with sandpaper? Makes your wood smooth!!!
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6:19PM on 06/06/2011

Stop this shite...

Stuff like this makes people dumb and deaf to onscreen and real life violence. Portraying characters as nothing more than victims to be multilated and tortured over and over is not just wrong on many levels it bares any redeemable factor to be sucked into the story, the characters and the way of making movies work!
Stuff like this makes people dumb and deaf to onscreen and real life violence. Portraying characters as nothing more than victims to be multilated and tortured over and over is not just wrong on many levels it bares any redeemable factor to be sucked into the story, the characters and the way of making movies work!
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5:09PM on 06/06/2011

YES!

this makes me want to see it even more, can't wait... is there something wrong with me?...
this makes me want to see it even more, can't wait... is there something wrong with me?...
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4:42PM on 06/06/2011
Umm...guys, this is the horror genre? This is where no taboo is left unturned, and nothing is considered too graphic. You think this is shocking? Good. That means Tom Six is doing his job as a horror director to elicit such emotions. And this is just a synopsis, who knows, there could be some artistic merit to be found. Reading the plot of Salo: 120 Days of Sodom one would expect the same, but if everybody's so focused on the "unfathomable" acts nobody can see past it to the social commentary
Umm...guys, this is the horror genre? This is where no taboo is left unturned, and nothing is considered too graphic. You think this is shocking? Good. That means Tom Six is doing his job as a horror director to elicit such emotions. And this is just a synopsis, who knows, there could be some artistic merit to be found. Reading the plot of Salo: 120 Days of Sodom one would expect the same, but if everybody's so focused on the "unfathomable" acts nobody can see past it to the social commentary most of us can relate to. This is movie magic, where the unspeakable is spoken, the undreamed of is brought to reality, and nightmares are born.
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6:26PM on 06/06/2011
I don´t think the horror genre was meant to break any given taboo. It´s just a way to entertain people after all. And some images don´t have to be shown and some stories don´t have to be told for that purpose! I can get behind sickening movie if there´s a agenda behind it (like "Men behind the sun" or "Salo"). But coming up with sickening acts of violence just for the fun of it? Nah!
I don´t think the horror genre was meant to break any given taboo. It´s just a way to entertain people after all. And some images don´t have to be shown and some stories don´t have to be told for that purpose! I can get behind sickening movie if there´s a agenda behind it (like "Men behind the sun" or "Salo"). But coming up with sickening acts of violence just for the fun of it? Nah!
7:06PM on 06/06/2011
The difference is that Salo's Pasolini is a filmmaker making a statement about the corruption of absolute power. Tom Sixx is a talentless hack trying to gain notoriety for himself by being as gross as possible. Big difference.
The difference is that Salo's Pasolini is a filmmaker making a statement about the corruption of absolute power. Tom Sixx is a talentless hack trying to gain notoriety for himself by being as gross as possible. Big difference.
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3:17PM on 06/06/2011
There is a difference between shocking audiences by being fucked up, and completely grossing out audiences by being so fucked up. This just sounds like an exploitative disgusting and fucked up porno. And he said he has an idea for a third one thats even worse... psh. This guy needs help. The first one was one thing... but this...
There is a difference between shocking audiences by being fucked up, and completely grossing out audiences by being so fucked up. This just sounds like an exploitative disgusting and fucked up porno. And he said he has an idea for a third one thats even worse... psh. This guy needs help. The first one was one thing... but this...
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2:28PM on 06/06/2011
HUMAN CENTIPEEEEED
HUMAN CENTIPEEEEED
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2:21PM on 06/06/2011

Less.........

I haven't seen the first, not even out of curiosity and reading the above makes me even less interested to catch either.
While I don't particularly mind graphic violence or sex in movies, mixing the two can - if you pardon the pun - leave a bad taste. I've seen the uncut Serbian Film and while i think technically it was a good film in the sense i understood it's point and the certain merits of what story it was trying to tell and the acting was alright, personally i didnt like the film and to
I haven't seen the first, not even out of curiosity and reading the above makes me even less interested to catch either.
While I don't particularly mind graphic violence or sex in movies, mixing the two can - if you pardon the pun - leave a bad taste. I've seen the uncut Serbian Film and while i think technically it was a good film in the sense i understood it's point and the certain merits of what story it was trying to tell and the acting was alright, personally i didnt like the film and to a certain degree wish I'd never seen it as i'll never unsee those things. Not my thing i'm afraid.
My limits to graphic sex, violence and gore in movies are along the lines of Friday 13th, or if the movie is telling a true or dramatic story soemthing like Monster(there's better examples but i'm going off top of my head) etc.... a completely different type of experience.
That said I'm unsure about the above ban. I get where the BBFC are coming from and think they are right to speak out on their concerns of the movie but I've never been a fan of such censorship and believe the choice should firmly lie with the viewer with what they want to watch as long as they are aware the extent of what they are about to watch.
I do completely agree with MonsterZeroNJ's comments though, filmakers like Sam Raimi, Wes Craven and Tobe Hooper (again top of my head)were daring in pushing the boundaries back in the days of "video nasties" in the 80's and we need film makers like those. But this seems to just be trying to get a shock and reaction for the sake of it rather than trying for any kind of artistic or even just entertainment merit.
All said and done i have no judgement on anyone who wishes to see it. As I've said its your choice.
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2:16PM on 06/06/2011
the theatre up the street from me will be showing it on a double bill with bambi. can't wait.
the theatre up the street from me will be showing it on a double bill with bambi. can't wait.
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2:01PM on 06/06/2011
No interest in seeing something that sounds like it has no value what so ever. This sounds like absolute garbage. Who the fuck is this guy that he would make a movie about this??
No interest in seeing something that sounds like it has no value what so ever. This sounds like absolute garbage. Who the fuck is this guy that he would make a movie about this??
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1:50PM on 06/06/2011
Ughhh...alright we get it. Enough.

Piling shit on top of more shit does not translate into a good movie.
Ughhh...alright we get it. Enough.

Piling shit on top of more shit does not translate into a good movie.
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1:18PM on 06/06/2011
I thought the first one was overrated but, this just sounds like vulgar,torture porn crap. There is a fine line between daring and garbage and this pole vaults well into the garbage zone. Gross and depraved for shock value sake and that's it.This guy Tom Six is the new Uwe Boll in my book.
I thought the first one was overrated but, this just sounds like vulgar,torture porn crap. There is a fine line between daring and garbage and this pole vaults well into the garbage zone. Gross and depraved for shock value sake and that's it.This guy Tom Six is the new Uwe Boll in my book.
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