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The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) UK distributors respond to BBFC banning

Jun. 14, 2011by: Alex DiVincenzo

By now, you're probably well aware of  the controversy surrounding THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE II (FULL SEQUENCE), but just in case you're not, let me catch you up to speed. Earlier this month, the British Board of Film Classification refused a rating for the film, essentially banning it while also spoiling some major moments of the movie.

Writer/director Tom Six already chimed in with some choice words for the BBFC last week, and now the film's production company, Bounty Films, and its UK distribution partner, Eureka Entertainment, have responded to the banning. In a press release, which you can read below, they revealed that they will appeal the decision.

Within the last week, the BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) announced that it had rejected and was unable to classify for release on DVD, THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE II (FULL SEQUENCE).

Bounty Films, and its UK distribution partner Eureka Entertainment Ltd., are disappointed by the decision of the BBFC to deny the film a classification certificate. While both companies respect the authority of the board, we strongly disagree with their decision.

In support of their decision, the BBFC issued a press release that gave an unprecedented level of detail regarding certain scenes contained within the film. Whilst it appears customary for the BBFC to issue press releases in support of its decision making, the level of detail provided therein does seem inconsistent with previous releases where the statements have been more concise. We are concerned this may be prejudicial to our forthcoming appeal.

THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE II (FULL SEQUENCE) is adult entertainment for fans of horror films. If a film of this nature does not seek to push boundaries, to challenge people and their value systems or to shock, then it is not horror. The subject matter of this film is in line with not only the genre, but other challenging entertainment choices for adult consumers.

We respect those who have different opinions about both the film and the genre, and whose opinions may differ to our own, but we hope that the opinions of the adults for whom this product is intended will also be considered. The adult consumers who would watch this film fully understand that it is fictional entertainment and nothing more.

Classifying and rating product allows the public to make an informed choice about the art and media they wish to consume. Censoring or preventing the public from obtaining material that has not been proven to be harmful or obscene, is indefensible in principle and is often counterproductive in practice. Through their chosen course of action, the BBFC have ensured that the awareness of this film is now greater than it would otherwise have been.

Having taken advice on these matters, and in accordance with BBFC guidelines, we will be submitting our appeal to the Video Appeals Committee in due course.

The sequel to THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE stars Ashlynn Yennie, Laurence Harvey, Dominic Borelli, Vivien Bridson, Lee Harris, Peter Charlton, Bill Hutchens, Dan Burman, Daniel Jude Gennis, Kandace Caine, Maddi Black, Lucas Hansen, Georgina Goodrick and Emma Lock.

Extra Tidbit: Nice to see the folks behind the films taking the high rode instead of talking trash - but do you think they can win the appeal?
Source: Twitch

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3:16PM on 06/26/2012
Well it'sbeen relleased now in all of it's uncensored glory. Both films are fantastic horror works and I can't wait for part 3!
Well it'sbeen relleased now in all of it's uncensored glory. Both films are fantastic horror works and I can't wait for part 3!
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8:34AM on 06/15/2011
The modern BBFC today is actually relatively sensible. But sadly, they have to cover their backs in case they're accused of being too lenient. Our scumbag tabloids are quite happy to attack horror films because it's a cheap and easy way to fill their shitty pages, and scumbag politians are happy to jump on a bandwagon. This unholy alliance of scumbags managed to bring about the "video nasty" fiasco in the '80s, a witch-hunt that probably had Joseph McCarthy masturbating in his grave with joy.
The modern BBFC today is actually relatively sensible. But sadly, they have to cover their backs in case they're accused of being too lenient. Our scumbag tabloids are quite happy to attack horror films because it's a cheap and easy way to fill their shitty pages, and scumbag politians are happy to jump on a bandwagon. This unholy alliance of scumbags managed to bring about the "video nasty" fiasco in the '80s, a witch-hunt that probably had Joseph McCarthy masturbating in his grave with joy. To avoid a similar ridiculous overreaction, occasionally the BBFC has to be seen to be banning or cutting movies. I'm just glad that in this case they've chosen a fairly shitty movie.
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8:08AM on 06/14/2011
the first one was...excuse the pun ..crap
the first one was...excuse the pun ..crap
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7:37AM on 06/14/2011
I doubt if they could win the appeal. Yet, this incident will surely boost their dvds/blu rays sale with all the buzz.
I doubt if they could win the appeal. Yet, this incident will surely boost their dvds/blu rays sale with all the buzz.
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1:32PM on 06/14/2011
Can't they just release it as unrated? That's pretty common here in the States.
Can't they just release it as unrated? That's pretty common here in the States.
9:43PM on 06/14/2011
I don't know about that too. If the movie is fully banned, I don't think they can even release it as Unrated. However, lots of BBFC-banned movies in the past have now been released on home video market.
I don't know about that too. If the movie is fully banned, I don't think they can even release it as Unrated. However, lots of BBFC-banned movies in the past have now been released on home video market.
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