For those of you that don’t know, I came to write for DiC after DivaJulia asked me to do a review of ‘The Human Centipede‘. I have almost completely blocked it from my mind, but now here is the sequel, and even before it premieres it has already been banned in the UK. The British Board of Film Classification has refused to give ‘The Human Centipede Part 2: Full Sequence’ a rating, which means it’s distribution in the UK is illegal. Here is the official ruling from the BBFC, which contains SPOILERS for the movie:
“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.”
Folks, if gets worse from there, and trust me, you’ll be glad I saved you from the rest of plot. The rest of the ruling concludes with,
“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.”
So that’s that. Director Tom Six made a statement to Empire after being emailed about his response to the BBFC’s ruling.
“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.”
Somebody’s mad! Chances are you won’t be seeing ‘The Human Centipede 2‘ in the United Kingdom anytime soon. At least not legally.
[Editor’s Note: Oh, Brittani! I love how The Human Centipede was the catalyst for your becoming a Contributing Writer for Dipped In Cream! I gotta say, this new film sounds NARST. We both watched the first one, and thanks to Daniel Tosh and his hilarious “Spoiler”, it became a bit of a “comedy”. (Not to mention a fan-girl fascination with the German actor Deiter Laser who played Dr. Heiter!) As far as Tom Six and his “Full Sequence”, I say nothankyouverymuch. ~ DivaJulia]