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The Davids: Masters of Cerebral Horror

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The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence – Banned in the UK

The British Board of Film Classification has refused to certify The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) for public distribution on DVD, citing “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.” Full report from the BBFC:

The BBFC has rejected the sexually violent, and potentially obscene DVD, The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) This means that it cannot be legally supplied anywhere in the UK. The decision was taken by the Director, David Cooke and the Presidential Team of Sir Quentin Thomas, Alison Hastings and Gerard Lemos.

The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) is a sequel to the film The Human Centipede (First Sequence), which was classified ‘18’ uncut for cinema and DVD release by the BBFC in 2010. 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.

Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence Trailer

The director of The Human Centipede has hit back at the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) for banning the film’s sequel in the UK. The BBFC refused to classify Dutch film-maker Tom Six’s followup to last year’s horror, about a scientist who grafts together kidnap victims mouth to anus, saying the film posed a “genuine risk” to viewers and could fall foul of obscenity laws. Six accused the BBFC of posting spoilers of his new film by revealing plot details in the course of explaining its decision. Six defended the film’s artistic worth and said people ought to be able to make their own decision about whether or not to see it. “Apparently, I made an horrific horror film, but shouldn’t a good horror film be horrific?” Six wrote. “My dear people it is a f**king [sic] MOVIE. It is all fictional. Not real. It is all make-belief [sic]. 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.” Six also questioned the practical efficacy of the BBFC’s ban: “If people like my movies they have to be able to see it any time, anywhere also in the UK.”

It sounds like complete rubbish… ‘Artistic worth… Plot details and spoilers’ Tom Six needs another angle if he really wants to fight this ban. Fight it from a freedom-of-speech angle, or just anti-censorship but not as a fight for his ‘art’. After seeing his first movie I thought he was a guy who may do some interesting work, apparently not so. If the reports are correct he’s just trying to offend… Boring.