The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) banned by the BBFC

Horror film The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) has been refused a certificate by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), due to its, “graphic images of sexual violence, and mutilation.

The first film told the story of a mad doctor who kidnaps three tourists and surgically joins them together, ‘mouth-to-anus’, to create a human centipede. Noteworthy for apparently being 100% medically accurate, it was also released in the UK uncut.

The sequel focuses on a character that is fascinated by the original film after viewing it on DVD, and so he decides to create his own human centipede. Based on that synopsis, one could argue that maybe the film is a satire on those that are influenced by violent material.

While the BBFC considered the first film, “tasteless and disgusting,” their reasoning for banning the sequel was because the ‘centipede’ idea was now presented as a depraved fantasy rather than a medical experiment. The BBFC stated that, “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.

The teaser trailer shows nothing from the film itself, but instead features the director, Tom Six, sharing his thoughts and explaining how the sequel, “really will be the sickest movie of all time.” Tom Six had been trying to keep plot details of the film a secret. After Empire Magazine contacted him about the ban, he delivered the following 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.”

Distributors Bounty Films and Eureka Entertainment were intending to release the film over the summer. They now plan to appeal against the BBFC’s decision, releasing a very brief, but to the point, statement:

In the light of the decision of the BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) not to grant The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) a classification certificate, Bounty Films (Australia), in conjunction with its UK distribution partner Eureka Entertainment Ltd. intends to appeal the decision.” 

A Facebook event has also been set up to protest against the ban (you have to be registered with Facebook if you wish to see details about it). Taking place in Trafalgar Square on Saturday June 11th, it already has over 100 people attending.

Have the BBFC made the right decision in banning this, or have they gone to far?

Sources: BBFC | Empire | Twitch Film

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