I think by now you all know my thoughts about THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE (if not, click here for my review). For all the hype at being the most shocking and disturbing film ever I thought the only thing it managed to do was disappoint. But the film definitely achieved a level of success, enough in fact for director Tom Six to make the sequel: THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2: FULL SEQUENCE. Six has made such bold claims like part two would make the first film “look like MY LITTLE PONY.” Six has promised a more disturbing and shocking movie with a longer human centipede. Well considering the first film was pretty bland, I think it’d be pretty easy to top.
With recent events it appears that the UK is verifying Six’s claims. THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2 has been officially rejected by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC). What does this mean? Well it means that THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2 is banned from being released in the UK. That’s right; they get to officially put “Banned in the UK” on the DVD cover!! This info comes from Empire Online and up to now the plot of HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2 has been guarded in secrecy. But the quotes below from the Empire Online article contain a lot of SPOILERS. So if you don’t wanna know any details about the sequel then just stop reading now … seriously. You’ve been warned!! From the Empire Online article:
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.
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 also seeks to avoid classifying material that may be in breach of the Obscene Publications Acts 1959 and 1964 (OPA) or any other relevant legislation. The OPA prohibits the publication of works that have a tendency to deprave or corrupt a significant proportion of those likely to see them. In order to avoid classifying potentially obscene material, the Board engages in regular discussions with the relevant enforcement agencies, including the CPS, the police, and the Ministry of Justice. It is the Board’s view that there is a genuine risk that this video work, The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence), may be considered obscene within the terms of the OPA, for the reasons given above.
I gotta give credit where credit is due and Tom Six sounds like he’s finally making the kind of film the original HUMAN CENTIPEDE should’ve been!! Let’s see just how much of what’s written above actually ends up in the final product. Now for your viewing pleasure, here’s the teaser trailer for THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2:
Yeah I know it doesn’t give too much away, but it does have Tom Six shooting off his mouth about it being the absolutely most disturbing and “sickest film ever.” At least with the BBFC giving the reasons why it banned HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2 I can actually get somewhat excited about this sequel!!
Just a couple days ago bloody-disgusting.com not only posted an article about the cast of HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2, but they listed all the actors involved in the 12-person long human centipede. And for the record, I really love how the sequel’s by-line is “100% Medically Inaccurate.” That makes me feel waaaay better!! From bloody-disgusting.com:
Ashlynn Yennie, who also starred in First Sequence, will be returning to reprise her role of “Jenny” in Tom Six’s sequel deemed “100% medically inaccurate.”
Laurence Harvey will be playing “Martin”, the new mad scientist who will assemble the 12-person centipede.
Dominic Borelli, Vivien Bridson, Lee Harris, Peter Charlton, Bill Hutchens, Dan Burman, Daniel Jude Gennis, Kandace Caine, Maddi Black, Lucas Hansen, Georgia Goodrick and Emma Lock round out the cast.
As I mentioned above, all the details of part 2 were very sketchy until the BBFC banned the film in the UK and posted many spoilers up on their website. But Tom Six, never one to back down, recently fired back at the BBFC (this comes again from Empire Online):
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.
Ironically enough the censoring of the word “fucking” was done by Tom Six himself!! I’m kinda shocked and almost find it hard to believe that some countries enjoy flexing their muscles and still ban movies from playing in said country. And don’t the idiots who make up the BBFC realize that banning a horror film is a fucking badge of honor? This will only make the demand for the film that much more in the UK, and do you really think that a few hundred copies of the film won’t find their way across the border? Come on!! I can remember when I was about 10-11 years old and going to the little corner ma & pa video rental place. I was trying to find something good, and when I came across Umberto Lenzi’s MAKE THEM DIE SLOWLY (a.k.a., CANNIBAL FEROX) with “Banned in 31 Countries” sprawled across the cover in big bold letters well my mind was instantly made up.
What do you think of the BBFC’s decision to ban THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2? Are you even excited at all about seeing the sequel?
Stay tuned for more updates on this one as they become available, and …