The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence Update: Banned in the UK, Six’s Response, & Casting News

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.

Writer-driector Tom Six

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 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

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.

Here’s the diagram … just in case!!

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 …

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12 Responses to The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence Update: Banned in the UK, Six’s Response, & Casting News

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  2. taz says:

    we should decide whether or not to watch it, and which makes me more curious, banning it has made the public more interested in this movie/project and made us more aware of it. For example why make a roller coaster based on saw and little 7-10 year olds visiting the park isnt that going to make them aware of the saw films?? How hippocritical is that. BBFC are daft to make that move and people will either get it illegally via the net or purchase or watch it abroad, Tom six has done a great job i liked HC1 and I desperatly wanna see HC2, But its a film im not going to stich up animals or birds together in my spare time im much more intelligent than that. WHY DIDNT BBFC BAN A SERBIAN FILM where all those rape scenes and involving kids and babies was so realistic, and makes you think that oh gosh does that really happen in serbia?? The public are unstoppable. If we stop buying dvds and get it from downloadable sources perhaps we could see bbfc out of a job!!!!!

    • Well said Taz!! It’s helling ridiculous that governments still have organizations that care about such trifle things like banning movies. Maybe the BBFC will expand it’s scope and start organizing book burnings next!! It’s so stupid because they are dealing with basic psychology here (like you mention): Tell a child they can’t say the word “shit” and you’ll find they can’t STOP saying “shit”. All the BBFC did was give greater exposure to HC2 … it’ll probably be the most (illegally) downloaded film of the year (which I’m against; even though I didn’t care for HC1, the filmmakers deserve a payday for it). At least there’s an organization that looks dumber than the MPAA and FCC in America!! LOL

  3. tiera says:

    well i still want to watch it regarless of the twatty bbfc’s decision to ban it in fact all its made me do is want to see it more i dont care if i have to go abroad to watch it 🙂 tom six you should be proud cause you have finaly managed to do what so many couldnt that is to create something that the bbfc deems as to horrifying for us to watch …… i watched the first one and cringed all the way through but then the next day couldnt remember what made me cringe as its not like you really saw anything i dont agree with anyone who does what hc2 shows in real life but its a film people need to remember that it is just acting and it is not real …. i will find a way to watch it just to see what the big fuss is a bout its not like other films dont show similar things so i dont see whats got the bbfc in a shit about this one i dread to think how tom six will top it if he ever decides to do a 3rd film lol

    • And that pretty much sums it up Tiera … banning a movie isn’t gonna prevent anyone from not seeing it. When kids are told they can’t climb that tree because it’s too dangerous or say a word because it’s naughty …. they find a friggin way to climb that tree and say the naughty word. It’s pretty goddamn pathetic that with all the shit going on in the world that the UK government finds it important/necessary to ban a goddamn film!! What year it this???

  4. Dr. J acob says:

    I like horror movies, I love fulhci and Romero and must say that I have a pretty strong stomach when it comes to over the top gore but I do not want to watch this disturbing film. Personally speaking I could not care less whether this film is banned or not banned since I would not watch it anyway. However saying that because of the internet and torrent sites the ban is meaningless for if people want to watch it then all they have to do is download it. All the BBFC is doing is denying mr Six monetary gain from releasing this film in the uk.

    • And that, Dr. J acob, makes what the BBFC doing even more repulsive (and in my opinion, illegal)!! Like you said, anyone in the UK who wants to watch HC2 bad enough will indeed see HC2. Some lame ass British censoring douchebags aren’t gonna prevent that.

      I’m actually going against my nature and am being very optimistic about part 2. I’m hoping part 2 is the disturbing, gross, disgusting film that 1 should’ve been!!

  5. Shockfrock says:

    I have 2 responses to this;
    The left side of my brain goes,”This is terrible! Art should not be censored & people in a democratic society who are consenting adults should be free to watch whatever they want,as long as the film does not involve a criminal act e.g.involving abuse of minors or a snuff film.”
    The right side of my brain goes,”Eh.It’s a film about a loony who sews a bunch of people arse to mouth together & then tortures them so he can beat off .We can live without this one.”
    Right side’s winning,I’m afraid.

    • I think, ShockFrock, that both sides of your brain can work together on this one. In a free society, consenting adults should absolutely be allowed to watch whatever the hell they want (as long as the content isn’t actually physically harming anyone). And in the same sense, a shitty movie is still a shitty movie, and if HC2 is anything like HC1, well then we got ourselves a shitty flick.

      But it’s my goddamn right to watch shitty movies if I wanna!!! Hell; that means the SyFy channel would be shut down!!

  6. Deggsy says:

    This could end up a marketing master stroke. Cinema ticket sales in the UK have dropped significantly in recent years, eclipsed by DVD sales, and the release of Centipede 2 on DVD, in an Unrated Edition arriving in a wave of publicity, will probably make more money for Mr Six than what would surely be a very limited cinema release. Of course I still oppose censorship (and if the BBFC focused more on the absurdism of the storyline, the sexual violence would be seen in a less threatening context.
    As for watching the sequel itself, I quite like the metanarrative aspect of it (how will he top it with his proposed third movie, I wonder?). Oh, and there should be boobs, too. … You listening, Mr Six?

    • I’m pretty sure, Deggsy, that HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2 won’t even get a DVD release in the UK. That sucker in banned!! But I totally agree that by the UK banning it they just increased the sale of it on other countries a 100-fold!!

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