'Human Centipede' Sequel Nears U.K. Release
British censor U-turns and grants previously banned movie an 18 certificate.
LONDON – The sequel to the controversial low-budget horror film The Human Centipede I -- First Sequence will now be allowed to inch onto screens small or large here in the U.K. after the British Board of Film Classification gave it an 18 certificate.
The British censor initially banned The Human Centipede II – Full Sequence outright here saying it had “rejected the sexually violent, and potentially obscene” film.
But after months of negotiations between the filmmakers and the BBFC, the censor has agreed to issue it a certificate after cuts were made.
The cuts to the sequel, the first film in a planned horror series directed by Tom Six, allowed the BBFC to issue it with a certificate.
Sources say the cuts to the original submission are just over two minutes in total and are likely to address the BBFC’s initial concerns that there was “little attempt to portray any of the victims in the film as anything other than objects to be brutalized, degraded and mutilated for the amusement and arousal of the central character, as well as for the pleasure of the audience."
The first movie saw a mad scientist stitch together three victims face-to-bottom creating the 'human centipede' of the title.
The sequel follows a man obsessed with the first movie who sets out on his own human centipede quest.
Buyers and festival goers alike were turned away from market screenings of the controversial first film during the Cannes Marche du Film in 2010.
For that film the BBFC gave the uncut film an 18 certificate, allowing it to be shown in cinemas and eventually released on DVD.
Its trailer became a You Tube hit but failed to spark any interest at the British boxofficeBut the BBFC had banned the sequel, originally intended as a straight-to-DVD release, on the basis that it is "sexually violent and potentially obscene."
The BBFC said the sequel’s central theme 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 victim.”
Through cuts, the movie has now been given BBFC wings to find its audience on DVD at least.
With scenes of masturbation with sandpaper, defecation into mouths and barbed wire wrapped rape of the woman at the end of Centipede it was originally said no amount of cuts could render the DVD classifiable.
“The Board considered whether its concerns could be dealt with through cuts. However, given that the unacceptable content runs throughout the work, cuts are not a viable option in this case and the work is therefore refused a classification,” BBFC director David Cooke said at the time.
The BBFC plans to release full details on what has changed to allow the film to get a certificate in the coming weeks.
“Extended classificationfor this work will be available on or after 06/10/11,” the BBFC said.