BBFC bans Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)

The sequel to 2010’s ‘The Human Centipede (First Sequence)’ has been rejected for certification by the British Board of Film Classification.

BBFC Director David Cooke stated: “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 explanation continues: “The central focus of The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) is the sexual arousal of this (central) character at the idea and later the spectacle of the total degradation, humiliation, mutilation, torture, rape and murder of his naked victims. There is little attempt to portray any of the victims in the film as anything other than objects to be brutalised and degraded for the amusement and sexual arousal of the main character and for the pleasure of the viewer.”

The original film featured a mad scientist who stitched together three people mouth to anus in an attempt to create the titular centipede. This film was reluctantly passed by the BBFC, again Cooke stated, “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’.”

The sequel features a man who becomes sexually obsessed with a DVD he finds of the experiment in the first film and decides to create his own. It has been banned due to a couple of explicitly sexual, violent scenes where the main character masturbates with sandpaper and later in the film he wraps barbed wire around his penis and rapes the woman at the end of the centipede after becoming aroused by the sight of the people in the centipede being forced to defecate into each others mouths.

Tom Six, the director of both films, defended the first film at the time saying that it was “scientifically accurate”. But speaking last year about the sequel he warned that “‘The Human Centipede (First Sequence)’ will be ‘My Little Pony’ in comparison to this film.”

Lashing out to ‘Empire’ Six described the decision by the BBFC to be without cause, saying: “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.”

Since its founding in 1912 the BBFC has only ever  banned 13 other titles from cinematic release, three of which are still banned.

The ban may not be the nail in the coffin for this film as the first film only made $252,207, a tenth of its initial cost, at the box office but went on to make almost $2 million in DVD sales so far. But this relies on whether or not the sensors approve it for DVD release after they have already stated that even if cuts were to be made the scenes would still be too graphic and disturbing for cinematic release.

If you’re brave and want to read the full case put forward by the BBFC click here

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