Centipede II Banned: Was The BBFC Right?
Yesterday the BBFC announced its involvement in the marketing of Tom Six’s latest voyage into the grotesque: Human Centipede II (Full Sequence).
The film is a follow up to last year’s infamous Human Centipede (First Sequence), which revolved around a ‘mad doctor’ who grew tired of separating Siamese twins and instead decided to start metaphorically sewing them back together. Only he didn’t really understand the idea of a metaphor and ended up sewing his dogs together ‘mouth to anus’. When his beloved ‘three-dog’ died he went a little (more) crazy and expanded his idea using some tourists wandering the woods around his isolated home.
The BBFC decided ‘first sequence’ received neither the fame nor acclaim it deserved, so when they heard of Six’s follow up they jumped at the chance to promote it. In a statement released yesterday they announced just why Full Sequence was worthy of such special attention:
“Although the concept of the film [First Sequence] was undoubtedly tasteless and disgusting it was a relatively traditional and conventional horror film…
“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.”
The BBFC even went on to describe – in explicit detail – some scenes they were particularly impressed by:
“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’.”
Unfortunately Six doesn’t agree with BBFC’s approach to marketing, and issued a statement about their meddling to Total Film today:
“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 fucking 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.”
Here are a few reactions from around the internet about the BBFC’s 11th banning in its 99 year history, see if you can guess what sites they were posted on:
1. “I don’t know how they gave the first one a rating. I saw a clip, was nearly ill just seeing that. If I had known the title when I saw the clip, I would haven’t [Sic] even looked at the clip. It seemed to be very twisted, and somethings [Sic] just shouldn’t be made, and anyone who had something to do with the story and for film making needs to be checked into a mental hospital!!! We really don’t need this kind of stuff out there!!!”
2. “Thanks BBFC. It seems I am responsible enough to drive a car, raise children and live as a functioning member of society as long as you guys can choose what I get to watch. I am going to make it my mission to find this film and show it to as many people as possible.”
3. “I wish I had read this before I went and bought my 7 year old nephew the Human Centipede on DVD. I thought it was an update of the kids classic The Hungry Caterpillar.”
1. Highest rated comment on the Daily Mail
2. Total Film
3. The Guardian
It’s interesting that last year the BBFC saw fit so pass (a heavily cut version of) A Serbian film, which featured rape, ‘newborn porn’, and beheadings among other things. Yet they banned The Human Centipede II on the basis that it ‘poses a real risk to cinemagoers’ and the fact that it ‘seems to be wallowing in the spectacle of sadism (including sexual sadism) for its own sake’.