Human Centipede II Refused U.K. Classification


Remember The Human Centipede? Well, its sequel isn’t going to come to theaters in the U.K.

Director Tom Six has made no secret of his plans for a sequel to his controversial film The Human Centipede, much to the dread of the vast majority of moviegoers, not to mention critics. Six has claimed in interviews that the first movie will be “My Little Pony compared with part two.” Apparently Mr. Six wasn’t kidding: The sequel is so graphic that it’s been refused classification in the United Kingdom.

The first film was, according to those who saw it, a staggeringly grotesque movie that was based on the concept of an insane surgeon who sews three people together, mouth to anus. While the movie didn’t feature a lot of on-screen gore, the concepts it presented certainly made a lot of people queasy. However, the folks over at the British Board of Film Classification decided that the movie was too extreme to qualify for even an 18 Certificate (the highest rating a film can get over there). By refusing to assign a rating, this prevents the movie from appearing in theaters without written permission from an area’s local council.

According to the BBFC, the film was denied a rating because there’s, “little attempt to portray any of the victims in the film as anything other than objects to be brutalised.”

Unsurprisingly, “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.”

If you were looking forward to the sequel, I’m totally judging you right now, based on this plot synopsis from Wikipedia:

The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) tells the story of a man who becomes sexually obsessed with a DVD recording of the first film in the series, The Human Centipede, masturbating to the first film, using sandpaper to pleasure himself. He decides to create a “human centipede” of his own, which he uses to his own sexual delight, taking sexual pleasure in watching victims of the centipede defecate in each other’s mouths and raping the woman at the end of the centipede.

Let’s be honest, it’s not surprising that this movie was refused classification for the above reasons. When you have a film that’s been made with the express purpose of making something like The Human Centipede look like a Saturday morning cartoon, it’s probably going to get banned in a number of countries. That said, I’m not sure I’m totally on board with the government engaging in borderline-censorship of a film simply because it finds the movie’s content too objectionable …

Source: Den of Geek

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