Following the outrageous reaction to 2010’s controversial Dutch horror film ‘’The Human Centipede (First Sequence)’’, it has been announced that a sequel planned for release later this year will not be shown in UK cinemas, due to a ban placed on the film by the British Board of Film Classification.
The BBFC have refused classification for ‘’The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)’’ after determining it to be ‘’sexually violent and potentially obscene’’. This now means that the film will not be available for distribution and supplying the DVD will be illegal In the United Kingdom. The remarkable decision is bound to have terrible consequences regarding the films finance and profit at the box office.
Director Tom Six reacted furiously to the news, releasing a statement in which he fumed: ‘’My dear people it is a f***ing 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. ‘’
The original film of the series was heavily criticised for its extreme nature, with noted film critic Roger Ebert going as far as to declare it ‘’a film deliberately intended to inspire incredulity, nausea and hopefully outrage.’’
The story follows two female American tourists as they stumble upon the home of maniac scientist Dr. Laiter who then subjects the girls and another Japanese tourist to a horrifying and bizarre surgical experiment in order to create ''the human centipede''.
When we asked regular film goers what they made of the BBFC's decision, Journalism student and avid Horror film fan Padraig Mongey had this to say: ''While I believe the reaction to the film is justified as it is quite disgusting, I believe you cannot shield people from the film as it is impeding on human rights. People should be allowed to choose to view the film or not.''
Whatever the outcome for ''The Human Centipede II'', it seems probable that this rare decision may result in further censoring by the BBFC and could have a significant effect upon the film world in future.
''The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)'' is due for release in the US on 7 October, 2011.