Horror movie The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence has been effectively banned from British shores after the BBFC deemed it “unacceptable material”.
The film was submitted for classification but was found to be “sexually violent” and “potentially obscene”.
The original film, directed by Tom Six, saw a mad scientist stitch together victims from ‘mouth to anus’ creating the ‘human centipede’ of the title.
Speaking about the first film, BBFC director David 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’.”
“This new work, The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence), tells the story of a man who becomes sexually obsessed with a DVD recording of the first film and who imagines putting the ‘centipede’ idea into practice.”
The BBFC‘s statement went on to cite examples which – reader be warned – contain especially unpleasant scenarios.
“Examples of… (the sexual arousal by torture) include a scene early in the film in which (the central character) 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 a sight of the man wrapping barbed wire around his penis and raping the woman at the rear of the ‘centipede’.”
The film makers have six weeks to appeal the decision.
The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) was not submitted to the BBFC for cinema release.
If you think you have the stomach to read more, you can at the BBFC website.
The original Human Centipede film was released in April 2010. It was widely referenced online, with the trailer receiving over 10 million views on YouTube.
However, the film itself was a financial flop at the cinema, with worldwide takings of $252,207 – a tenth of what it cost to make. However, the film was a hit on DVD. As of March 2011, DVD sales have totalled $1,809,298.