Human Centipede 2 banned by the BBFC

'Harm is likely to be caused to potential viewers'

The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) has been rejected by the British Board of Film Classification because it is “sexually violent and potentially obscene”.

The relatively rare decision has been made because the second film features “unacceptable material” throughout.

This means the DVD won't be able to be supplied legally anywhere in the UK.

Last year, The Human Centipede (First Sequence) was released, uncut, as an 18, and featured three subjects sewn together end-to-end by an insane doctor.

A report by the BBFC draws focus to two scenes, one of which features sandpaper, another of which features barbed wire, both in places of extreme discomfort.

"The first film dealt with a mad doctor who sews together three kidnapped people in order to produce the ‘human centipede’of the title," says the report, by BBFC director David Cooke.

"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 II (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 report goes on to say the sequel focuses on: “the sexual arousal of the central character at both the idea and the spectacle of the total degradation, humiliation, mutilation, torture and murder of his naked victims".

"The explicit presentation of the central character’s obsessive sexually violent fantasies is in breach of Classification Guidelines and poses a real, as opposed to a fanciful, risk that harm is likely to be caused to potential viewers."

Cook justified the ban by saying: "“It is the Board's carefully considered view that to issue a certificate to this work, even if confined to adults, would be inconsistent with the Board's Guidelines, would risk potential harm within the terms of the VRA, and would be unacceptable to the public."

Read the full report at the BBFC here - but beware it CONTAINS MASSIVE SPOILERS.

Should the BBFC decide what we see? Or is this a justifiable ban? Drop us your thoughts…

Comments

    • mcghater

      Jun 6th 2011, 17:25

      this is what torrents are for,

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    • CasualLuke

      Jun 6th 2011, 17:34

      This should really come in handy as a case study for my media exam next week! Overall I think the BBFC is right to ban certain films, especially films such as this which are obviously trying to be controversial. I just don't agree with the age certificate system, as teenagers mature at different rates, for example, deeming all 15 years old capable to handle certain content needs rethinking.

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    • chocolateleaky1

      Jun 6th 2011, 17:39

      Was there really a need to make a sequel in the first place?

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    • robotjox

      Jun 6th 2011, 18:13

      Thanks BBFC. Its 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.

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    • acuteringsting

      Jun 6th 2011, 18:17

      WTF? So the BBFC swoop in because they feel it contained 'unacceptable material' and 'harm is likely to be caused to potential viewers'? DOUBLE STANDARDS, BBFC! Where were you when we needed you for 'Pirates 2-4'?

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    • Lexie08

      Jun 6th 2011, 18:21

      In one hand, I can't believe that people put money in order to produce such a movie in the first place... But in the other hand, I don't believe that in the XXIth century and in the UK, censure still exist. I mean, as robotjox said, as long as you're 18, you can do whatever you want, including seeing creepy movies about creepy people...

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    • MrScary

      Jun 6th 2011, 18:32

      I thought the 1st film was an interesting concept, but this one sounds like c**p. But I say let them release it. If it is as bad as the article says (story-wise), then nobody will see it and the producers will take a huge loss, thus ending the franchise.

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    • DanRose

      Jun 6th 2011, 19:08

      I found the first one, although original.... slightly boring... yes there were one or two scenes which were rather memorable... but it turned into a rather hash ending....don't think the director knew where he was going with it... and I'll never know why after all that the Japanese dude just gives up! Anyways yeah ban the sequel, we'll all find it anyway and make our own minds up. Still don't understand how the BBFC works... what about A Serbian Film!? Was that banned in this country? New born porn anyone....

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    • Toursiveu

      Jun 6th 2011, 19:20

      ‎"It is the Board’s conclusion that The Human Centipede 2 poses a real, as opposed to a fanciful, risk that harm is likely to be caused to potential viewers." Can't wait to see if they're going to ban the next Twilight movie. Taylor Lautner's "acting" has that same kind of effect on me. Clearly those guys at the BBFC didn't learn any lessons from South Park : Bigger, Longer and Uncut.

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    • Toursiveu

      Jun 6th 2011, 19:20

      ‎"It is the Board’s conclusion that The Human Centipede 2 poses a real, as opposed to a fanciful, risk that harm is likely to be caused to potential viewers." Can't wait to see if they're going to ban the next Twilight movie. Taylor Lautner's "acting" has that same kind of effect on me. Clearly those guys at the BBFC didn't learn any lessons from South Park : Bigger, Longer and Uncut.

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    • DonisFun

      Jun 6th 2011, 19:46

      Why did they allow the release of 'A Serbian Film' then??? This is only going to work as publicity for the film anyway, plus there's possibly worse things on TV like Watership Down...the f*****g little furry evil b*****ds!!

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    • Hadouken76

      Jun 6th 2011, 20:05

      There are worse films out there, there should really be 'FS' ceertificate: "Warning the material you are about to see has been made by Friedberg and Seltzer, which may contain material which no-one will find funny but will result in a compulsion to gouge out own eyes or punch random kittens."

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    • asmooth

      Jun 6th 2011, 20:09

      All this will do is raise the profile of the movie and loads of people will watch it who probably wouldn't have done. Prohibition doesn't work!! When will the powers that be realise that!? idiots.

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    • MikeyRix

      Jun 6th 2011, 21:54

      Yum, a man masturbating with sandpaper round his p***s and a woman getting raped with barbed wire sounds like a BRILLIANT night out (!) Yeah, this is only gonna stir up more publicity for the film but I sure as hell wouldn't want to pay good money to see sh*t like this -_-

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    • veers

      Jun 6th 2011, 22:42

      People should consider the following part in the BBFC report: "The Obscene Publications Act prohibits the publication of works that have a tendency to deprave or corrupt a significant proportion of those likely to see them." The wording means that the BBFC have some sort of empirical data to back up that statement. A *tendency* is something that tends to happen, not something that *might* happen. Probably just a case of poor choice of words, but if there's no *actual* proof of the depraving or corrupting nature of the material, the BBFC are just People Who Think They Have the Right to Decide How The Commoners Think. Good thing I don't live in the UK...

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    • Arethosemyfeet

      Jun 6th 2011, 23:54

      BBFC's banning and the following media exposure of said banning will only assist in the viewing of this film by as many people as possible. As the first film was a torrid bag of s**te, only a select few of hardcore fans would venture to go see it. Silly BBFC, silly.

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    • writerdave87

      Jun 7th 2011, 0:28

      Sadly, banning this will make it more popular, and spawn more sequels to this load of bollocks. c**p first film, c**p sequel. Horror movies used to be good.

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    • DanRose

      Jun 7th 2011, 1:28

      @dalidab.... you may have thought A Serbian Film was s**t as you so put it... but I think that's what you're talking. I never said A Serbian Film was a masterpiece or anything else. My point was that it set the bar in terms of, how can I put this, complete f**kness. I've seen lots of so called controversial movies, including all that you mentioned. I actually enjoyed Martyrs and found it to be a deeply profound movie, which was very disturbing and films like Visitor Q, Audition, etc, etc are all nuts but A Serbian Film beats them all for sheer outrageousness I think... Also try not to patronise with the whole 'its only a movie' nonsense. We know that thanks

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    • writerdave87

      Jun 7th 2011, 1:44

      Thing is I've never been particularly scared by any film, but the older horror films actually entertained me. Most horror films now are just violence, torture, and competing levels of sick with no real plot, and I don't actually understand personally how you could find stuff like hostel or human centipede entertaining. One of my favourite recent horror movies was actually Piranha 3d because it doesn't take itself at all seriously and is actually pretty funny. The tone of the film is far more entertaining than these grubby messed up little torture flicks. Also I've just found out from these posts that 'A Serbian film' isn't banned in this country... to which I ask, wtf?

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    • QuietLife

      Jun 7th 2011, 9:14

      Personally I feel that the BBFC are becoming an outdated law-enforcement in this day and age. I agree with the comments regarding, as an adult, the freedom to view whatever you like should be present however without an effective screening process to ensure non-adults aren't exposed to these twisted, sub-human fantasies it does appear that the only way is to ban outright. I for one haven't, and don't plan to watch the first Human Centipede as I genuinely feel I wouldn't find it entertaining, scary or a masterpiece as it has been described earlier. Nor so A Serbian Film (just reading the Wikipedia plot synopsis put me off). Therefore I won't cast judgement on it. However the point of the article is surely the effectiveness of the BBFC, and until they can establish a level playing field once again they should possibly consider dissolving and pushing towards an alternative approach. Wasn't it Kubrick who was so appalled by how certain members of the UK reacted to A Clockwork Orange that he pulled its release here personally?

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    • paulus

      Jun 7th 2011, 9:35

      No film could possibly make me want to wrap barbed wire around my dick and subsequently rape the back end of a human centipede! I managed to watch 'A SERBIAN FILM' without raping any newborns or beheading sexual partners during the act. Censorship is wrong! Simple. We are supposed to live in a free society. Anyway the film is downloading as i type, I'm willing to bet my shirt that I'll be disappointed but that's not the point. Its now a matter of principle!!!

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    • KingofSpain

      Jun 7th 2011, 9:43

      @dalidab1982 - it may be a movie and not real, but you bring me on to a point I wanted to make. In the sequel, the director is suggesting that his own movie inspired a viewer to commit such depraved acts of barbarity and humiliation. Now, if the BBFC were to allow the sequel to be released, they would be admitting in a way that movies like Human Centipede can influence it's audience in a very negative way. So I really don't think they had a choice on this one. If Tom Six's first movie could cause people to mutilate their own sexual organs and commit heinous crimes, as he suggests, then imagine what acts of depravity his sequel might inspire (in his world anyway)?

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    • writerdave87

      Jun 7th 2011, 13:56

      I used hostel as a generality mate, I wouldn't insult anyone by accusing them of liking hostel without proof ;) I really didn't like any of the saw sequels I've seen (I've seen three of them, but don't know which ones they were), they were just escalating gore for gore's sake imho. I don't think the 'it's only a movie' excuse really washes in this context tbh. I genuinely believe 'A Serbian film' should have been banned; not because I think anyone's going to go out and copy it (I doubt they would), but because it's f****d up and completely inappropriate.

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    • DonisFun

      Jun 7th 2011, 17:27

      @dalidab1982, Frontier(s) was a great film, but I preferred Calvaire it's completely bizarre. I've never once wanted to watch A Serbian Film, it falls into that category of 'I feel like I will be arrested for watching this' films, a bit like Larry Clark's 'Kids' were the main lead is having sex with underaged girls and spreading HIV about......not really one to watch with the wife.....I found out.

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    • chaosdefined

      Jun 7th 2011, 17:32

      They called the first one "tasteless and disgusting" and banned the second for being more so...yet Freddy Got Fingered was on general release and Tom Green still plagues our screens on occasion...

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    • Will Waters

      Jun 8th 2011, 7:58

      I think the BBFC is right to ban this film. The film has clearly been made to be as horrific as possible in order to cause controversy and push boundaries with the Director having a hissy fit when he goes too far. I think the "it's just a movie" arguement is an extreremly poor one. Just because you know its a movie doesn't mean some 10 year old kid with rubbish parents does know it's just a movie. When kids kill and attack each other because of violent films and video games everyone is up in arms saying how it's bad censorship and bad parenting. Someone has to take some responsibility.

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    • saxonwolfcock

      Jun 10th 2011, 13:29

      I think this is actually quite a shrewd move by the BBFC. Surely they know that idiot parents consistently rent 18 rated films for minors, because they are just plain stupid or ignorant. Banning a film is not going to stop people who want to see it from watching it, it simply stops it from being released to places like Blockbuster where kids can still easily get at it. I'm pretty sure BBFC are aware of this. Therefore I don't think they should be criticised for such a move. If you want to see the film, you still can. Probably not such a good thing for the film-makers but I guess a line has to be drawn somewhere. Meh

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    • lijo118

      Jun 11th 2011, 19:57

      I think its good they banned it, it shows that they still got the balls to actually ban films. like you say when one is over 18 you can do everything you want to (pretty much) and most of us wont be affected by a film like thins but some will. after all, kids jumped off roofs with brooms thinking they could fly after the first Harry Potter films. there are a lot of crazy people out there, and it could be dangerous for them to be confronted with a film like this. I also think the most important thing is what the BBFC said about the victims in the film, that you get no connection to them, that they are nothing but things to be tortured, which is a very dangerous! Sure A Serbian Film was bad, but it showed the affect of the violence on the main character, which was a good thing!

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    • BruceShark

      Jun 13th 2011, 20:29

      The BBFC was only and will only be a set of guidelines. 'We think this is this and that is that'. In this day and age nothing is banned. Anyone with access to a computer and internet service can probably find this film and download it with a few minutes. If they had quietly given this film an 18cert it would have entered a few cinemas nationwide and then vanished without a trace. The only people who would have gone to see this are fans of the original. But now a whole lot of curious people, probably alot of those the BBFC are trying to protect, will be quickly hammering away on their keyboard looking for the torrent. In the eightes during the video nasty period who were the ones hunting and trading for the vhs of any of the banned films? Kids. Having not seen the original and the sequel i'm probably going out on a limb (but only a short one I'm guessing) in saying these films probably are a load of old c**p anyway. The BBFC have giving what is probably the best marketing campaign money can buy for this film.

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    • rebeccah8

      Jul 11th 2011, 21:10

      there is something f*****g wrong in this world today, to ban "Human Centipede2" which I am sure if you have seen "human centipede1" is laughable and was like a comedy horror to me and allow "A Serbian Film" to be viewed by people and say that "Human Centipede2" was banned because of fear of harm to the audience. "A Serbian Film is more sick and disturbing a film than any film I have seen to date and goes beyond what is morally right and wrong and I am pretty sure it has harmed allot of people who watched it, yet its not banned, absolute f*****g craziness

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    • Morituri

      Aug 9th 2011, 1:41

      A sick film made by sick individuals for sick individuals who of course complain the canot watch yet another film showing more sick ways torture people. I would like to see the director being submitted to the kind of torture his trash display. I think it's only fair.

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    • kitkatxox333

      Aug 11th 2011, 23:28

      I say that as long as there is a strict rating on it, there should be no problem. People don't realize there are actually people out there like this. The more aware you are, the better. Stop censoring everything. There was another film back in 2000 that had the same problem. Does anyone remember Cry Baby Lane? We do not need any more banned films due to complaints from people who would rather live with a blind around their eyes.

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