|1st September 2019
Has the cultural contribution of Tom Six's movies added up to more than the sum of the parts?
article from gizmodo.co.uk
The Human Centipede 3: Is it the worst film ever made?
See article from bbc.co.uk
|10th May 2015
The BBC recommends Human Centipede III...
See article from bbc.co.uk
|5th March 2014 |
Check out the first image from Human Centipede 3.
See article from insidemovies.ew.com
|5th March |
Tom Six announces the Final Sequence with Dieter Laser (mad surgeon Dr Joseph Heiter) and Laurence R.
Harvey (Martin), inevitably claiming that it will make Full Sequence look like a Disney film.
See article from empireonline.com
|14th February |
Director's Cut released on US DVD and Blu-ray
Thanks to DoddleBug
See trailer from
The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) is a 2011 Netherlands/UK horror by Tom Six. With Laurence R Harvey and Ashlynn Yennie. See IMDb . US: The
Director's Cut is uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
UK & Australia availability
UK & Australia: The Uncut Version is now available online for:
UK: Passed 18 after 2:37s of BBFC cuts for:
|6th January |
Human Centipede 2
See article from sydneycatholic.org by
George Pell, Archbishop of Sydney
Human Centipede 2 is available uncut for:
Bounty Rental Streaming [UK+Australia only]
at Bounty Films
Bounty Download to Own [UK+Australia only]
at Bounty Films
The Human Centipede II (full sequence) has recently been sent back to the Film Classification Review Board after its original R18+ classification was
disputed. In this case it seems that technical skill (I'm not sure acting comes into it) has not just been squandered, but misdirected into something that brings no light to anyone, only darkness.
A good film can be a source of
wonder, and not just because of the special effects. When a good director and team bring the technical marvels together with the essential elements of good acting and a good script, some very special films can result. The talents of many people are
needed to bring this about, as ever-lengthening lists of credits show.
Not every film can be special and the relentless demand for product in our consumer society inevitably effects quality. All the same, it is sometimes a
cause of regret when I think of the talent that is squandered in making a mediocre film, to say nothing of a really bad one, like The Human Centipede II.
The film was initially banned in Britain, a rare occurrence, but was
subsequently released after cuts were made. These featured what the British Board of Film Classification described as scenes of sexual and sexualised violence, sadistic violence and humiliation , as well as a scene of a child presented in an
abusive and violent context .
The description of the deleted scenes does not make easy reading. They included graphic sight of a man's teeth being removed with a hammer; graphic sight of lips being stapled to naked
buttocks; graphic sight of forced defecation into and around other people's mouths , a woman being raped with barbed wire; and a newborn baby being killed.
The plot, such as it is, focuses strongly on the link between
sexual arousal and sexual violence and a clear association between pain, perversity and sexual pleasure . Not the sort of film you'd hope your neighbour watches.
The review of its classification in Australia came after an
application from the federal Minister for Justice, Brendan O'Connor. On 28 November the review board announced a unanimous decision to refuse the film classification, meaning it cannot be sold or shown in Australia.
Congratulations to the board and the minister on this outcome. Predictably, a few on the margins are bleating about
censorship . But most Australians will see the decision as a win for common decency and common sense.
|14th December |
The Australian ban on Human Centipede 2 was inspired by the earlier BBFC ban. It has now been
resubmitted after cuts
14th December 2011. See
article from theage.com.au
by David Marr President of Watch on Censorship.
The brief life of Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) began in Australia at a midnight screening at the Brisbane Film Festival in early November and ended three weeks later.
The film's distributor, Neil Foley of Monster Films, says: We
played to a couple of hundred people in Brisbane over a couple of screenings; 500 or so people in Perth; something similar in Melbourne; and then in Sydney another 150 or 200. He puts the total audience in those weeks at less than 1500.
story on Fairfax websites alerted the film's adversaries to its existence in late August. Monster Films was doing itself no good by reminding everyone of the scathing commentary of the BBFC and stamping its trailer with the slogan Banned in Britain.
Unleashed in Australia .
Christian lobbyists following the usual game plan sought an attorney-general willing to demand the film's review.
The NSW Attorney-General Greg Smith was the ideal choice. Smith is well connected with nutter
causes. For instance he assured the Herald newspaper that his chief of staff, Damien Tudehope, played no role in the banning of the horror film. Tudehope just happens to sit on the advisory board of arch nutters. FamilyVoice Australia.
the Herald he decided to seek its review in October:
because of the decision taken by the British Board of Film Classification to refuse classification of the movie. In addition, the synopsis of the movie depicted
scenes of extreme sexual violence.
Human Centipede 2 distributor Foley argues gamely:
What these people are responding to is not the film. They are responding to our hype around the film. It is us
telling the world this is the most disgusting film ever made. In actual fact it's just another movie.
The banning of Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) exposes a strange rift among censors. Twice this year a horror movie has been
passed by the Classification Board and then banned on appeal by the Review Board.
We can no longer trust in the framework and the guidelines, says Peter Campbell of Accent Films who submitted A Serbian Film . He says cuts were made
to the film in collaboration with the Classification Board so it could be screened in Australia. Even so, it was banned. Campbell says: It's getting out of hand.
A fresh cut of Human Centipede 2 has now been examined by the
Classification Board. Gone, we are told, are the penis wrapped in barbed wire, close-ups of the rape and the newborn baby squashed to death under the accelerator pedal. Foley will learn the board's verdict next week.
...Read the full
Update: Cuts made
14th December 2011. See
article from canberratimes.com.au
Human Centipede 2 will be allowed back on screens this week after the distributors cut 30 seconds from it.
The amended version will screen at the National Film and Sound Archive's ARC Cinema on Friday night, as originally
The Australian distributor, Monster Pictures, had to submit a cut version for reclassification - to the same body that had originally allowed it.
Monster Pictures manager Neil Foley said while he was delighted with the decision,
it highlighted the problems of the film classification system in Australia. He said the distributors had been faced with an absurd situation whereby they were told they had to recut the film, but were not given specifics of the complaints made
against it. He said the film had received its original classification in the spirit of what extreme horror movies are about and who they're aimed at:
The Australian Government Classification Board are doing this every
day of the week and they're very versed in film in general, as far as the time and place. They understand the context of the genre, they understand the genre and they see something like Human Centipede and they know where it fits in. They can see that
there's probably nothing in this film that makes it obscene.
Update: Release schedules
23rd December 2011. See article from sexparty.org.au
Monster Pictures said in a
press release that the film has been modified by thirty seconds, these modifications were done with the utmost care so as to not damage the integrity of the film - we are absolutely confident that this is the case.
Monster Pictures feels that this
decision highlights the absurdity of Classification Review Board's decision to ban the film in the first place.
Melbourne's Cinema Nova will begin screening the modified version of the film beginning Boxing Day 2011.
The DVD and Blu-Ray of
the film will be released late February 2012.
|2nd December |
Distributor Monster Pictures responds to Australian ban of Human Centipede 2
See article from
On Tuesday morning Monster Pictures received a phone call from a spokesperson from the Classification Review Board alerting us to the fact that THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2: FULL SEQUENCE had been refused classification in Australia. This came less than
twenty-four hours after a two and a half hour Classification Review Board hearing in Sydney. The hearing was convened by Victoria Rubensohn, and was attended by Ann Stark and Melissa De Zwark representing the Classification Review Board, and Tony Romeo,
Neil Foley, Jack Sargeant and Laura Crawford representing Monster Pictures Australia, the Australian distributors of the film.
Monster Pictures would like to express our disappointment at this decision.
presented a great deal of evidence, including the submissions of two highly regarded film experts (Jack Sargeant and Laura Crawford) to support our notion that this film was produced with significant artistic credentials, and with its contentious
elements justified within the context of story and genre.
Unfortunately this was rejected by the Classification Review Board, whose subjective opinion it is that the film lacks artistic merit, and must be refused classification on
the grounds that it contains gratuitous, exploitative or offensive depictions of violence with a very high degree of impact and cruelty which has a high impact .
Monster Pictures rejects this notion outright.
Monster Pictures also rejects the notion that three middle-class women -- two lawyers and a family therapist -- who supposedly broadly represent the Australian community , have the ability or credentials to read or understand a
film such as THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2: FULL SEQUENCE.
Indeed much of our discussion around this black and white film, with its casting, sound and production design steeped in the traditions of underground, horror and avant-garde
cinema, was on whether or not the film was highly stylised or realistic . In the opinion of the Convenor of the Review Board, this cinematic depiction is presented to the viewer as realistic , which therefore escalates the violence
in the film from high impact, to very high impact, therefore making it eligible for a Refusal of Classification.
To Monster Pictures and its representatives this would suggest not only a total and ludicrous misunderstanding of
cinematic conventions but also a blatant refusal to accept the evidence that was presented during the hearing. It is our belief that the review hearing was little more than an expensive waste of time, and that the Classification Review Board had already
made up their mind about the film prior to our submission.
Monster Pictures would also like to draw attention to the fact that two ultra conservative Christian groups, Collective Shout and Family Voice Australia, are both claiming
victory for the banning on their websites. We reject the notion that fringe groups -- that are amongst many other things, anti-homosexual, anti-Islamic and anti-choice -- can have this level of influence over what the adult public of this country can or
cannot view in a cinema or in the privacy of their own homes.
To Monster Pictures this represents a growing and alarming trend of fundamentalism pervading the public arena.
To us this is a far broader issue
than just THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2: FULL SEQUENCE.
It is our opinion that every free-thinking adult in this country, whether they intend to view the film or not, should be alarmed by the increasing influence of the Christian right in
Monster Pictures believe that the original R 18 + Classification of THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2: FULL SEQUENCE received in May 2011 was absolutely correct, and was arrived upon by a board who read the content and context
of the film in a fair, unbiased and informed manner.
We believe the current ratings system to be a system that works well to identify the contentious points within a film, and to alert people to the nature of the viewing material.
Monster Pictures would also like to express our disapproval of the fact that the original assessment and subsequent rating provided by the Classification Board in May 2011 could not be used as evidence in our hearing to
support our notion that the film contained no material that was unlawful or obscene in any way. We are outraged by the notion that two bodies working within the same system could apply the very same legislation to the very same material yet arrive at
diametrically opposed conclusions -- to us this would suggest a fundamental and very worrying bias by the Review Board, a bias that we believe to be highly influenced by political agenda.
In the end the fate of our investment
comes down to the subjective opinions of three women -- two lawyers and a family therapist -- ignoring the opinions of film professionals and a Government appointed Classification Board, to reinterpret the material and to arrive at the conclusion that
the film should be refused classification. In our opinion this is absolutely wrong.
Monster Pictures premiered the uncut version of the film at this year's Brisbane International Film Festival. In addition we have just completed a
national tour of the film, accompanied by Q&A sessions with the films lead actor Laurence R. Harvey.
The film has screened to sell out audiences in almost every capital city in the country, and has been unanimously well
received. To the best of our knowledge the film has received no complaints as a result of these screenings -- to the contrary we have been inundated with emails of support from people around the country outraged at this decision.
To Monster Pictures this only serves to highlight how out of touch the Classification Review Board is with the current standards of the Australian cinema going public, and how wrong they are in their interpretation of the material.
Monster Pictures is fundamentally opposed to any form of censorship of legally produced adult material.
THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2: FULL SEQUENCE was produced in the UK with full respect to the laws of that
country. These laws are also in line with those of this country. There was no one harmed in any way in the production of this film. We reject any notion that any harm can be done to adults who view this material. We believe that the film's director Tom
Six has produced one of the most significant genre films in recent history -- one that deserves to be seen in its original form by interested and consenting adults in this country.
Monster Pictures intends to resubmit a modified
version of the film to the Classification Board. Once rated, we intend to continue our theatrical exhibition, which will lead to a DVD release early in the New Year. We also undertake to explore every option available to have this film released in full
in this country.
Neil Foley Monster Pictures
|30th November |
Human Centipede II banned after government appeals against the previous uncut R18+ certificate
29th November 2011. Thanks to Bob and Andrew
article from blogs.crikey.com.au
See also Once Legal, Now Banned! from
The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) has been been banned by the Australian Classification Review Board (ACRB).
The review was the result of an appeal against the previously uncut R18+ certificate awarded by the Classification Board. The
appeal was requested by Australia's Justice Minister Brendan O'Connor, reportedly on the advice of the New South Wales Attorney General Greg Smith.
The film has already opened at select cinemas a fortnight ago, including Melbourne's Cinema Nova,
which advertised the film with a prophetic see it before it's banned motto.
From the ACRB's official press statement:
A three member panel of the Classification Review Board has by unanimous decision
determined that the film The Human Centipede II (full sequence) is classified RC (Refused Classification).
In the Review Board's opinion, The Human Centipede II (full sequence) could not be accommodated within the R 18+
classification as the level of depictions of violence in the film has an impact which is very high.
In addition, the film must be refused classification because it contains gratuitous, exploitative or offensive depictions of
violence with a very high degree of impact and cruelty which has a high impact.
Films classified RC cannot be sold, hired, or advertised in Australia.
The Review Board's reasons for this decision will
appear on the Classification website when finalised.
Update: Nutters Rejoice
30th November 2011. See
article from au.christiantoday.com
Ros Phillips, national research officer for FamilyVoice Australia, said:
We congratulate the Classification Review Board for its unanimous decision to classify the torture porn film The Human Centipede 2 (Full
Sequence) as Refused Classification,
Earlier this year we were shocked to learn that the uncut version of this horrific film had been passed by Australia's Classification Board as R18+ - but had been banned by the British
Board of Film Classification (BBFC), Phillips said.
On behalf of Australian families, we thank the Board for its unanimous agreement. Pornography based on human torture has no place on Australian screens.
FamilyVoice provided the Classification Review Board with a substantial submission, explaining in detail why Australia's classification guidelines require scenes in Human Centipede 2 to be Refused Classification.
FamilyVoice describes itself as: A Christian Voice for family, faith and freedom. They obviously have got themselves about the concept of 'freedom'. Perhaps A Christian Voice for family, faith and censorship, would be a more honest
|21st November |
Cut UK DVD/Blu-ray of Tom Six's The Human Centipede 2 released today
UK 2011 Bounty Blu-ray
at UK Amazon released today on 21st November 2011
UK 2011 Bounty R2 DVD at UK Amazon released today on 21st November 2011
See trailer from youtube.com
The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) is a 2011 Netherlands/UK horror by Tom Six with Laurence R Harvey and Ashlynn Yennie. See IMDb
The film was
unbanned by the BBFC and passed 18 for very strong bloody violence and gore, and sexual violence after 2:37s of BBFC cuts for:
- UK 2011 Bounty Blu-ray at UK Amazon released today on 21st November 2011
- UK 2011 Bounty R2 DVD at UK Amazon
released today on 21st November 2011
- UK 2011 cinema release
The film found fame where it was earlier banned by the BBFC for:
BBFC Comments: Very Distressing
Based on article from bbfc.co.uk
THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE II (FULL SEQUENCE) is a horror sequel, this time about an asthmatic London car park attendant called Martin who has become obsessed with the film THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE (FIRST SEQUENCE). Martin decides to kidnap a
number of people and construct his own human centipede by stapling them together. The film was classified 18 for very strong bloody violence and gore, and sexual violence. Prior to classification, the BBFC required cuts to remove several
elements of sexual and sexualised violence, sadistic violence and humiliation, and a child presented in an abusive and violent context.
Although the BBFC was clear that the original version of the film was potentially harmful in
its portrayal of violent acts and sexual and sexualised violence, the classified version of the film, which omits the most explicit moments of sadistic violence, sexual and sexualised violence, and the killing of a newborn baby, does not pose a credible
harm risk, although some viewers may find it very distressing.
|19th November |
Getting To The Bottom Of The Human Centipede 2 Controversy
See article from heyuguys.co.uk
|12th November |
UK version of Human Centipede 2 compared with Video on Demand version
Thanks to Abaddon
Just got back from seeing it on the big screen in London (Apollo Cinema, Piccadilly Circus)...
As hard as it is to believe, some scenes are in fact longer in the UK version than in the VOD version!! I made some notes on my
mobile phone, so here goes...
First up, the company logo is no longer IFC, it's Monster films ...
Part that seems cut in both US & UK versions: When Martin looks at the warehouse with the
lettings guy, it seems the attack on the guy is missing in both versions, as both jump from him being asked to sign the lease to him dead on the floor with stomach wounds...
Another part that seems cut in both versions: When
Martin is on the stairs with the hooker, it jumps from him getting maced to the body being in the van...
The scene after Martin kills his mother: Not a huge difference, but the camera lingers for longer on her mangled face (When
she's sitting in the chair), showing a slightly closer, gorier angle.
The sandpaper part: This is longer in the UK release, you see him unzipping his trousers (Not in VOD) and the sequence goes on slightly longer until he
The part with the Dr, Martin and his mum together: A very small difference here, you see the centipede eating its prey for longer, as it crushes it etc...
The teeth removal part: This is
shorter, there are less hits from the hammer (I think you see about 4 hits), then it switches to Martin dragging the bloody teeth etc from the mouth. Seemed a bit pointless to shorten this, as, like I said, it only removes a few hits.
The ligament cutting part: This part is almost exactly the same as the VOD release, but there seemed to be more screaming added.
The buttock cutting: Exactly the same as VOD.
stapling: This is essentially the same as VOD, however the VOD shows possibly around 2 seconds longer of the stapling itself.
When the completed centipede is revealed: The VOD is missing a shot of Martin with his arms
out-stretched, looking very happy with his creation...
The laxative / Wall painting scene: Is identical, this is the only bit where colour (Brown) is shown...
The rape scene: This is where it get's
interesting, as in the VOD, this scene is practically non-existant, you just see Martin slumped over the end of the centipede; In the UK version, this part go's on for 20 - 30 seconds, and is pretty nasty! There's no mention at all of barb-wire, but you
see Martin Getting himself ready (Playing with his y-fronts), followed by him humping the centipede, with a LOT of screaming, shots of reaction from other members of the centipede, and like I said, lasts about 30 seconds and is pretty disturbing
to watch. Absolutely NONE of that was in the VOD version.
The baby scene: The scene is essentially the same, but when the bay comes out it's on the screen for a tiny (Very tiny) bit longer, but cuts straight from that to the car
driving off. (Interestingly, some shots of Martin banging on the car and shouting have been removed.)
When the centipede is being killed: During the shooting, one of the women pees herself, I didn't notice that in the VOD version
- The shootings and throat slashings are the same.
And that's about it!! Sorry if I've missed any parts!! To be honest, for a UK cut of the film it really wasn't too bad, I went there expecting to see next to nothing!!
|10th November |
Disappointing box office for the opening weekend
9th November 2011. See article from
Human Centipede 2 has taken just £ 942 at the box office after opening in the UK last weekend.
hecklerspray.com suspect that
it has been streamed and downloaded online (uncut) more times than it has been seen in a cinema.
Offsite Comment: Story is a few legs short of the full sequence
10th November 2011. See
article from cinema-extreme.blogspot.com
Playing on just ten screens across the entire country, and predominantly at once-off, late-night festival screenings, Human Centipede 2 has taken just £ 942 at the UK Box Office, over its opening
weekend. That's just in ten, individual showings, not ten screens playing the film three or four times a day!
What the report failed to state, is that in the USA, THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE II has been doing very well, thank you
very much! So far, the film has taken some $49,456 (US) in its Opening Weekend, playing on just 18 screens.
...Read the full
|8th November |
Why do we find the digestive tract so hard to stomach?
See article from guardian.co.uk
|4th November |
Uncoiling The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)!
See article from cinema-extreme.blogspot.com
|1st November |
Human Centipede 2, which he likens to violent porn of the Tabak kind
See article from
|30th October |
Human Centipede 2 Online
Thanks to Nick
It seems that a video on demand version of The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) is all over the internet via file sharers - so much for the BBFC cuts and previous ban.
From the Melon Farmers:
From reports I have read though, this seems to be US Unrated version that is missing the barbwire rape of the 'centipede'. It is much more complete than the cut BBFC version though.
Reviewers don't seem to have
been impressed by the need for BBFC cuts. For instance the sandpaper masturbation is off screen, the BBFC claimed sexual motivation is near non existent, and most of the violence is of a level that has been passed before.
seems to leave just the BBFC concern that arses, mouths and shit in near proximity could be deemed obscene by the authorities.
2nd November 2011. Thanks to goatboy
sandpaper scene in the leaked VOD version of Human Centipede 2 is exactly the same as in the BBFC cut. Also in the VOD version the rape scene at 76 minutes is completely cut out, some of it is retained in the BBFC cut. However the guy having his teeth
knocked out is shorter in the BBFC version and some shots of swallowing in the centipede are in the VOD version but not the BBFC .
It is an odd film!
|30th October |
Nutters lining up against the Australian premiere of Human Centipede 2
See article from
The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) will make its Australian debut at the Brisbane International Film Festival on Saturday 5th November.
It has been labelled a mad orgy of depravity and gore, a movie so disturbing and sickening it was
banned in Britain [for a while].
But this week the film scuttles into Brisbane cinemas, untouched by censors and courting inevitable moral 'outrage'.
Queensland was once infamous for its movie censorship, with the state banning an average
of five films a year until former premier Wayne Goss disbanded the review board in 1990. But now the state's Arts Minister Rachel Nolan is wisely refusing to intervene, saying it's up to federal classifiers to approve films: This is the new Queensland
and the Government and I, as Arts Minister, are not going to be some kind of moral censor.
However the Classification Review Board is set to examine the film's R18+ rating after a request from the NSW Attorney-General. A total of eight
complaints have been made to the film censors. But the review will not be conducted until November 28, allowing the film to premiere at the festival.
Christian lobby group Family Voice Australia is preparing a submission to the review board and is
calling for the film to be banned in Australia.
Films like this are really promoting a very demeaning image of women and children, claimed national research officer Roslyn Phillips, urging Brisbane organisers to ditch the movie from its
Meanwhile University of Queensland psychology researcher Brock Bastian provided a puerile and generalised sound bite for the newspaper article. He claimed violent media, including films, could affect the behaviour of their viewers: It's not the most healthy or best way to be spending your time and it may transfer into your interpersonal interactions in subtle ways
. [perhaps having the occasional urge to molest a centipede].
The Brisbane International Film Festival runs from November 3 to 13. Tickets and more information are available via
the BIFF website .
|13th October |
Just how stupid is the British Board of Film Classification?
See article from blogs.telegraph.co.uk
|11th October |
Australian premiere of Human Centipede Part 2 will be at the Brisbane International Film Festival
Laurence Harvey: “It’s an ordeal for the audience.” from
The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) will make its Australian debut at the Brisbane International Film Festival in November. It will give local audiences a first look at what American critics are describing as a methodical snuff film , an unfortunate success
and a dismal, nauseating and yet bizarrely artful sequel .
Recently released in full in America, and to be shown cut n the UK, the film has been booked by festival director Richard Moore and guest curator Tim League for the 20th
anniversary program of BIFF after the Australian Classification Board cleared the uncut version for R18+ release earlier this year.
It's not the first time Moore has sparked controversy; while head of the Melbourne International Film Festival, his
selection of Bruce laBruce's L.A. Zombie was followed by a ban, and an illegal screening.
Moore said he was not showing The Human Centipede 2 at the festival to create controversy but as a chance to present BIFF audiences with an Australian
premiere of a hotly anticipated genre title. He said the movie was not being treated as one of the showpiece films of the event.
Having seen the sequel himself Moore admitted the movie would not be everybody's cup of tea.
Human Centipede 2:
Full Sequence opens at the Brisbane International Film Festival at midnight on November 5. BIFF runs from November 3 to 13. Tickets and more information are available via the BIFF website
|7th October |
BBFC agree to grant an 18 certificate after cuts
6th October 2011. Press release from Eureka Entertainment
Eureka Entertainment is pleased to announce the forthcoming release of the controversial horror film The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) .
Ian Sadler, Sales Director for Eureka Entertainment, Bounty Films' UK distributor said:
We are really pleased that after nearly 4 months of detailed discussion and debate, we have been able to reach an agreement with the BBFC and to produce a very viable cut of the film which will both excite and challenge
its fans. Naturally we have a slight disappointment that we have had to make cuts, but we feel that the storyline has not been compromised and the level of horror has been sustained.
Further details of our plans for the UK theatrical
and DVD release will be announced early next week.
The BBFC has awarded an 18 classification to a cut version of The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) after 32 cuts
6th October 2011. From
The DVD of The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) has been passed with an 18 classification following 32 cuts made across 8 separate sequences. The cuts total 2 minutes 37 seconds and address all the concerns raised when the Board
refused a classification on 6 June 2011, including those relating to sexual violence, graphic gore and the possibility of breach of the law relating to obscenity.
The President, Sir Quentin Thomas, said
first examined this work earlier this year we judged that, as submitted, it was unsuitable for classification; and, as we explained to the company, we could not ourselves see how cuts could produce a viable and classifiable work. That remains the view of
one of our Vice Presidents, Gerard Lemos, who is therefore abstaining from the Board's collective decision.
The company lodged an appeal against our decision to refuse classification. In the course of preparations for that appeal,
the company proposed a number of cuts which it was right for us to consider. In response, after further examination, we proposed a more extensive series of cuts. These cuts produce a work which many will find difficult but which I believe can properly be
classified at the adult level. The company has now accepted these cuts, withdrawn its appeal and the work has been classified, as cut, at 18.
In its original letter of 6 June refusing classification, the Board made clear that it was
open to the distributor to attempt cuts. The cuts which have now been made are, in the Board's judgement, necessary if the film is to be classified.
Update: The BBFC list their cuts
7th October See
article from bbfc.co.uk
Human Centipede Part II (Full Sequence) has been unbanned and passed 18 after 2:37s of BBFC cuts for:
- UK 2011 Bounty video
- UK 2011 cinema release
The BBFC commented on their cuts:
Company was required to make 32 individual cuts to scenes of sexual and sexualised violence, sadistic violence and humiliation, and a child presented in an abusive and violent context. In this
case, cuts included:
a man masturbating with sandpaper around his penis
graphic sight of a man's teeth being removed with a hammer
graphic sight of lips being stapled to naked buttocks
graphic sight of forced defecation into and around other people's mouths
a man with barbed wire wrapped around his penis raping a woman
a newborn baby being killed
graphic sight of injury as staples are torn away from individuals' mouth and buttocks.
|30th September |
Australian Attorney General asks film censor's Review Board to reconsider the R18+ awarded to The Human Centipede 2
Australia's Sex Party has tweeted that the New South Wales Attorney general has asked for the film censor's Review Board to reconsider the uncut R18+ certificate previously awarded to The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence).
|24th September |
Human Centipede 2 premieres in Texas
article from metro.co.uk
The first poster for The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) has been unveiled. And the banned in Britain movie has made its debut at the Fantastic Fest film festival in Texas.
The poster depicts a centipede-like outline made up from 40 people
apparently sewn together.
The film will go on US cinema release from 7th October, but the MPAA Unrated version will limit the amount of cinema's partaking in the release.
And as for the first reactions from Fantastic Fest. It seems that the
BBFC are doing a far better job of recommending the film than any of the early critics.
Update: US Cuts
6th October 2011. Based on
article from newcityfilm.com
While unrated, cuts were
made for U.S. distribution, including a rape scene involving barbed wire and sandpaper.
|8th September |
First trailer showing footage from Human Centipede Part 2
See trailer from youtube.com
The first trailer has appeared showing actual footage from Human Centipede Part 2 (Full Sequence).
The trailer starts with a reprise from the first part but begins with the new material when the lights come on in the disused building.
|6th September |
Australian trailer for Human Centipede Part 2 glories in ban justifying accolades by the BBFC
See trailer from youtube.com
See article from cinehouseuk.blogspot.com
The BBFC justification for banning Human Centipede Part 2 has been used with great effect to form a teaser trailer for its uncut showing in Australia.
Perhaps it will start a trend and that all countries will follow suit and have a bit of fun
at the expense of the BBFC.
|6th September |
The date of the appeal against the BBFC ban of Human Centipede Part 2 has yet to be set
The BBFC have kindly confirmed that the appeal against the ban on Human Centipede Part 2 has yet to be fixed.
An interview by Tom Six gave the impression that formal appeal had already been heard and lost twice... and that Tom Six was already
looking to the High Court for satisfaction.
Presumably in the following except from his interview, Six was using the word 'appeal' in an informal sense, meaning that he had just asked the BBFC (rather than the Video Appeals Committee) to think
Here is the original Tom Six wording again:
Offsite: Interview with Tom Six re the BBFC Appeal
31st August 2011. Thanks to Mark. See
interview from horror-movies.ca
Tom Six, The BBFC and The Human Centipede 2 Censorship Debacle from
Q: Have you got anything to say to the BBFC?
Oh, I've got lots of things to say, you can imagine. When I first heard it I wanted to thank them so much for their incredible publicity, but now I'm getting really annoyed. They didn't agree with our appeal, so it's looking
not good, and I'm really angry now, because how can they say to adults you can't watch this film ? It's incredible, and I'm really sad because the UK is the country that gave the world the black humour of Monty Python and Little Britain, and in my
film; part 1 and part 2, there's a lot of black humour. I'm so disappointed they're so humourless.
Q: Do you see the BBFC ban being lifted any time soon?
Tom Six: Well, they have rejected our second appeal, so now the distributor has to go to a barrister or court, I'm not sure how that works, so it looks not very good. The film is not obscene, a
lawyer said that and we have to get a barrister saying that. We have to find a way, I'm fighting my ass off with the distributor to find a way to show the film in the UK.
...Read the full
|15th August |
Human Centipede 2 set for a US theatrical release
article from horror-movies.ca
The Human Centipede Part 2 (The Full Sequence) continues to languish in the UK banned vault. The last I heard, the appeal against the ban is still in progress.
But across the Atlantic in
the Land of the Sometimes Free, the film is set for a theatrical release (albeit limited).
According to the guys over at Arrow in the Head, The Human Centipede Part II: [Full Sequence] will hit select Landmark theatres on October 7th.
|6th July |
Huffington Post opens strongly in the UK with an interesting article by David Cooke
See article from
|17th June |
Interview with Alan Jones about Human centipede II and Frightfest
See article from frogbros.be
|15th June |
Interview with Tom Six about The Human Centipede II
See article from guardian.co.uk
|13th June |
Eureka Entertainment and Bounty Films issue press release about the BBFC ban on Human Centipede II
Press Release on behalf of Eureka Entertainment and Bounty Films: Re The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) :
Within the last week, the BBFC announced that it had rejected and was unable to classify for
release on DVD, The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence).
Bounty Films, and its UK distribution partner Eureka Entertainment Ltd., are disappointed by the decision of the BBFC to deny the film a classification
certificate. While both companies respect the authority of the board, we strongly disagree with their decision.
In support of their decision, the BBFC issued a press release that gave an unprecedented level of detail
regarding certain scenes contained within the film. Whilst it appears customary for the BBFC to issue press releases in support of its decision making, the level of detail provided therein does seem inconsistent with previous releases where the
statements have been more concise. We are concerned this may be prejudicial to our forthcoming appeal.
The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) is adult entertainment for fans of horror films. If a film of this nature
does not seek to push boundaries, to challenge people and their value systems or to shock, then it is not horror. The subject matter of this film is in line with not only the genre, but other challenging entertainment choices for adult consumers.
We respect those who have different opinions about both the film and the genre, and whose opinions may differ to our own, but we hope that the opinions of the adults for whom this product is intended will also be considered.
The adult consumers who would watch this film fully understand that it is fictional entertainment and nothing more.
Classifying and rating product allows the public to make an informed choice about the art and media
they wish to consume. Censoring or preventing the public from obtaining material that has not been proven to be harmful or obscene, is indefensible in principle and is often counterproductive in practice. Through their chosen course of action, the BBFC
have ensured that the awareness of this film is now greater than it would otherwise have been.
Having taken advice on these matters, and in accordance with BBFC guidelines, we will be submitting our appeal to the Video
Appeals Committee in due course.
|10th June |
But I want the right to watch it
See article from
|9th June |
Stand up against excessive British film censorship
petition from petitiononline.co.uk
See also Stand up against excessive British film censorship from
It has just been announced that Human Centipede 2 has been banned outright by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) - who thirty years ago were called the more accurate-sounding British Board of Film Censorship.
While it's true that fewer films are banned now than in the past, it's still too many that are cut or banned outright. The BBFC themselves claim that adults should be allowed to watch whatever they want unless it's dangerous or illegal
- but they act as judge and jury in making those often subjective decisions.
The justification for banning Human Centipede 2 is that it MAY contravene the Obscene Publications Act. Yet the advice the BBFC receive
about this law is suspect - until the end of the 1990s, they maintained a blanket ban on hardcore porn for the same reason and it took a court case to prove this to be a lie.
Their claims that Human Centipede
dehumanises the victims and sympathises with the victimiser could also be said of a film like Salo, which is passed uncut.
And the BBFC's subjective viewpoint isn't just inconsistent, it's constantly changing. In 2002,
the Board went to court to defend cuts made to Last House on the Left. In 2008, it was passed uncut. In 1999, A Cat in the Brain was banned outright, with the claim that the video was potentially harmful because of the influence it may have on the
attitudes and behaviour of a significant proportion of its likely viewers, whatever classification it was given ; in 2003, it was released uncut. Did society really change that much in those few years to make these previously dangerous films now
The BBFC may seem irrelevant in the age of the bit torrent, but that's not true -- their restrictions still stifle innovation in UK cinema by making it hard for filmmakers to release edgy or confrontational
films, and by charging excessive, mandatory fees that make it hard for small, non-commercial films to make any money.
We believe that adults should be allowed to watch any work of fiction that features consenting
adults, and that bans should only be enforced for films that clearly break existing laws (ie child and animal abuse). There has never been any independent evidence to show that watching films has ever directly influenced anyone to commit violent or
sexual crimes, let alone that they can corrupt a whole nation. It's time that Nanny cut the apron strings and the BBFC finally move to their stated position of classifying, not censoring, and also that films should be allowed to be released unrated
-- with all the distribution restrictions that such a category would invariably bring. People should have a right to choose, not to be told that other people have made that choice for them.
|8th June |
Delving a little deeper into the BBFC ban on The Human Centipede II
An interesting piece by Jane Fae who analyses the BBFC's justification for banning The Human Centipede II alongside the Video recordings Act, Obscene Publications Act and Dangerous Pictures Act.
decision to ban Human Centipede 2 correct in law?
See article from blog.indexoncensorship.org by Jane Fae
Those boldly proclaiming on the internet that they'll be getting their own copies of
this movie anyway should beware. Without a BBFC rating, a depiction of rape involving barbed wire wrapped round someone's penis sounds very much like a realistic depiction of an act likely to do serious harm in a sexual context.
In other words, extreme porn , possession of which is a criminal offence, liable to punishment by means of a fine, community service or prison. You have been warned!
...Read the full article
Too obscene to be seen?
See article from eyeforfilm.co.uk
by Jane Fae
So how do the BBFC know what is obscene - and therefore ought not to be released into the public domain: they ask the experts (aka police and CPS lawyers) what sort of material juries are likely
to consider obscene. So, according to these experts, juries in many parts of the country would find the practice of urolagnia (aka golden showers ) obscene.
We asked the CPS if they had any stats as to
when the last prosecution in respect of this practice happened. They don't. What we do know, however, is that prosecutions for obscenity are a dying breed. A report from the CPS themselves has just 82 charges under the Obscene Publications Act reaching
the magistrates' courts in 2009-10. It is likely that not all of these succeeded or were continued.
Yet the BBFC steadfastly refuse to rate films containing this practice - even extending the ban out to anything that
features what they consider to be female ejaculation which, again, with very little evidence, they maintain is no more than pee - and therefore quite unshowable.
...Read the full
Hopefully though Human Centipede II does not count under the Dangerous Pictures Act. The BBFC didn't note it as a 'sex work'
so presumably they didn't see it as primarily intended to sexually arouse. And hopefully the barbed wire rape falls short of explicit or 'realistic'.
Film critic Kim Newman offered up a very plausible angle about the BBFC ban. See
article on facebook.com
He reminds us that one of the founding aims of the BBFC is for it to protect the film industry from prosecution. Given that the Crown Persecution Service have steadfastly held on to their own definitions of obscenity, then the concept of eating shit is still something that falls within their definition.
With this in mind, it seems that BBFC may be wise to ensure that film makers and retailers are protected from the risk of prosecution.
Surely this has got to be a lot more credible reason for a ban than bollox about harm to viewers. It is
pretty near impossible to conceive examples of what 'harm', the BBFC is alluding to. Surely a surreal, unbelievable and uncopyable concept of a surgically created human chain is one of the least likely foundations for fears about taking inspiration for
real world evil acts. Perhaps the BBFC are thinking more along the lines of people suffering heart attacks induced by extreme 'outrage'.
Judging by the amount of internet chatter on the subject, then this could be the first ban of a popular work
since the ban on the game Manhunt . Presumably this will therefore be the first banned work that could result in mass censorship avoidance via internet download. It will be interesting to see if this will pose any challenge to the UK censorship
But maybe if Kim Newman's right and the major objective if for the British film industry to avoid prosecution then, all will have worked fine. The fact that anyone will be able to watch it anyway, no doubt doing no-one any actual harm,
will quickly fade away into old news.
|8th June |
Human Centipede II passed R18+ by the Australian film censor
Based on article
The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) is a 2011 Netherlands/UK horror by Tom Six which has just been banned by the BBFC.
It is interesting to note that the film was passed R18+ for public exhibition in Australia. R18+ is equivalent to the UK
18 rating. The Australian censors do not mention cuts or modifications so presumably it is uncut
|8th June |
BBFC ban on Human Centipede II to be appealed
There's a twitter message doing the rounds that says that Bounty Films and Eureka! film distributors will appeal against the BBFC ban on Human Centipede II (Full Sequence).
|7th June |
Director Tom Six comments on the ban of The Human Centipede 2
article from empireonline.com
The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) is a 2011 Netherlands/UK horror by Tom Six just banned by the BBFC.
Director Tom Six commented to empireonline.com :
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. If people can't handle or like my movies they just don't watch them. If people like my movies they have
to be able to see it any time, anywhere also in the UK.
|6th June |
Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) banned
See press release from
The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) is a 2011 Netherlands/UK horror by Tom Six. See IMDb
The BBFC has rejected the sexually violent,
and potentially obscene DVD, The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) This means that it cannot be legally supplied anywhere in the UK. The decision was taken by the Director, David Cooke and the Presidential Team of Sir Quentin Thomas, Alison Hastings and
The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) is a sequel to the film The Human Centipede (First Sequence), which was classified 18 uncut for cinema and DVD release by the BBFC in 2010. The first film
dealt with a mad doctor who sews together three kidnapped people in order to produce the human centipede'of the title. 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. 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. Whereas
in the first film the centipede idea is presented as a revolting medical experiment, with the focus on whether the victims will be able to escape, this sequel presents the centipede idea as the object of the protagonist's depraved sexual
The principal focus of The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) is 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. Examples of this include 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 . There
is little attempt to portray any of the victims in the film as anything other than objects to be brutalised, degraded and mutilated for the amusement and arousal of the central character, as well as for the pleasure of the audience. There is a strong
focus throughout on the link between sexual arousal and sexual violence and a clear association between pain, perversity and sexual pleasure. 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.
David Cooke, Director of the BBFC said:
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.
The Board also seeks to avoid classifying material that may be in breach of the Obscene Publications Acts 1959 and 1964 (OPA) or any other relevant legislation. The OPA
prohibits the publication of works that have a tendency to deprave or corrupt a significant proportion of those likely to see them. In order to avoid classifying potentially obscene material, the Board engages in regular discussions with the relevant
enforcement agencies, including the CPS, the police, and the Ministry of Justice. It is the Board's view that there is a genuine risk that this video work, The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence), may be considered obscene within the terms of the OPA, for
the reasons given above.
The Board considered whether its concerns could be dealt with through cuts. However, given that the unacceptable content runs throughout the work, cuts are not a viable option in this
case and the work is therefore refused a classification.
|23rd June |
The Human Centipede at the BBFC
The BBFC have just passed much hyped The Human Centipede, 18 uncut. The certificate is for DVD rather than a cinema release though.
By all accounts, the concept is nastier than the actual film but maybe it would be more fun to believe
the Sun's rantings:
The Human Centipede features a depraved storyline about a psychopathic German surgeon who drugs his victims before surgically joining them together, mouth to backside, in
order to create a human centipede.
The horror is said to be so gross that cinemagoers have been racing out of US screenings to be sick - and reviewers are warning audiences not to eat before seeing the film.
Update: Cinema Release Uncut
3rd July 2010.
The BBFC have passed the cinema release 18 uncut
Taking legal advice over scat
25th September 2010.
The BBFC have added their Extended Classification Information:
THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE (FIRST SEQUENCE) is a horror film about an insane German surgeon who kidnaps three tourists and surgically attaches them to each other to form a human centipede . The film was classified 18 for
strong bloody violence, threat and horror.
The central conceit, in which three people are surgically attached anus to mouth to share a single gastrointestinal tract, provides the film's elements of horror and threat as
the victims are chained up, drugged and left terrified by the surgeon's explanations of what he plans to do to them. The actual surgical process is not shown in any significant detail. Instead, the nature of the procedure is hinted at by two short
scenes. In one, the surgeon removes one of the women's teeth with pliers, resulting in a lot of blood but with the actual process of removal hidden by the positioning of the characters' bodies. In the other, a scalpel is seen cutting into the flesh of a
woman's buttocks before a bloody flap of skin is lifted. These bloody scenes, plus the later shooting of several characters with blood sprays from wounds and the stabbing of a scalpel into a man's legs, breach the BBFC's Guidelines at 15 which
state that violence may be strong but should not dwell on the infliction of pain or injury . Once the surgery is completed, no detail is shown of the contact between the faces and anuses of the victims, because the attachments between them are
covered in bandages. Although the central idea of the film is undoubtedly grotesque and revolting, the Guidelines state that works should be allowed to reach the widest audience that is appropriate for their theme and treatment and that adults
should, as far as possible, be free to choose what they see, provided that it remains within the law and is not potentially harmful . The Board has taken legal advice which indicates that THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE is not in breach of the Obscene
Publications Act 1959 or any other relevant legislation. In terms of harm, the scenario is so far fetched and bizarre that there is no plausible risk of emulation.
The film also contains multiple uses of strong
language, some strong verbal sex references as a man talks about women being wet between the legs , and infrequent non-sexualised nudity as the female victims crawl around with their breasts partially exposed.
|20th May |
The Human Centipede sounds fun
8th May 2010. Based on
article from contactmusic.com
The horror film The Human Centipede is opening in a handful of US theaters this weekend. It was not submitted to the MPAA for a rating.
The Chicago Sun-Times' s Roger Ebert is awarding it no stars as well. In his review, he writes
I am required to award stars to movies I review. This time, I refuse to do it. The star rating system is unsuited to this film.
The movie deals with a mad doctor, a surgeon who once separated conjoined twins and now goes about capturing
victims and perform reverse surgery, bonding them end to end so that they have a common digestive system.
No horror film I've seen inflicts more terrible things on its victims than The Human Centipede , Ebert writes. Nevertheless, he says
that within Dutch director Tom Six, there stirs the soul of a dark artist. Likewise, Mark Olsen wrote earlier this week in the Los Angeles Times . Centipede is at once arduously rough to sit through and compelling. There's a real film hidden
beneath the hooky idea.
And in an interview with New York's Village Voice, Six himself acknowledged that during test screenings, Some people walk out of the cinemas, others can't stop laughing, and if people are eating during the movie,
they are vomiting their food out because they didn't expect this to happen. It has a lot of influence on people's emotions.
Update: The Sun Supports the hype for The Human
20th May 2010. Based on article from
thesun.co.uk , thanks to DoodleBug
It's being hailed as one of the most twisted, stomach-churning movies of all time which has sent American cinemagoers reaching for the sick bags.
The Human Centipede features a depraved
storyline about a psychopathic German surgeon who drugs his victims before surgically joining them together, mouth to backside, in order to create a human centipede.
The horror is said to be so gross that cinemagoers
have been racing out of US screenings to be sick - and reviewers are warning audiences not to eat before seeing the film.
Clips from the film have been a YouTube sensation, with the trailer alone racking up 1.4million
views. Screenings in Los Angeles have also sold out.
In a few months time, the movie is set for release in Britain - so long as it doesn't get banned first.
The buzz surrounding the
film has led to several UK companies competing for the rights to release it later this year.
The twisted flick looks set to become a lucrative new horror franchise with The Human Centipede 2 already in