Despite having an extremely limited release, The Human Centipede quickly gained notoriety thanks to its bizarre, scientifically impossible premise. The news that writer and director Tom Six would be making a follow-up to the film made many people curious, mostly as to how he would top himself in terms of unpleasant content. We’ve just gotten an idea from The BBFC, as it was enough to not only earn a ban, but to possibly be considered something of a criminal act.
Their description of the movie actually makes it sound much more interesting than any of us probably imagined — it’s actually very meta. That’s because it follows “a man who becomes sexually obsessed with a DVD recording of the first film and who imagines putting the ‘centipede’ idea into practice.” The content seems to go several steps further than the first installment of the planned trilogy, as it apparently “presents graphic images of sexual violence, forced defecation, and mutilation,” with the perspective being that of the main character. Relating to that, while the original showed the centipede as a medical experiment, the sequel presents it as the “depraved sexual fantasy” of our lead.
They described the film in greater detail below:
“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’.”
All of that sounds like extreme content, with them claiming that the movie displays “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.” BBFC director David Cooke said that the film is “unacceptable to the public,” and that it “may be in breach of the Obscene Publications Acts 1959 and 1964 (OPA),” which tries to prevent the distribution of works that “have a tendency to deprave or corrupt a significant proportion of those likely to see them.”
And even though I have no interest in seeing the movie, I find myself just a little bothered that they would do this in the first place. Regardless of quality, art is art, and censorship is something that I can’t find myself supporting. We may complain about the MPAA – and that’s a system that needs to be completely overhauled – but at least one can release a movie in an unrated format. I’m not too concerned about any sort of legal action taking place (it wouldn’t be worth any costs), but going so far as to not allowing a simulated film to be legally supplied is completely asinine.
Do you think The Human Centipede II should receive such a strong punishment? Do you have any interest in seeing the movie?
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