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Human Centipede II already banned in the UK for sexual depravity

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When last we checked in with Human Centipede director Tom Six, he was waxing philosophic about how his infamous film’s defecation daisy chain was really a metaphor for World War II. Unfortunately, WWII is still a bit of a sensitive subject in Europe, so perhaps it’s no surprise that the British Board Of Film Classification has already rejected its sequel, Human Centipede II (Full Sequence), most likely on grounds that it would prove upsetting to elder generations for whom the Blitz still looms large in their memories. Or maybe it’s because it features a guy sewing 12 people together ass-to-mouth so he can jerk off about it.


Yes, the second Human Centipede takes a far more sexual bent than its predecessor, even seeming to exist as a direct commentary on the first: In a meta twist, its central character becomes obsessed with the original Human Centipede, then graduates from watching it on DVD while masturbating—“with sandpaper around his penis”—to actually constructing his own super-sized version of the real thing, all because of his “sexual arousal… at both the idea and the spectacle of the total degradation, humiliation, mutilation, torture, and murder of his naked victims.” His desire finally culminates in a scene concerning [SPOILER ALERT FOR BOTH THE FILM AND YOUR RELATIONSHIPS] “the man wrapping barbed wire around his penis and raping the woman at the rear of the ‘centipede.’” Obviously, an allegory for the effect German bombing had on the British morale.

Anyway, as we know from past experiences with the MPAA, degradations, humiliation, mutilation, torture, and murder are nasty but necessary business crucial to storytelling devices, but as soon as you bring sex into it, you can take your forced-defecation fairy tale elsewhere, mister: “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,” the BBFC’s statement says, “this sequel presents the ‘centipede’ idea as the object of the protagonist’s depraved sexual fantasy.” As such, the board has concluded that it “poses a real, as opposed to a fanciful, risk that harm is likely to be caused to potential viewers,” and as a result it cannot be sold on DVD anywhere in the UK under penalty of law. (It also came to the conclusion that edits are “not a viable option in this case,” as we’re guessing it would likely reduce the movie to nothing but credits sequences.) Of course, this decision doesn’t affect the film’s distribution in the US, which will be addressed later this year—most likely with an all-new round of graphic revelations that make actually seeing the movie unnecessary. [via Movieline]