Helmer protests ruling in email
LONDON — U.K. censors have stamped on the “Human Centipede” sequel.The British Board of Film Classification refused to classify “The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)” Tuesday, which in effect outlaws the film in the U.K. The pic follows a depraved individual who becomes so obsessed with the original film, “The Human Centipede (First Sequence),” that he recreates the horrific act shown within it, and then some. The BBFC ruled that whereas the first film — which follows a demented surgeon who stitches together his three victims from mouth to anus — could be shown uncut as an “18,” this time Dutch director Tom Six had gone too far. “There is little attempt to portray any of the victims in the film as anything other than objects to be brutalized, degraded and mutilated for the amusement and arousal of the central character, as well as for the pleasure of the audience,” the BBFC said in a statement. In an email to Empire magazine, the director responded: “Apparently I made a horrific horror film, but shouldn’t a good horror film be horrific? … It is all make-believe. It is art. Give people their own choice to watch it or not.” The BBFC adopts a tough approach toward scenes of sexual violence, and it is this aspect that earned the film its ban. “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,” the board explained in its statement. The pic’s U.K. rights holder, Bounty Films, which releases pics in the territory through Eureka Entertainment, has six weeks to appeal. The last feature to be outlawed was 2009 Japanese horror pic “Grotesque,” which was banned for its scenes of sexual sadism.
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