Even if you don't want to know, you know what The Human Centipede is. Say what you will about the actual movie, but you've got to tip your hat to Tom Six for creating a viral phenom out of a bad horror movie. I personally think his movie is full of abysmal acting and execution that isn't nearly as ballsy as its engineered-to-be-offensive plot thinks it is, and it turns out the BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) agrees with me. They found the first film to be "a relatively traditional and conventional horror film" and gave it an 18 rating, meaning it could be released uncut in the UK.
The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence), however, is just too much for the Brit equivalent of the MPAA. They've refused to give the film a classification, which means distribution of it in the UK is illegal. And while that's probably music to the ears of anyone who actually enjoyed the first film, wait until you hear why it's been banned. Hey, at least Tom Six isn't holding back this time.
Here's the official ruling from the BBFC website [via Empire]. Be warned, it contains spoilers:
"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 fantasy.
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."
It sounds just absolutely delightful, doesn't it? If you actually think so and you do live in the UK, sorry, you're out of luck. The filmmakers have six weeks to appeal the decision, but considering BBFC director David Cooke said "given that the unacceptable content runs throughout the work, cuts are not a viable option in this case," odds are you're not going to be seeing Human Centipede II legally any time soon.
Update: Director Tom Six has given Empire his official response to the banning:
“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 f****cking 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.”