Human Centipede II director angered by BBFC’s ‘stiff upper lip’
When Tom Six first learned of the British Board of Film Classification’s refusal to classify his latest film, he was overjoyed. “The BBFC helped to generate an enormous amount of publicity for my film,” said the Dutch director. “It is incredible when everyone is talking about your movie.
“But then I became really angry. How can it be that adults are not allowed to choose whether or not to see a film? It really felt like Britain was behaving like China. This kind of censorship is ridiculous.”
The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) features a man who becomes sexually obsessed with the original film, in which kidnap victims are grafted together, mouth to anus. He decides to repeat the experiment, ending up with around a dozen in the string rather than the original movie’s three.
The film was refused DVD classification by the BBFC last week on the grounds that “harm is likely to be caused to potential viewers”. According to their ruling, the sequel’s “graphic images of sexual violence, forced defecation and mutilation”, and the fact that “the viewer is invited to witness events from the perspective of the protagonist”, opens up the possibility that the film could “deprave or corrupt a significant proportion of those likely to see [it]”.