Tuesday, 7 June 2011

BBFC Bans The Human Centipede II

  The Human Centipede is a Dutch horror film about a German doctor who kidnaps three tourists and sews them together, mouth to anus, to create the creature to which the film is named.  Disgusting, I know, but apparently people enjoy this kind of feature and it is a sort of cult classic today.

  Unfortunately, director Tom Six went about creating a sequel to this film.  It would move on from the 'torture-porn' of the first film, exploring 'the human condition' and focusing on the victims' attempts to escape, to focusing a man who gets sexual satisfaction from such things.  Rightly so, in my opinion, the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) have rejected the film to be released in Britain in any kind of way.

  I haven't seen either film and have never intended to.  After reading the BBFC's reasoning behind banning the film, I want to steer clear of them even more so and totally agree with their ruling.  The argument of freedom of speech comes into this and the film's creator disagrees with the idea that his film should be banned:
" My dear people it is a fucking 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."
   The BBFC said that "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".  How Mr Six can imagine that this is art and should even be available for people to see is beyond me.  I think he was lucky to be given a certificate to show the first film, let alone this sexually violent sequel.

  This is such a rare occurrence at the BBFC, who are well aware of the opposition to censorship and the championing of freedom of speech, which goes to show the extremes that the film goes to.  My only worry is that this will give the film more publicity than it deserves (ie. any whatsoever).   Some films are in a grey area of morality but others cross a line.

  Please do not watch this film, or its predecessor; don't give this kind of evil a place in this world.  It's bad enough as it is.