Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Human Centipede

If the decision of a British film board is allowed to stand, “The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence),” the sequel to Tom Six’s freak-out horror anti-classic “The Human Centipede (First Sequence),” can never be seen by British audiences, in theaters, on home video or by download. Although based on the board’s description of the film, it’s not clear how many cinephiles will be in a hurry to check it out.
The Guardian reported that the British Board of Film Classification would not give even its strictest rating to the “Human Centipede” sequel, saying that the film poses a “real risk” to audiences and that no amount of editing would make it acceptable.
In the original “Human Centipede” a mad scientist surgically fuses three hostages from mouth to anus so that their bodies form one continuous digestive tract. Reviewing the film for The New York Times, Jeannette Catsoulis described it as a “must-see for coprophiliacs and spanking enthusiasts,” noting that Mr. Six has promised a sequel that will make his original film “look like ‘My Little Pony.’ ”
The British Board of Film Classification did not invoke “My Little Pony” in refusing certification for “Human Centipede II,” but it said the film makes “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.”
The Guardian said the new film centers on a man who tries to duplicate the cruel experiment depicted in the original movie, and includes a scene in which the character tries to rape a woman while he has barbed wire wrapped around his penis.
In the history of the classification board, the Guardian said it has banned 11 films but subsequently approved 8 of them, including “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and “Freaks.”