Human Centipede II horror film refused classification

07/06/11

Scene from The Human Centipede

The follow-up to horror film Human Centipede has been refused a certificate by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC).

It means the movie won't be allowed to be released in the UK on DVD.

The original, about a scientist who grafts three kidnap victims together, was given an 18 certificate and was shown in cinemas.

But the BBFC says there would be a "real risk of harm to viewers" if the Human Centipede II was released.

The organisation says no amount of cuts would allow them to give the new film a certificate and said the movie may fall foul of the Obscene Publications Act.

Distributors wanted to release the film on DVD but the BBFC's ruling means it can't be legally supplied in the UK.

The film poses a real, as opposed to a fanciful, risk that harm is likely to be caused to potential viewers
British Board of Film Classification

The organisation says the point of the film was 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".

In a statement it added: "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.

"The film poses a real, as opposed to a fanciful, risk that harm is likely to be caused to potential viewers."

The first Human Centipede film, directed by Tom Six, came out last year.

The sequel deals with a man who becomes "sexually obsessed" with a DVD recording of the original film but has yet to be given a release date in America.

Japanese horror film Grotesque was the last film refused a classification in the UK in 2009.