mc_squared Posted June 7, 2011 Share Posted June 7, 2011 Is this the sickest movie ever made? Film board refuses to classify Human Centipede 2 as it could ‘harm viewers’ By Daily Mail Reporter Last updated at 1:12 PM on 7th June 2011 The UK's movie ratings body has taken the unusual step of refusing outright to classify a new horror film - and warned there was a real risk of harm to viewers. Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) is the sequel to 2009's stomach-churning German movie about a mad scientist who grafts three kidnap victims together by stitching them mouth to anus. The sequel - which was shot in London with an all-British cast - deals with a man who becomes 'sexually obsessed' with a DVD recording of the original film and wants to put the idea into practice. Sick sequel: The British Board of Film Classification has refused to grant a certificate to the follow-up to 2009's The Human Centipede At the helm: Tom Six, Dutch director of both Human Centipede films, said the original gorefest was like 'My Little Pony compared to part two'. He is seen here in the teaser trailer for the sequel Instead of examining whether the victims will escape the horrific medical experiment, the new film looks at the sexual fantasies of the torturer and the humiliation and mutilation he inflicts. An online teaser released to promote the new film called it 'the sickest movie of all time'. But the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has ruled no amount of cuts would allow them to give the new film a certificate and said it may fall foul of the Obscene Publications Act. The original Human Centipede (First Sequence) film was given an 18 certificate and was shown in cinemas and film festivals before being released on DVD. Graphic horror: Dieter Laser as mad surgeon Dr Heiter in the first Human Centipede film Dutch director, Tom Six, who helmed both films, promised part one would be 'My Little Pony compared to part two' - which is said to feature a 12-person 'human centipede'. THE POWER OF THE BBFC Since 1912, the film classifier has been the arbiter of good taste... Recent bans include Grotesque (2009) - a Japanese horror film which featured sexual sadism - and A Serbian Film (2010) - featuring sexual violence.Several films that were originally banned have since been shown in their uncut version, including Tod Browning's Freaks (1932) and Tobe Hooper's The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974).Battleship Potemkin was refused a certificate in 1933 until the Fifties. It is now a PG.The Wild Ones was banned in 1955, got an X in 1967 and is also now a PG. Film distributors had applied to release the follow-up, The Human Centipede 2, on DVD but its rejection means it cannot be legally supplied in the UK. The BBFC concluded that the thrust 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'. It said: '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 BBFC said the film breached classification guidelines and 'poses a real, as opposed to a fanciful, risk that harm is likely to be caused to potential viewers'. The first film caused a stir when it was released last year by Six but it was thought to be suitable for adult viewing. Fear factor: A still from The Human Centipede (Ashley Williams and Ashlynn Yennie, above) which, though grisly, did gain an 18 certificate The poster from the original film Although set in Germany, it was filmed in the Netherlands. The cast includes Dieter Laser as the mad scientist Dr Heiter - and his three victims are Ashley Williams (as Lindsay), Ashlynn Yennie (Jenny) and Akihiro Kitamura (Katsuro). The ratings body said that 'although the concept of the film was undoubtedly tasteless and disgusting, it was a relatively traditional and conventional horror film'. At the time of the original film's release, celebrated U.S. film critic Roger Ebert said: 'I am required to award stars to movies I review. 'This time, I refuse to do it. 'The star rating system is unsuited to this film. Is the movie good? Is it bad? Does it matter? 'It is what it is and occupies a world where the stars don't shine.' In it together: Ashley Williams as Lindsay in the original film, in which she was surgically stitched along with two others to make a 'human centipede' Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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