The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has received, viewed and summarily rejected The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence), effectively banning the film in the United Kingdom. The first film - in which a mad scientist surgically connected three hapless individuals via the digestive tract - strained the limits of good taste, but was in the end a serviceable little thriller in which the grotesqueness was infinitely worse in concept than on the screen. After reading the BBFC's description of the content in The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence), it sounds like that may not be the case for the sequel.
Via the BBFC Official Site:
"The principal focus of The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) is 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. [...] 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. There is a strong focus throughout on the link between sexual arousal and sexual violence and a clear association between pain, perversity and sexual pleasure. It is the Board’s conclusion that the explicit presentation of the central character’s obsessive sexually violent fantasies is in breach of its Classification Guidelines and poses a real, as opposed to a fanciful, risk that harm is likely to be caused to potential viewers."
In the interest of keeping Crave Online a PG-13 rated site, we cut some the actual details of the events that transpire in The Human Centipede II out of the above quote, but check out more details here. Suffice it to say the words 'sandpaper' and 'barbed wire' and 'rape' shouldn't belong in the same sentence.
On principle we take issue with the BBFC's ruling, since here in America we take issue with banning any kind of artistic statement based on taste. That being said... Yuck, right?
Crave Online will be back with more Human Centipede II news if we can keep our eyes open long enough.