HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2 (FULL SEQUENCE) (2011)
Director Tom Six: "Apparently, I made an horrific horror film, but shouldn't a good horror film be horrific?"
THE FILM: Despite an avalanche of pre-release publicity and a YouTube trailer that landed more than 10 million hits, the first instalment of the Centipede series proved to be something of a box office flop. But at least it made it to screens. The same can't be said for the straight-to-DVD sequel, which was banned outright by the BBFC. The film tells the story of a man who becomes sexually obsessed with a DVD recording of the first film and who imagines putting the 'centipede' idea into practice. Unsurprisingly the BBFC weren't impressed claiming that the film posed "a real, as opposed to a fanciful, risk that harm is likely to be caused to potential viewers".
THE FUSS: Upon its release the BBFC has taken the unusual step of refusing outright toclassify the proposed this straight to DVD sequel on the basis that it was "sexually violent and potentially obscene". The ruling meant that the film could not be legally sold anywhere in the UK, effectively banning the film from landing on these shores. Justifying their decision the BBFC said that there was unacceptable material throughout the film and that no amount of cuts can remedy it for commercial release. They 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 was the first film to be banned outright for almost two years and sparked a media furore over the role of censorship in society.