'Human Centipede 2' no longer banned in Britain


Controversial horror sequel Human Centipede 2 will be screened in UK cinemas after all. In June, the British Board of Film Classification announced that it was refusing to give a certificate to the London-set movie — which stars Laurence R. Harvey as a parking garage attendant who attaches around a dozen people together to create the titular monstrosity — on the grounds that it was potentially obscene. But today the BBFC reversed that decision and granted Human Centipede 2 an “18” classification, after the distributors agreed to make 32 cuts.

In a statement, BBFC president Sir Quentin Thomas, said “When we first examined this work earlier this year we judged that, as submitted, it was unsuitable for classification; and, as we explained to the company, we could not ourselves see how cuts could produce a viable and classifiable work. That remains the view of one of our Vice Presidents, Gerard Lemos, who is therefore abstaining from the Board’s collective decision.”

The BBFC’s decision is sure to delight the film’s writer-director Tom Six, who has wrung the maximum amount of publicity out of the BBFC’s original ruling. Six recently told EW that, when he heard about the ban, “Immediately, I got two strong emotions. One is like, ‘My god, I’m up there now with the Texas Chainsaw Massacre and stuff.’ So that was a proud moment and I knew for marketing reasons that would be amazing. [But] I was really mad, because how can you tell adults not to watch a movie? That’s crazy. That’s from the dinosaur era. Everybody can import films, watch them on the Internet. Banning is not for this time anymore. The BBFC is really promoting illegal downloading.”

Human Centipede 2 opens in America tomorrow. Will you be going to see it? What do you think of the BBFC’s change of heart?

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Comments (19 total) Add your comment
  • Quirky

    How can something be “potentially obscene”? Isn’t it either obscene or not obscene?

    • Matt

      Potentially, yes.

      • Tim

        It is potentially terrible. Actually this has to be the worst horror movie ever made. And I don’t even consider it horror as much as some kind of “Shock” show.

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  • GeeMoney

    I only have one word to describe these movies: EW.

  • anuta

    why does EW keep obsessing with this gross stuff??? There is an article about Human Centipede EVERY day!! Enough.

    • @anuta

      and yet, you continue to read them, don’t you?

  • LingLing

    This is the stupidest movie ever made.

    • @LingLing

      It’s not even out yet idiot. How do you know it’s the stupidest movie ever made? I can still honestly say I’d rather watch this movie than another stale remake of a lousy movie or TV show.

      • LingLing

        I guess you would also have to be stupid to like this movie too.

  • bill sands

    Its in the library – don’t bther uying it or going to see it -

  • DRG

    Why is EW giving daily coverage to this sequel to a fringe cult movie that grossed less that 200,000 at the box office?

    • Brandy

      It’s got you talking about it.

  • Roy Munson

    It’s opening in America tomorrow? Never heard of it.

    Haven’t and won’t watch the first one — Can someone tell me the grossest part? Just curious.

    Tosh’s “spoiler” was pretty awesome

  • Brandy

    It doesn’t so far look to be playing in Boston, which really pisses me off. Me & two of my friends wanted to see it in the theater. It is definitely the kinda movie you want to see the reactions of other viewers. Hope I’m wrong about that & when I check tomorrow it will be in some theater here.

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