The Hollywood Reporter posted news that the British Board of Film Classification (the BBFC is the UK equivalent of the MPAA) is banning ‘Full Sequence’, the sequel to the foreign horror film ‘The Human Centipede’, for being “sexually violent and potentially obscene.” Aren’t the days of banning films over yet?
The BBFC was great at banning movies in the last century, but ‘Full Sequence’ marks only the second film to be banned in the 2000s. In the 1970s, the BBFC blocked ‘The Last House on the Left’, ‘The Exorcist’, ‘A Clockwork Orange’ and ‘The Texas Chain Saw Massacre’. Meanwhile, the only films to be banned nationwide in the United States since 1969 were all due to legal issues such as copyrights, licenses or lawsuits.
The only other movie to be banned in the UK this century is 2009’s ‘Grotesque’, a graphic Japanese horror film whose plot description resembles that of ‘Full Sequence’. According to IMDb: “An unnamed doctor has always had everything he’s ever wanted, but that has only made him develop more extreme and depraved needs. He kidnaps a young couple in the prime of their life together and forces them into a game of torment that slowly extinguishes their hopes for survival.” Reviews describe this torture-filled snuff film as containing sequences of extreme mutilation – all for the sexual pleasure of the psychopathic central character. Apparently, ‘Full Sequence’ depicts how the new ‘Human Centipede’ doctor also gets off while mutilating living beings. The BBFC doesn’t approve.
The BBFC’s official statement reads: “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. … 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.”
While I enjoy my fair share of gross horror movies, personally, ‘Full Sequence’ doesn’t sound like my masochistic cup of tea. But for some people it is, and they should have the right to choose to see it or not. Aside from the sexual arousal part, ‘Full Sequence’ doesn’t sound all that different from the original ‘Human Centipede’, which the BBFC didn’t ban.
‘The Human Centipede’ didn’t perform well in the UK, so ‘Full Sequence’ presumably wouldn’t either. There’s only one tiny audience that ‘The Human Centipede’ appeals to, and that’s the type of audience that will find a way to see if they have to – legally or not. Banning it from theatrical and DVD releases will only force those who want to see it to hop onto BitTorrent and download it illegally. The BBFC may be able to stop it from being shown in theaters or being available at the local video store, but someone who really wants to see it will find a way.
[Source: The Hollywood Reporter]