Monday, June 6, 2011

HUMAN CENTIPEDE II: FULL SEQUENCE gets banned from the UK...

The lovely new star of FULL SEQUENCE.  Doesn't he look charming?

Last year, Tom Six's THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE: FIRST SEQUENCE made its way around the indie-film circuit. The film's plot of an insane scientist who creates a human centipede by sewing his unwilling victims from mouth to end steamrolled amongst the horror crazed movie goers. It almost became a challenge of who had the endurance to go watch. We here at WDYMS took the challenge, and honestly, we were a let down. Maybe that says something about us, but I say it says something about the end result of the movie. Now, the idea of the movie sounds gruesome and horrendous; however, for supposedly "pushing the envelope", the movie was a lot less graphic than I had imagined.

However, the first movie gathered enough clout from the semi-cult following that the director is made a sequel which he promised to be even more gruesome and "involves a centipede made from sixty-four people.. and will have the tag-line "100% medically inaccurate". Six has stated that with the first film having desensitized audiences to the idea of a human centipede with FIRST SEQUENCE being "My Little Pony" compared with part two.

So with that awesome promise, the sequel went in front of the UK Film Board and has been denied any possibility of release. Here is their statement, as reported by Empire: (statement below contains some pretty gross PLOT SPOILERS....)

This new work, The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence), 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. Unlike the first film, the sequel presents graphic images of sexual violence, forced defecation, and mutilation, and the viewer is invited to witness events from the perspective of the protagonist. Whereas in the first film the ‘centipede’ idea is presented as a revolting medical experiment, with the focus on whether the victims will be able to escape, this sequel presents the ‘centipede’ idea as the object of the protagonist’s depraved sexual fantasy. 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. Examples of this include a scene early in the film in which he masturbates whilst he watches a DVD of the original Human Centipede film, with sandpaper wrapped around his penis, and a sequence later in the film in which he becomes aroused at the sight of the members of the ‘centipede’ being forced to defecate into one another’s mouths, culminating in sight of the man wrapping barbed wire around his penis and raping the woman at the rear of the ‘centipede’. There is little attempt to portray any of the victims in the film as anything other than objects to be brutalized, 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.

So that's a wonderful picture right? 

The producers of the movie have six weeks to appeal the ban, but I have a feeling they probably won't win, nor why would they at this point? Just like other movies, such as SERBIAN FILM, that have such a media buzz going for them before their released to the public and/or festivals, FULL SEQUENCE will be successful no matter what happens. Just the thrill of finding and viewing a banned movie will be enough to fuel the fire for a third (which is already listed in IMDB), and based on the above description, I can't even imagine what the third could entail.  (Children? Babies? Animals and humans together...?)

This should be a fun story to follow with IFC Midnight releasing FULL SEQUENCE later this year. Also, just throwing this out there (and this is by no means anyway true or even a rumor) but with the genre-geek loving Fantastic Fest being a little over three months away, what a fantastic (no pun intended) movie to premiere at that festival.  It would definitely be the hot ticket of the fest.  

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