Human Centipede distributor vows to appeal BBFC ban

Surprise expressed at UK censor's decision after the film receives an Australian certificate

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The distributors of recently banned horror film The Human Centipede Part II (Full Sequence) have announced their intention to appeal the BBFC’s decision to refuse the film a UK certificate.

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In their notes on the film, the BBFC cited “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”.

Bounty Films MD Tony Romeo, whose company had planned to release the film in this country with Eureka Entertainment, expressed surprise at the film’s treatment by the UK censor:

“In Australia the film has been granted a certificate with no cuts. We are extremely surprised therefore by the BBFC’s decision.”

The BBFC refused The Human Centipede Part II a rating on the grounds
that the film’s high level of sexual violence posed “a real risk” to UK
audiences.  

Human Centipede director Tom Six (pictured above) today expressed his disappointment at the Board’s decision in an email to Empire Online.  “Apparently I made an horrific horror film, but shouldn’t a good horror film be horrific?” he said. 

He added: “It is all fictional. Not real. It is all make-belief. It is art. Give people their own choice to watch it or not. If people can’t handle or like my movies they just don’t watch them.”

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The last high-profile attempt to overturn a BBFC decision was by Rockstar Games, whose controversial title Manhunt 2 was banned by the BBFC in 2007, and only earned a UK release after a year of court battles and extensive edits to the game.