Eureka Entertainment, the UK distributor of Australia's Bounty Films, announced in a press release today that after four months of expensive campaigning, THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE II (FULL SEQUENCE), which was banned outright by the BBFC back in June, has been granted an 18 certificate and will see a release in cinemas and on home entertainment formats. However, the film will be cut by almost three minutes.
Tom Six's controversial black-and-white sequel had its (uncut) world premiere at Fantastic Fest last month and was met with mixed reactions. Many viewers commented that it depicted violence purely for the sake of violence, much like the BBFC's report suggested, while others lauded it for being such a boundless horror film.
It is interesting to note that the powers that be in Australia have passed THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE II uncut, yet films such as CALIGULA, BAISE-MOI and the recent A SERBIAN FILM are banned. All three have 18 certificates in Britain, however.
So, which scenes are facing the chop at the behest of the BBFC? Look away if you do not wish to be spoiled and/or reviled.
From the BBFC website:
Company was required to make 32 individual cuts to scenes of sexual and sexualised violence, sadistic violence and humiliation, and a child presented in an abusive and violent context. In this case, cuts included: a man masturbating with sandpaper around his penis; graphic sight of a man's teeth being removed with a hammer; graphic sight of lips being stapled to naked buttocks; graphic sight of forced defecation into and around other people's mouths; a man with barbed wire wrapped around his penis raping a woman; a newborn baby being killed; graphic sight of injury as staples are torn away from individuals' mouth and buttocks. Cuts required in accordance with BBFC Guidelines, policy and the Video Recordings Act 1984.
This is an important victory for Eureka Entertainment, who plan to announce the release details next week.
Did you attend the world premiere? What did you think?
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