By Peter Knegt | Indiewire June 7, 2011 at 7:10AM
A day after the British Board of Film Classification banned the sequel to "The Human Centipede" from a theatrical or DVD release in the UK, "Centipede" director Tom Six has lashed out at the organization.
While the BBFC said "The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)" posed a "genuine risk" to viewers and could fall foul of obscenity laws, it did so by outlining a series of plot points about the film on their website.
In an e-mail to e-mail to Empire Magazine, Six wrote:
Thank you BBFC for putting spoilers of my movie on your website and thank you for banning my film in this exceptional way. Apparently I made an horrific horror-film, but shouldn't a good horror film be horrific? My dear people it is a f****cking MOVIE. 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. If people like my movies they have to be able to see it any time, anywhere also in the UK.
The Guardian explained that the BBFC's decision was rare in that "the board refused outright to consider reclassification, no matter what edits were made, ruling that the premise and aesthetic of the film were of themselves offensive enough to pose a danger." The board had stated:
There is little attempt to portray any of the victims in the film as anything other than objects to be brutalised, degraded and mutilated for the amusement and arousal of the central character, as well as for the pleasure of the audience.
In general, the ban has been met with a mixed response, with suggestion it has actually helped publicize "Centipede" (the film was the top trending topic on UK Twitter Tuesday). Also notable is that of the 11 films banned by the BBFC in its 98-year history, only three remain legally unavailable in the UK.
By contrast, it seems unlikely that North American distributor IFC Films would bother submitting "Human Centipede II" to the Motion Picture Association of America, as it released the first one unrated.
When indieWIRE asked IFC Films about the controversy, the company had no comment.