Wednesday, June 8, 2011

BFC bans The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)-Protecting the public or oppressing them?

The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)
The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)
The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)

Director Tom Six seemed a bit disappointed in people’s reaction to The Human Centipede. The horror community was divided on it (as they are on most films), but it quickly gained a loyal following. However most hard core fans agree it was far from the most disturbing film of all time. In fact it was far from it. It didn’t help that A Serbian Film had the horror, and general film fans aghast at it’s depravity. Also talk of The Woman, and the Sundance incident lead many to consider it somewhat tame.

The Human Centipede was successful enough to warrant a sequel though and director Six promised this would be far and away more disturbing. A film to make the original look like My Little Pony, he claimed. Now advance world from Britain leads us to think he could have succeeded.

The project has been closely guarded. Rumors have ran rampant about the cast with all three of the “victims” from the first film rumored to be part of The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence). It has finally been confirmed by Ashlynn Yennie, that she will reprise her role in the sequel. Akihiro Kitamura just confirmed yesterday (6/7/2011) that he will NOT be in the sequel. So far I have not heard confirmation that Ashley C. Williams will or will not be a part of the project.

What little we know of the film is due to spoilers from the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC). Why did the BBFC release spoilers? Because they were justifying their banning of the film. Unlike the BBFC I will not release any spoilers other than those casting choices, which have both been confirmed by the celebrities. The spoilers are all over the web if you want to read them and they are graphic.

In all honesty, I’m not sure at this point if I will see the film. Some of it’s themes are ones I usually avoid. Still that’s not the point. I am an adult and I deserve the right to make that decision. It is film, not real life. If it does not break laws then there is no excuse for banning film. And by laws I mean laws that are in place for the protection of the innocent such as child abuse or child labor, actual scenes of murder or rape.

Too many times government uses censorship to protect itself, to push it’s agenda. Do a search of banned films and you might be shocked at what is banned around the world, even in “free” countries. It’s true Britain is not one of the worst offenders, and also true that The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) will be a disturbing, disgusting film, but this sets a bad precedent.

It also is a set back from freedom of expression. Let the film be seen, let people discuss it, argue about it and protest over it. Who knows some good may come from this film in the discussion. Adults deserve and should the demand to make their own decisions without the government babysitting us. Ban this film, no matter how disturbing and you make it easier to ban the next. Demand your rights, demand that the BBFC drop the ban

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