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THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE II (FULL SEQUENCE) <span>(2011)</span> artwork


Type Feature

Approx. Running minutes 84

Release dates 04/11/2011

BBFCInsight Contains very strong bloody violence and gore, and sexual violence

Genre(s) Horror, Drama

Director(s) Tom Six

Cast includes Ashlyn Yennie, Laurence R. Harvey, Maddi Black, Kendace Caine, Dominic Borrelli

Cut versions One or more versions of this work have been cut. Cuts are detailed for each respective version found under "Related works".

Rejects Some versions of this work have been rejected. Details of each rejected version can be found under "Related works".

BBFCinsight publication date 25/10/2011

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE II (FULL SEQUENCE) is a horror sequel, this time about an asthmatic London car park attendant called Martin who has become obsessed with the film THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE (FIRST SEQUENCE). Martin decides to kidnap a number of people and construct his own 'human centipede' by stapling them together. The film was classified '18' for very strong bloody violence and gore, and sexual violence. Prior to classification, the BBFC required cuts to remove several elements of sexual and sexualised violence, sadistic violence and humiliation, and a child presented in an abusive and violent context.

The film contains a number of sequences of very strong bloody violence and gore. As Martin begins to construct the 'centipede', which involves attaching the mouth of each victim to the anus of the next, we see Martin smashing teeth out with a hammer, cutting skin, cutting ligaments, and stapling mouths to anuses. This procedure is often shown in graphic detail, with resultant sight of blood loss and gory injuries. The film also features other acts of mutilation and violence, including bloody bullet impacts, a tongue being pulled out, and sight of throats being cut. These scenes significantly exceed the terms of the BBFC's Guidelines at '15', which state 'Violence may be strong but should not dwell on the infliction of pain or injury. The strongest gory images are unlikely to be acceptable. Strong sadistic or sexualised violence is also unlikely to be acceptable'.

The film also contains scenes of sexual and sexualised violence, most notably a sequence in which Martin rapes the woman at the end of his 'centipede'. He is shown thrusting into the naked woman, although in the classified version the duration of the scene and the emphasis on both male and female nudity has been significantly reduced. Elsewhere in the film, it is implied that Martin is masturbating with sandpaper whilst viewing a DVD of THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE (FIRST SEQUENCE). However, the classified version of the film is significantly less explicit.

After he has created his 'centipede', Martin attempts to reconstruct one of the most notorious scenes in THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE (FIRST SEQUENCE) by administering a laxative to the members of the 'centipede', in order to make them defecate into each other's mouths. In the classified version of the film, the defecation is largely implied, although there is brief sight of faeces exploding from the anuses of his victims.

At '18' the Guidelines state 'In line with the consistent findings of the BBFC’s public consultations and The Human Rights Act 1998, at '18' the BBFC's guideline concerns will not normally override the principle that adults should be free to choose their own entertainment. Exceptions are most likely in the following areas [...] where material or treatment appears to the BBFC to risk harm to individuals or, through their behaviour, to society – for example, any detailed portrayal of violent or dangerous acts, or of illegal drug use, which may cause harm to public health or morals. This may include portrayals of sexual or sexualised violence which might, for example, eroticise or endorse sexual assault'. Although the BBFC was clear that the original version of the film was potentially harmful in its portrayal of violent acts and sexual and sexualised violence, the classified version of the film, which omits the most explicit moments of sadistic violence, sexual and sexualised violence, and the killing of a newborn baby, does not pose a credible harm risk, although some viewers may find it very distressing.

The film also features graphic sight of a pregnant woman's waters breaking and the woman subsequently giving birth. It also features extensive male and female nudity, verbal references to sexual abuse and paedophilia, strong sex references, strong and very strong language, and discriminatory language.


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