It’s generally not a good sign when anyone in a horror movie wields a sharp instrument, but by taking some editing scissors to his film “The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence),” the director Tom Six has gained the right to show it in Britain, reversing a ban imposed by the British Board of Film Classification.

‘The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)’

In his review of the film for The Times, Andy Webster writes, “in place of novelty we have dank interiors and black-and-white photography. Still missing is that lingering subtext, leaving only a lurid, splattery wallow in grime, blood and excrement.

In June that board, Britain’s equivalent to the Motion Picture Association of America, said that it would give no rating at all to “The Human Centipede 2,” Mr. Six’s second entry in a series of shock films about madmen who kidnap people and sew them up from one end to the other. Explaining its decision at the time, which prevented the movie from being legally sold or shown anywhere in Britain, the board said it was “sexually violent,” “potentially obscene,” and posed “a real, as opposed to a fanciful, risk” to its audience; the board also said no amount of editing to the film could undo its decision.

But on Thursday the board said it had certified “The Human Centipede 2″ for viewers 18 and older after 2 minutes 37 seconds of footage were removed from the film. In a statement it said the film’s British distributor “was required to make 32 individual cuts to scenes of sexual and sexualized violence, sadistic violence and humiliation, and a child presented in an abusive and violent context.” Among the scenes removed were the “graphic sight of a man’s teeth being removed with a hammer; graphic sight of lips being stapled to naked buttocks,” and, well, quite a bit more.

A version of “The Human Centipede 2″ is scheduled to be released in the United States on Friday by IFC Films. Discussing the British ban of the moviein an interview with The New York Times, Mr. Six seemed somewhat but not entirely disappointed. “I thought, my God, this is brilliant for the marketing,” he said

Movies seen in 2012 - #79: The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) (2011) Rating: F

The Human Centipede 2 is about Martin who is inspired by the fictional Dr. Heiter, disturbed loner Martin dreams of creating a 12-person centipede and sets out to realize his sick fantasy.(IMDb) Let me just start off by saying this one of the most disgusting films I have ever seen. Director, Tom Six, captures the gruesomeness of everything very well and has a little potential to be good. Having The Human Centipede 2 in black and white really adds to the film. I think it makes little more disgusting in black and white. Tom Six is just a shock value director and that’s it. Tom Six also write this film and there isn’t much to the script. It’s just a disgusting story to get people cringing. As far as the performances go they aren’t good, except for Laurence Harvey who plays Martin. Harvey gives an unsettling performance for a disgusting character. He’s really gross to watch and I found myself at times taking my eyes of the screen. The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) is a disgusting film that is made for shock value. If you want to watch this film go for it, but I don’t recommend it. 

#397 The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) (2011) Dir. Tom Six

Aside from the usual criticisms, this movie actually has a lot going for it. As a horror-sequel it’s quite ingenious. The cinematography is surprisingly effective and while the black and white screams “this is artistic, take me seriously!” at times, I have to admit I liked it. The sound design is also really vivid and a lot of thought has obviously been put into it. The grimy, dirty, damp atmosphere shines through. Any film that wakens strong memories of Eraserhead must be doing something right. Tom Six is a really odd fucking guy but he has massively improved on the first film. I hate to say it, but this is actually a pretty solid horror movie. It’s morals are questionable but I’ve seen much much worse. 

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The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) Trailer


Over a year ago, back when this was a horror film review site, I argued that The Human Centipede was an allegory of mankind’s capability to relive the Nazi atrocities. Now I’m not so sure. Following Martin, a ‘retarded’ car park security guard obsessed with the original film seeks to make his own centipede, with no medical training and a lot of staples/duct tape. The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw asks in a wholly disinterested manner 'Did the director intend a postmodern commentary on copycat violence?’ and I stand the floor and say 'aye’. But only so much in that he is instead ridiculing the mere idea of it. You would have to be a lonely, mentally deficient young man with much too much time on his hands, Six appears to say. The performances are terrible, for the most part, but see the first sequence for that. Six is still a master of gore, especially on such a low budget. He  clearly cites Psycho as an influence and pushes the boundaries so very far. Not particularly worth seeing but possibly a little more intelligent than it was given credit for. Oh, and there is a reason why it’s shot in Black and White but I’ll let you find that out for yourselves.


The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence), directed by Tom Six, has a whopping marketing push behind it. The first Human Centipede is puzzling. How does a movie with a premise so twisted contain barely any gore? For the sequel, cornball director Tom Six was determined to make the film that horror fans wanted to see the first time around, so it’s a shock that part 2’s in black and white. Six said he shot it in color but always had a strong feeling that he’d flip a switch on his editing software and turn his color cinematography black and white. I don’t think that’s how Gordon Willis shot Manhattan, but whatever. Other shocks follow, but they’re more related to poop than to filmmaking techniques.

Martin is inspired by the first Human Centipede film to create his own medical experiment, with twelve bodies instead of three, because more is always better in the mind of an idiot. We constantly hear a baby crying throughout, even when there’s no baby visible in a scene. Wouldn’t be modern horror if it didn’t have a baby and/or a fetus somewhere. The pace is veeeerrrrryyyy sssssllllloooooowwwww, without the mystery of a film like Eraserhead, so sometimes The Human Centipede 2 feels like a straight-up waste of time. It’s a labor to get through because Six is a cut-rate director who couldn’t create atmosphere in a bio-dome. The scenes come off as set-up, contrived, probably rushed. I got the feeling that his only concern was to make what he thinks the audience wants to see. Though the sequel is sicker than the first, Martin’s not as entertaining as the original doctor because Martin’s an idiot, or at least he acts like one, with barely any dialogue and an over-obsession with a stupid horror movie. The teaser for The Human Centipede 2, where Six thinks at the camera (what exactly is happening in the trailer? Is the voiceover supposed to be Six’s thoughts? I’ll bet he didn’t speak because he isn’t confident enough with English, so he had someone write out a speech that he read from. Think that’s even his voice?), is super lame and makes Six seem insecure. Can we stop saying bad movies are shocking? This is the cinematic equivalent of a 14 year-old internet troll. It contains clear Nokia product placement, which makes sense given the film’s co-financer, IFC. If Nokia phones scare and disturb you, check this movie out. Catherine Breillat’s Fat Girl, Vincent Gallo’s The Brown Bunny, David Defalco’s Chaos, and Gaspar Noe’s Irreversible eat this movie alive, because the quality of those films makes them resonate emotionally. When a movie’s as obvious and stupid as The Human Centipede 2 (why does the pregnant lady die forty different times? Why does Martin just lay there and let the chick put the centipede in his ass? And woah, woah, woah, is it all a dream?), I’m just like, “Uh-huh.” Even Martyrs and A Serbian Film put this clunker to shame.

The best quote I’ve read about this movie is from Matt Glasby, from something called Total Film, listed on Rotten Tomatoes with the line, “Despite its self-awareness, and the central performance, this is still a grubby hack job about a grubby whack-job whacking off grubbily.”

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