Ban this Six filth? Yes we will, says Bri­tish board

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

Cen­sor­ship is back in vogue. The Bri­tish Board of Film Clas­si­fi­ca­tion has as­ton­ished film an­a­lysts by re­fus­ing a cer­tifi­cate to the se­quel to Tom Six’s no­to­ri­ous hor­ror film The Hu­man Cen­tipede.

Ticket read­ers will re­call that the first film (cover your eyes, Aun­tie Mau­reen) fo­cused on a mad sci­en­tist who grafted the mouths of cer­tain un­for­tu­nate cap­tives on to the bot­toms of oth­ers to cre­ate a many-legged en­tity that re­cy­cled bod­ily waste in sin­gu­larly un­pleas­ant fash­ion.

The de­ci­sion is un­usual in that the board re­fused to con­sider re­clas­si­fi­ca­tion, even if the film was heav­ily re­cut. A state­ment read: “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.”

Six, who savours this sort of pub­lic­ity, re­acted in char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally volatile style. “Ap­par­ently, I made a hor­rific hor­ror film, but shouldn’t a good hor­ror film be hor­rific?” he wrote in an email. “My dear peo­ple it is a f***ing MOVIE. It is all fic­tional. Not real. It is all make-be­lieve. 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.”

The BBFC has banned only 11 films in its 98-year his­tory (in­clud­ing, in chrono­log­i­cal or­der, The Wild One, The Last House on the Left, The Texas Chain Saw Mas­sacre, Mikey and Grotesque).

At time of writ­ing, The Hu­man Cen­tipede (Full Se­quence) had not been sub­mit­ted to the Ir­ish Film Clas­si­fi­ca­tion Of­fice.

Creepy-crawly: the first Hu­man Cen­tipede went di­rect to DVD in Ire­land

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