BBFC grant 18 certificate to Human Centipede 2, still dragging heels on barbed wire rape scene

Thursday October 6th 2011

Just weeks after it premiered to decidedly lacklustre reviews (as well as a few ‘oh it’s so boring, dahhhling’ op-eds from the usual suspects) at Austin’s Fantastic Fest, The Human Centipede 2 has had its infamous BBFC ban repealed and has now been issued an 18 certificate after cuts. Go go gadget blockquote:

“We are really pleased that after nearly 4 months of detailed discussion and debate, we have been able to reach an agreement with the BBFC and to produce a very viable cut of the film which will both excite and challenge its fans. Naturally we have a slight disappointment that we have had to make cuts, but we feel that the storyline has not been compromised and the level of horror has been sustained.”
– Ian Sadler, Sales Director for Eureka Entertainment

There’s no word yet on the exact length of the cuts but Eureka promise further details early next week when they announce their plans for the UK theatrical and DVD release. In a way, they must be quite relieved that they didn’t come out of all this with an uncut release — lack of availability is pretty much the only thing the movie’s got going for it at this point.

UPDATE: The BBFC’s online entry for the film has now been updated, offering a DVD release date of November 4th 2011 and describing cuts of 2min 37sec. They give the following details:

“Cuts included: a man masturbating with sandpaper around his penis; graphic sight of a man’s teeth being removed with a hammer; graphic sight of lips being stapled to naked buttocks; graphic sight of forced defecation into and around other people’s mouths; a man with barbed wire wrapped around his penis raping a woman; a newborn baby being killed; graphic sight of injury as staples are torn away from individuals’ mouth and buttocks.”