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Britain removes ban on “Human Centipede II” following cuts

Britain removes ban on “Human Centipede II” following cuts (photo)

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Just hours before the film is scheduled to open in the United States, the British Board of Film Classification has overturned their ban on “The Human Centipede II,” awarding it an 18 rating (basically an NC-17, without the porno stigma) after the producers agreed to a whopping 2 minutes and 37 seconds worth of cuts. According to the BBFC’s ruling, the filmmakers made “32 individual cuts to scenes of sexual and sexualized violence, sadistic violence and humiliation, and a child presented in an abusive and violent context.” Why is it always about cutting stuff with “The Human Centipede?”

When I interviewed “Centipede” director Tom Six at Fantastic Fest last month, I asked about the banning, and whether he would ultimately be willing to cut the film to get it shown in England. Here’s what he had to say:

Is “Part II” still banned in the UK?

The distributor is still fighting the banning, trying to find a way to overturn it. On the one hand, I’m really irritated that they banned it. On the other hand, I’m very happy to be part of a list of eleven films like “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” that were banned in the UK. We’re proud to be amongst those ranks.

Would you be willing to cut parts of the film in order to get it released in England?

Sure. I’d hate to cut it though. It’s my film and I want to present it in the way I made it. But if it’s necessary, yeah. I want to show it to people.

So it was a necessary evil, I guess. Or a necessary good? The moral universe of “The Human Centipede” is so confusing sometimes. At least with these cuts, Six is bringing people together — wait, wait! Sorry, poor choice of words.

A description of the specific cuts is available for your perusal on the BBFC website, but since it’s basically a detailed list of all the horrible things you’ll see in the movie (or won’t see in the movie, sorry chaps), you should look at it at your own peril. I’m having a hard time contextualizing how much 2 minutes and 37 seconds worth of cuts really is. It sounds like a lot, and it is more than 1% of the entire film gone completely. Then again, the last act of the film is basically wall-to-wall torture. Assuming the filmmakers made their cuts with more precision than Martin, the mentally unwell “hero” and untrained surgeon of “HC2,” it shouldn’t make that big of a difference.

Would you rather see “The Human Centipede II” cut or uncut? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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