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Director Tom Six Responds to UK’s “Human Centipede 2” Ban

Director Tom Six Responds to UK’s “Human Centipede 2” Ban (photo)

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Empire has updated their story about the British Board of Film Classification’s complete ban of any UK release of the upcomingThe Human Centipede Part 2 (Full Sequence)” with an email statement they received from the film’s director, Tom Six (they also note that the censored F-word contained in the email, which I’ve excerpted below, was his choice, not theirs):

“Apparently I made an horrific horror-film, but shouldn’t a good horror film be horrific? My dear people it is a f****cking MOVIE. It is all fictional. Not real. It is all make-belief. 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.”

Now I haven’t seen “The Human Centipede Part 2” yet, so I can’t come out and say the BBFC was wrong when they claimed that the film “poses a real, as opposed to a fanciful, risk that harm is likely to be caused to potential viewers.” But what are they claiming here? What is the “real” risk they’re worried about? That customers will be horrified, shocked, or upset? As Six accurately asks in his response, isn’t that the point? “The Human Centipede” is a story of people sewn ass-to-mouth by a mad scientist. If you go in looking for an uplifting story about the triumph of the human spirit, that’s your own fault.

Without getting into those same spoilers that the BBFC divulged, it sounds to me, based on the plot they describe and the wording they use in warning audiences, like they might be worried about “Centipede Part 2” sparking copycats. First of all, I find it absurd to hold any film, no matter how violent or depraved, responsible for the actions of any adult (children, of course are different — you can be sure I wouldn’t let my kids see “The Human Centipede”). But to worry about people actually copying “The Human Centipede” of all things? “Hm, y’know I never thought about kidnapping people and sewing them ass-to-mouth before, but this movie makes a lot of sense! Where’s that med school application I so callously tossed in the trash last week?” If they are truly worried that people might make their own human centipedes, then the BBFC is crazier than anyone in a horror movie.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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