The R18+ rating for The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence has been revoked by the Australian Classification Review Board, essentially banning the film in its current form.
Does it deserve to be banned? Check out our review here.
The Tom Six directed picture received its rating from
the Board the Australian Classification Board back in May, but NSW Attorney General Greg Smith requested the rating be reconsidered by the Classification Review Board. Smith’s request was followed by an official application by Minister for Justice Brendan O’Connor.
The Board met yesterday, and revealed their decision via press release today:
“In the Review Board’s opinion, The Human Centipede II (full sequence) could not be accommodated within the R 18+ classification as the level of depictions of violence in the film has an impact which is very high.
“In addition, the film must be refused classification because it contains gratuitous, exploitative or offensive depictions of violence with a very high degree of impact and cruelty which has a high impact.”
The Human Centipede 2 was previously refused classification in the UK; after two minutes and 37 seconds of footage was cut, the censors gave it a pass. An edited version was also released in the US last month.
The picture has just completed a tour of the nation, where viewers were invited to see the film in its “uncut” form. It was set for release on DVD and Blu-ray February 23, 2012.
It is likely the distributor Monster Pictures will submit the edited version for reclassification and ensure its Australian release.
Full Sequence follows in the footsteps of A Serbian Film, which was similarly banned in July despite being originally passed by the board several months earlier. That review was requested by South Australian Attorney General John Rau and the campaign group Collective Shout.
(UPDATE: This post was updated to clarify the distinction between the Australian Classification Board and the Classification Review Board. The involvement of Minister for Justice Brendan O’Connor has also been added.)
Discuss: I was lucky enough to host a Q&A screening of the picture with star Laurence R. Harvey and Monster Pictures’ Neil Foley just last weekend. The audience received the picture rapturously, and asked thoughtful questions of both Harvey and Foley. It is a shame that adult Australians will not be able to see the film in its intended form. Not because the film is a masterpiece, but because it is a work of art that encourages discussion (even if that discussion revolves around the idea that the film ‘goes too far’).