Comparison between the shortened UK DVD (BBFC 18) and the uncut Video-on-demand version from bountyfilms.com
- 27 cuts
- Difference in time: 182.1 sec (= 3:02 min)
All information on differences in time refers to PAL speed.
In 2009, director Tom Six released The Human Centipede: First Sequence which was an appeal for genre fans just because of its concept. Apparently, the movie was based on a humorously vicious statement that every child abuser should be punished in this way. The plot revolves around a crazy German scientist who wants to build a human centipede by seaming several persons together mouth to derriere.
The whole thing was advertised with the slogan "100% medically accurate" which was (allegedly) confirmed by a surgeon who was present while the movie was shot. What was actually surprising was the fact that Dr. Heiter acts so serious and that the movie is not all that graphic - the shock value rather comes from your inner cinema as well as the psychotic acting of Dieter Laser. It's a comparatively intelligent piece of distusting cinema which was able to dodge all the criticism of being "torture porn".
During the production of the first movie, Six already announced that he was working on a sequel which was going to make the first part look like a kid's movie. In fact, The Human Centipede II: Full Sequence goes into a completely different direction in terms of style: it takes place on a meta level, where the first part exists as a movie and an insane fan of the movie - a rather chubby man named Martin - wants to re-enact the film's plot. Since he doesn't have the same medical skills to pull the act off, this movie - opposite to its slogan "100% medically inaccurate" - is pretty chaotic. Teeth are getting smashed out with a hammer, the sewing gets done with a stapler - thus, the sequel shows everything one might have imagined seeing after hearing of the first movie. The film is full of blood and torture which is not really mitigated by converting to black and white.
Overview of the different versions:
In the following segment, we're trying to show you - as far as possible chronologically - the individual releases of the movie.
1. Great Britain
Runtime: 84:21 min (PAL DVD) / 87:57 min (Blu-ray)
Runtime: 88:01 min (NTSC)
Runtime: unknown (allegedly 91 min)
Runtime: unknown (allegedly missing out on 30 seconds)
Runtime: 87:12 min (PAL) / about 90:55 min in NTSC
In the BBFC's press release from October 6th you could read that the BBFC's decision was refuted and that most of the censors accepted to rate the movie after several cuts were made. It's interesting to mention that the BBFC's vice president referred to the decision from June and thus still refused to rate the movie.
With roughly 30 censored scenes, the British version might appear heavily butchered. However, one has to keep in mind that quite a few violent scenes were not censored and that the cuts were made with caution: despite the censorship, there aren't too many continuity errors or "choppy" scenes. Overall, this version is still watchable.
Of course, if you're really interested in the movie, you should watch an uncut version.
Besides the sexual aspects (which didn't have to be toned down as much as for the US-VOD) the UK version misses out on the squashing of the baby, a part of the cruel scene where a few teeth are being smashed out with a hammer and quite a few shots of passing dung through the centipede. The only scene which was not even suggestively included is the scene with the baby. However, you won't miss it if you don't know it. At other parts of the film you only miss out on the most violent parts of the scenes, thus the sense of the scene isn't lost.
A rather quaint part of the UK version is additional dark flickering which slightly retouches the rape scene. You might not even notice it because there are some other scenes in the movie that include dark flickering (e.g. the scene inside the warehouse). It is possible that the BBFC censors counted this "stylisic device" more than once, which is why they talk about 32 cuts, while in our report we could only find 30 cuts.
Time designations will be listed as follows:
UK DVD in PAL / Uncut VOD in PAL
00:00 / 00:00-00:11
Only the Uncut-VOD includes the Monster Pictures Logo; on the UK DVD/Blu-Ray this is shown in a separate file before the actual movie starts.
Uncut 11 sec longer
27:45 / 27:56-28:08
Martin wraps the sandpaper around his penis.
At least the last shot of his face was included in the UK version - unlike the US VOD version.
27:58 / 28:20-28:23
Just before the movie cuts back to the girl in the parking garage you see a close-up shot of Martin masturbating with the sandpaper in his hand.
53:42 / 54:06-54:10
Another shot of Martin looking in tent; then he smashes two more teeth out of his neighbour's mouth.
53:43 / 54:11-54:21
A few more hits damage the rest of the teeth.
53:45 / 54:22-54:40
The next cut follows right after the tool landed on the table: Martin pulls the loose teeth out of the mouth with his hands.
59:13 / 60:08-60:12
A close-up shot of Kim's lips getting stapled to Candy's derriere.
59:17 / 60:16-60:18
Another shot of Kim.
59:21 / 60:22-60:26
Martin waves the stapler around in front of her face.
70:36 / 71:41-71:45
In between 2 shots of Martin laughing (which follow right after each other in the UK version and result in an ugly jumpcut) you see dung running down on one of the victim's derriere since Martin apparently didn't "seam" them together properly.
70:38 / 71:47-71:52
Another jumpcut in the UK version (in this scene it's supposed to look like an intentional stylistic device): another part of passing the dung through the centipede was cut out; you just see Martin laughing.
70:41 / 71:55-71:57
Ditto, the camera lense gets a slight brown (!) color.
70:44 / 72:00-72:02
Ditto, before the dung finally reaches the end of the centipede.
70:50 / 72:08-72:13
When Martin becomes rather reflective you see 2 shots of the victims.
You don't really notice the cut since the "framing" shot of Martin is shown in one piece.
70:53 / 72:16-72:18
Another shot where some dung runs down one of the men's derriere and thus also the mouth of the person behind.
72:02 / 73:27-73:56
Martin bends down (the beginning of this shot was included in the UK version - unlike the US-VOD!), picks up a piece of barbwire and wraps it around his penis. Then you see the girl nervously looking around.
The first few frames of the following shot were extended by using some dark flickering.
72:07 / 74:01-74:07
Close-up shot of the barbwire wrapped around his penis. Then you see Martin standing behind the centipede a little earlier.
After that you in the UK version see Martin standing behind the centipede. The rest of this shot was edited with dark flickering so that you can't really see the barbwire.
Here you can see a comparison, however, the brightness varies throughout the scene.
72:07-72:08 / 74:07-74:12
In the UK version you see a few additional frames of the black screen. After that you see Martin behind the centipede - he's already on his knees.
In the uncut version you actually see a long shot and the shot of Martin behind the centipede begins a little earlier. He goes down on his knees.
Uncut 4.4 sec longer
72:30 / 74:34-74:40
A shot where Martin thrusts several times.
72:33 / 74:43-74:46
72:40 / 74:53-74:58
After the long shot it happens again.
72:49 / 75:07-75:15
72:51 / 75:17-75:24
Ditto, the girl unsuccessfully waves her arms around several times.
73:07 / 75:40-75:41
After you saw Martin climaxing the UK version again uses the dark flickering to retouch another cut. It trims the shot down to half a second (the scene sort of runs in fast motion) and is vaguely visible.
Normally the scene runs with regular speed and you see some saliva coming out of Martin's mouth.
Uncut 1 sec longer
74:58 / 77:32-77:33
A short shot of Rachel kicking the baby underneath the gaspedal before she puts the key in the ignition lock.
75:00 / 77:35-77:37
The baby's head is lying on the gaspedal and is squashed by Rachel's foot. After that you see Rachel screaming.
75:18 / 77:55-78:00
The neighbour is able to break away and spits the piece of dung out. The person in front - Ian - looks tormented.
75:41 / 78:22-78:23
Another short shot of Ian's ragged derriere.