Really, there was no better, more foul movie to officially kick of Fantastic Fest 2011 than The Human Centipede II: Full Sequence. Directed by Tom Six, it’s the follow-up to the controversial 2009 film and the screening on Thursday in Austin was the film’s world premiere. If you are unfamiliar with The Human Centipede, its premise is right there in the title. Humans are attached to each other, mouth to backside, to create one long being. In the first film, a doctor did this with three people. In Full Sequence, a fan of that film does it with upwards of a dozen people.

The Human Centipede II: Full Sequence is unbelievably graphic, nauseating and disgusting. But is it any good? I spoke with Ryan Turek of Shock Till You Drop (because, who better?) about the film immediately following the screening and you can watch our reaction in a video blog after the jump. Read More »

One of the most intentionally controversial movies of the year is Tom Six‘s The Human Centipede 2 [Full Sequence]. Almost no one has seen the film outside of the UK Film Board, which famously refused a rating for the movie, but it premieres tonight at Fantastic Fest in Austin, TX. In advance of the two screenings this evening, we’ve got the debut of the creepy and more than slightly disturbing one-sheet from IFC Midnight.

No matter what you think about the first film, or what you assume about the sequel, you might have to admit that this vaguely HR Giger-inspired design is a great way to sell the sequel. Check it out in full below. Given the subject matter, some might consider this not safe for work. Read More »

Seems like The Human Centipede Part 2 [Full Sequence] has been smeared all over the place in the past couple days, what with the Australian teaser debut, the announcement of the film’s premiere at Fantastic Fest, and now this official US teaser.

So at this point you very possibly know all you need to know about the film, in which case there’s no sense summarizing the exploitation sequel here. Suffice to say that writer/producer/director Tom Six wants us to believe that this has all the ugly grotesquerie of the first film, amplified several times. This one is so crazy it is black and white. (Wait for the eventual color blu-ray release.) Read More »

Update: The first official still from the film, along with a new detail or two, has been added after the break.

Last week when we reported the October release date for The Human Centipede Part 2: Full Sequence, I bemoaned the lack of an IFC-cut trailer for the film. Now a teaser has shown up, but it is for the Australian release of the movie.

It’s difficult to tell whether this teaser actually features any footage from the film, though it certainly seems to use audio from Full Sequence. (I suspect this is video shot just for the ad campaign.) The teaser also trumpets many quotes from the UK Film Board’s ruling to refuse classification for the film, effectively banning the movie in the UK. Finally, this claims that the film will be cut for the US release, though whether that is actually the case is unverified at this point. Hit the jump for the intense teaser. Read More »

Briefly: You have a month to prepare: on October 7, Tom Six‘s The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence will hit theaters. If that seems like pretty short notice before the release, well, it is. Very short. We haven’t even seen a trailer yet from IFC. (There was that one footage-free teaser many months ago.) That leads me to wonder what the release strategy really is with the film. Is IFC hiding it, or just waiting for the opportune moment to throw a little sandpaper masturbation in our faces?

Don’t know what I’m referring to? If you don’t mind being spoiled, refer back to the UK Film Board’s refusal to give a rating classification to the film, effectively banning it in the UK. In doing so the film board gave away a large chunk of the film’s plot. That works almost as well as any trailer would — reading some of the film’s gory and creepy details should be enough to help you decide whether or not to see the film. But for those who don’t want to read everything just yet, a trailer would be nice. Or ‘useful’ is probably a better term. [IFC via STYD]

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Some of the biggest news yesterday was that the UK rating board, the British Board of Film Classification, categorically rejected The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) for an UK release, based on the fact that (in the eyes of the board) the film links violence and sexual arousal in an unacceptable way.

I theorized that the move would end up being great publicity for the movie, and indeed there are a great many people talking about the movie now who otherwise might not have cared. One person who definitely cares is the director, Tom Six, and he’s not happy at all. But the reason for his displeasure might not just be the BBFC rejection, but the fact that in rejecting his film, the board gave away a great deal of the plot. Read More »

Tom Six‘s film The Human Centipede (First Sequence) became almost immediately notorious for featuring a mad scientist surgeon who kidnaps people and sews them together, end to end, to create a ‘human centipede.’ The film is fairly nasty, although in the end perhaps not quite as insane as the general concept led us all to believe.

The director has been working on a sequel, The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence), which he promised would be far more of an endurance test. And now we seem to have proof that he wasn’t putting up  a front. The film has gone before the UK film board, which denied it any possibility of release, based on “a strong focus throughout on the link between sexual arousal and sexual violence and a clear association between pain, perversity and sexual pleasure.”

The info delivered from the UK film board will probably be taken in different ways by different audiences. The ban might be the film’s best possible marketing for audiences that thought the first movie was too tame. For everyone else, however, it could stand as an explicit warning that this film might not be for you. Read More »

What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 31 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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IFC has already decided to stand behind Tom Six‘s sequel to his well-publicized horror manifesto The Human Centipede (First Sequence), and today released a teaser for The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence). That title refers to the fact that, in this film, there are many more people joined end to end to create a much longer human centipede…yeah. OK. Check the teaser and some comments from Mr. Six, after the break. Read More »

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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