Film & TV

Dec 2, 2011

Human Centipede II: why banning violent films creates a new kind of monster

In the online environment, banning films has become the mother of all free advertising, and Human Centipede II just became the latest film to cash in on the infamy of the forbidden.

Luke Buckmaster — Writer, Critic and The Daily Review Journalist

Luke Buckmaster

Writer, Critic and The Daily Review Journalist

This year conservative lobbying group Collective Shout, co-founded by fundamentalist pro-life anti-porn campaigner Melinda Tankard Reist, has claimed victory for two 11th-hour classification decisions, helping to overturn the government-sanctioned release of controversial feature films A Serbian Film and The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence).


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25 thoughts on “Human Centipede II: why banning violent films creates a new kind of monster

  1. Plonkoclock

    The movie producers and the objectors both need and deserve each other, in so many ways.

  2. FunkyJ

    I’d be very wary arguing that “we can just download it” is an answer here.

    It will only cause these people to strengthen the case for internet censorship.

    The real solution is to stop funding of theist organisations and lobby groups by governments using taxpayers money.

    If they have a real case where people are honestly offended by such material, they should rely on the marketplace of free ideas to further their cause, and not have these organisations funded directly or indirectly by public funds.

  3. Captain Planet

    @ Luke Buckmaster,

    You may be interested to learn that Ms. Tankard – Reist has quoted you on her website, in the very section you have linked above regarding the “win” in getting the RC for “A Serbian Film”.

    Tankard Reist says,

    Crikey website editor Luke Buckmaster described the film as “morally irredeemable”.

    Apparently you are now the editor of Crikey as well, Luke. Who knew? Somebody better tell Sophie Black.

    Ironically, in my opinion Collective Shout are actually doing a lot of very valuable and worthwhile work. A quick perusal of their website reveals that I am enthusiastically in agreement with many of their aims and campaigns.

    Attempting to prevent the sexualisation of pre – pubescent girls by stopping retailers from targetting this demographic with lingerie and suggestive underwear emblazoned with “Call Me” and “I love Rich Boys”, for example, seems like an admirable sentiment.

    I honestly can’t claim that I think the Australian Public will be any the poorer for not being able to see either “A Serbian Film” or “The Human Centipede part II”. Nonetheless, I oppose banning these films, because as my History teacher way back in High School said, “When you start burning books, you end up burning bodies.”.

  4. Andrew McIntosh

    Plonckoclock summed it up nicely. I’ve got to confess that as far as these movies in question are concerned I honestly don’t care if they are banned, released or burnt in an auto da fe. It’s getting harder to sympathise either with those who just want to make films for the sake of making people sick and with their stiff-necked, tunnel-envisioned opponents. A plague on both their houses.

  5. Steve Gardner

    Captain Planet, your history teacher was paraphrasing Herman Hesse.

  6. Clytie

    I agree with Captain Planet. I’ve supported a number of Collective Shout’s campaigns against sexploitation of pre-pubescent girls (indeed, girls as young as two). I don’t think trying to protect kids necessarily makes you a “fundamentalist” or “theist”.

    However, I also agree that banning movies, games etc. just gives them free advertising (and in the case of video games, the lack of a R18+ rating has resulted in very violent games being rated M15+). Give it an R rating so parents know it’s not suitable for kids. Let adults choose to watch/play the item or not. Most won’t, if it’s lousy. Most of us wouldn’t have even heard of Human Centipede 2 if it hadn’t been banned (and the banning prominently reported by the media).

    I asked my 20-yr-old daughter if she’d heard of the movie. She immediately said, “Yes, and it’s stupid.”

  7. Steve Gardner

    Dammit, I meant Heinrich Heine, not Herman Hesse.

  8. skeletory

    I’m prety shure that last time I read about Baise-moi on wiki it said that no one in America really kicked up a stink about it and as a result no one went to see it either. The comments on baise moi in Australia was pretty good advertising at the time.

    I cant check now because i’m in China and its blocked. Yay.. lets all be like China they know how to do censorship properly.

    As for Centipede 2 banning it…. really… I’m sure there is plenty worse graphic wise but it just didn’t seem that good, least the bits I saw. I skipped through whatching a few bits at a time. Go watch the first one, or South Park.. they did it better.

    In 20 years no one will care, just like I Spit On Your Grave or Texas Chainsaw Massacre. ‘Video Nasties’ anyone, just make sure to add a commentry track for those people who don’t realise that it’s just a movie.

  9. banistersmind

    For a minute there, I was thinking of Howard Hesseman

  10. Captain Planet

    Dort wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man auch am Ende Menschen.

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