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The Human Centipede II ban revoked; cut version green-lit by the Classification Review Board

Cinetology can confirm that Monster Pictures, the Australian distributor of Norwegian writer/director Tom Six’s controversial horror film The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence), has successfully managed to overturn a ban that was slapped onto the film late last month after it was officially released in select cinemas.

The Human Centipede II was green-lit for distribution in May but banned two weeks ago following campaigning from NSW Attorney General Greg Smith and conservative lobbying groups such as Collective Shout. The Classification Review Board’s decision to re-grant the film an R rating is a major coup for Monster, which submitted a new version of the film for consideration last Friday with less than one minute shaved off its running time.

The film will return to Australian cinemas, or secure a release on DVD, buoyed by the free marketing it has inadvertently generated over the last few weeks. Early this month I wrote about how organisations such as Collective Shout have unintentionally supported the film by underlining its core selling point: notoriety. This latest twist in the Human Centipede saga ought to deliver them a sobering reality check.

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  1. By The Human Centipede II unbanned on December 13, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    ...] occurred while I was on holiday so I was unable to post about it here, but I am glad to see that a re-cut version of the banned film has been given the green light by the Classification Review Board: Cinetology can confirm that Monster Pictures, the [...

  2. ...] The Human Centipede II ban revoked; cut version green-lit by the …Crikey (blog)The Human Centipede II was green-lit for distribution in May but banned two weeks ago following campaigning from NSW Attorney General Greg Smith and conservative lobbying groups such as Collective Shout. The Classification Review Board's decision to … [...

  3. ...] Cinetology confirms that this censored cut has been passed by the Classification Review Board, and that the R18+ rating has been restored. All it took: the cutting of less than a minute of footage. [...

  4. ...] campaigning from conservative politicians and lobbying groups. The revoked decision was also revoked when the film’s distributor, Monster Pictures, shaved less than one minute from the running [...

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