The Human Centipede II cannot be released anywhere in the UK, the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has ruled.

The BBFC has denied the movie – by Dutch director Tom Six – an 18 certificate because of fears it poses a “real risk” to viewers.

This means that the film cannot be legally supplied in the UK, either on DVD or download.

The new movie focuses on a man who becomes aroused by a DVD of the first Human Centipede movie and then fantasizes about putting the idea into practice. The Human Centipede shows victims stitched together from mouth to anus. 

Scenes which contributed to the BBFC ban include one showing the main character masturbating with sandpaper wrapped around his penis while he watches a DVD of the original Human Centipede movie.

The character also becomes aroused by watching members of the human centipede defecating into each others’ mouths.

The BBFC said the movie’s plot focussed on the: “sexual arousal of the central character at both the idea and the spectacle of the total degradation, humiliation, mutilation, torture and murder of his naked victims”.

It added: “There is little attempt to portray any of the victims in the film as anything other than objects to be brutalised, degraded and mutilated for the amusement and arousal of the central character, as well as for the pleasure of the audience.”