October 10th, 2011
04:04 PM ET
The sequel to "The Human Centipede" was disturbing enough for the the British Board of Film Classification to ban it, but director Tom Six says he doesn't see what the fuss is about. Although, he admits in an interview with Movieline, he is pretty desensitized at this point.
After writing and directing the first "Human Centipede," in which kidnapped victims were stitched together mouth to rear, Six upped the ante with the sequel by introducing a man who became erotically obsessed with the first film and creates a lengthier human centipede of his own.
"When you make a film and write it and edit it, you are so busy with the material that you forget how nasty it is," Six explains. "So for me, when people have reactions to what they see it's very hard for me to think, 'oh it is really gruesome.' Because I've seen it so many times."
But if you do have a strong, physical reaction while watching "Human Centipede II: Full Sequence," that's also kind of the point, Six says.
"As long as people don't get really hurt," he explains, he does take a little pleasure in the intense response from viewers, because it means he did his job.
"I think that's the core of filmmaking. If you make a great comedy and you're laughing your ass off and you're really hurt from the laughing - I love that. If a film in any way does that with you, that you're really f-–d up or you have a strong emotion, then it works, I think. Because it's terrible if you see a film and you don't care."
For Six, there's no such thing as "going too far" - "not in my world," he tells Movieline. "I hate animal cruelty so I would never do anything with that in any of my films, but in my opinion it's a film, it's make-believe, it's art. It's actors coming in, and we have lots of fun on set. How is it going too far, then?"
If you're a fan of "Centipede" one and two, you're no doubt pleased that Six is working on a third "Centipede" movie, this time set in the U.S. The director says that he's got the script and the financing good to go, and hopes to begin shooting next year.
And yes, he's planning on stretching his already outlandish concept even further. "Every film is different. Part One is so very different from Part Two....so with Part Three I go in a totally different direction again, and there are some scenes that I think are worse than Part Two."
Sounds like he's holding true on his promise that the third "Centipede" flick will make the second installment "look like a Disney film."
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