The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has lifted its ban and granted an 18 certificate for the controversial film "The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence" after cutting more than two-and-a-half minutes.
The BBFC had previously decided to not give the film a rating, warning that it could fall foul of obscenity laws. This meant it could not legally be supplied anywhere in the UK -- even on download or DVD.
The BBFC had originally described the plot of the film as "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" and that no number of cuts would allow them to give the film a certificate.
But now the film's distributor has agreed to 32 cuts -- totalling 2 minutes, 37 seconds -- from the film in order to gain an 18 certificate for DVD release.
In the film, a man becomes erotically obsessed with a DVD copy of the original film -- in which the victims are surgically stitched together mouth to anus -- and decides to recreate the idea.
Writer-director of the film Tom Six has often boasted that the sequel is "the sickest movie of all time."
When the BBFC rejected the sequel in June, the BBFC said: "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."
It added that the film breached classification guidelines and "poses a real, as opposed to a fanciful, risk that harm is likely to be caused to potential viewers."