Director Tom Six made a name for himself with 2011's bizarre cult classic The Human Centipede, which he followed up with 2012's The Human Centipede 2 and last year's The Human Centipede 3. The films weren't exactly box office hits, with all three grossing less than $350,000 combined at the domestic box office. But they certainly garnered their fair share of controversy, with a story following a bizarre doctor (Dieter Laser) and his disgusting, yet, supposedly "100% medically accurate" experiments. The second movie, The Human Centipede 2, is making headlines once again, four years after its release, as students in a Tennessee high school were forced to watch the movie in class.
While no details were given as to why the unnamed teacher made students watch this grotesque movie, superintendent Verna Ruffin confirmed to The Jackson Sun, via USA Today, that the film was shown to students at Jackson Central-Merry High School. An unnamed parent reported the incident to the local newspaper, but Verna Ruffin wouldn't say why the movie was shown to students, or if the teacher who showed the movie was disciplined. The superintendent would only say that the matter has been "addressed," calling the incident "inappropriate." Here's an excerpt from a letter sent by the school's principal to the student's parents after the incident occurred.
"I understand that on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, your student may have inadvertently viewed inappropriate content in a JCM classroom. This occurrence is inconsistent with our Mission and Vision at Jackson Central Merry. I have investigated the situation and talked to those involved. Immediate action has been taken to assure that there will be no further occurrences."
2011's The Human Centipede (First Sequence) follows Dieter Laser's Dr. Heiter, who abducts two young women (Ashley C. Williams and Ashlynn Yennie) and a Japanese man (Akihiro Kitamura), surgically joining them together, connecting them through their gastric systems to see if they can survive. The sequel The Human Centipede 2 took a meta approach, following a distraught man (Laurence R. Harvey) who becomes obsessed with the first movie, attempting to create his own version of The Human Centipede. The final installment, The Human Centipede 3, takes the concept to another depraved level, with over 500 prison inmates being turned into one massive "centipede."
Verna Ruffin added that she didn't know how many students were present for this strange screening, or how much of the movie they actually saw. The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) was released theatrically in the U.S., but it only played in 24 theaters, grossing $122,880 through its five-week run. The movie was originally banned in the U.K., Australia and New Zealanda. The movie eventually received a release in the U.K. after the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) demanded extensive cuts to the movie, after which it received an 18 certificate, which is the equivalent of an NC-17 rating in the U.S.