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For horror lovers, flicks can never go too far

Published: Sunday, October 30, 2011

Updated: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 14:11

Human Centipede II (Full Sequence), Halloween movies

The Royale

"The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)," which features gratuitous gore and perversion, gets high marks from horror buffs.

He compares it to listening to mainstream radio. It's easy to like what's available, but if you are looking for something more, it's up to you to find it. Oliver searches through online forums to find new releases and keep up with foreign horror films as they pop up.

The extremes that certain movies go to seem perfectly natural to Oliver, who believes people need to loosen up.

"I don't think that anyone is really capable of taking [horror movies] too far. Even if it's completely tasteless crap, there's room for everyone to try something, and if everyone hates it, they didn't go too far – they just failed," he said.

Of course, there is a counter-opinion within the film industry.

The British Board of Film Classification clearly did not have Porter's iron gullet.

In a press release explaining the ban of "The Human Centipede," the Board said: "There is little attempt to portray any of the victims in the film as anything other than objects to be brutalized, degraded and mutilated for the amusement and arousal of the central character, as well as for the pleasure of the audience."

The board also contended that screening the film would breach the Obscene Publications Acts of 1959 and 1964. Only after the numerous edits did the film pass the body's scrutiny.

"There's something great about going to see something you shouldn't be seeing," Porter said. "The wrongness of sex, gore and blood is always something worth watching."

It certainly keeps plenty filing into The Royale. Employee Edwards has been excited to see so many happy customers.

He works the phone and the register, answering questions about the movie and selling tickets. Justin smiles as he describes the bonding the theater-goers go through after watching the film.

Viewers congregate in the lobby after emerging from the dark theater and discuss the film as a group. It doesn't matter that they don't know each other, they've all been through something together.

Edwards met an elderly couple who loved it and called it pure entertainment. He also says he witnessed a man fainting. For better or worse, the film definitely lived up to the hype.

"It's violence for violence sake, but you have to take it for what it is. You can't expect it to be a five star film; it's exploitation at its grossest," Edwards said.

The Royale caters to horror movie fans who are a passionate and loyal bunch.

"People have said ‘thank you for showing this,'" Edwards said. "We didn't make the movie, but we're bringing shit gore to Mormon town, so I think people are kind of glad that we're mixing up the community."

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