Horror comedies never get old for me. I love movies that can make me smile and cringe, especially when a nice amount of gore is thrown in for good measure. BLOODY KNUCKLES is one of these films. It is a heck of a lot of fun, and it’s a great flick all the way around. I laughed so hard at some points that I had to pause the movie to catch my breath. Even so, this film won’t be for everyone; it has some pretty offensive stuff that might anger certain folks. But if you can look past that, and take the film for what it is, you’ll have a blast.
If you are not familiar with BLOODY KNUCKLES, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Artsploitation Films:
Travis, an underground comic book artist with a penchant for obscene caricatures, upsets a Chinatown crime lord who responds by cutting off the young man’s hand. As a despondent, drunken Travis wallows in post-severed hand depression, his decomposing limb returns to life and is determined to exact revenge. Soon, Travis and his mischievous appendage join forces with a masked S&M superhero to rid the city of evil. Filmmaker Matt O.’s debut feature strips Canada of its “land of nice” image with this deliriously offensive, gory, and happily un-PC horror-comedy!
I haven’t enjoyed a good severed-hand film this much since IDLE HANDS. Not that I’ve seen many severed-hand flicks since, but…well, you get the point. This film is as crazy as it is shocking, and you’ll probably want to watch it more than once. I can definitely see myself revisiting this one soon.
BLOODY KNUCKLES is shot well and looks good from a production standpoint. It appears to have a modest budget, and the production crew does a great job utilizing the funds available.
The acting is great, with Adam Boys in the role of the comic book artist who loses his hand. I am not familiar with him, however I hope to see more of his work in the future. He is supported by a great cast that includes Kasey Ryne Mazak as the evil Leonard Fong; Ken Tsui as Tavis’s half-brother, Ralphie; Dwane Bryshun as Homo Dynamous; and several others.
The special effects are outstanding, and they are big part of what makes BLOODY KNUCKLES so good. I love how the effects guys gave the hand a personality of its own; this severed appendage is a major smart-ass, but it is also as creepy as it is funny.
BLOODY KNUCKLES is a major win for me, and fans of horror comedies will definitely want to check this one out. Chocked full of good old gory fun and a whole lot of laughs, this is a film you’ll revisit several times, just to enjoy it over and over. The film hits stores tomorrow, so make a note.