Bloody Knuckles, Comedy-Sexploitation-Horror
Release Date: October 18, 2014
Release Format: DVD, Streaming
MPAA Rating: Rated R for violence
Horror Sub-genre: Horror, Comedy
Travis is an underground comic book artist with a penchant for the obscene. When one of his comics insults a Chinatown crime boss, the gangster punishes Travis by removing his drawing hand. A daunted Travis retreats into a life of alcoholic misery. That is until his hand returns from the grave.
Director Matt O’Mahoney delivers straight punches in this comedy-sexploitation-horror. Travis is an underground comic artist. When his newest comic, Vulgarian Invasions, accidentally gets into the hands of a Chinatown crime boss, Travis is immediately reprimanded by the crime boss, and his hand cut off.
Following that horrible event, Travis’s life spirals downward into laziness and alcoholism, almost costing him and his roommate and friend to lose their house. Travis’s hand mysteriously comes alive and immediately engages the crime boss and his men in battle, going on a bloody rampage for revenge, alongside a random stranger who is also hell-bent on revenge against the crime boss.
Plot – “Bloody Knuckles” has a lot going on. A comic artist insults a dangerous crime boss and immediately reaps the repercussions. However, karma quickly bites the crime boss in the butt when the comic artist’s hand comes back to life and haunts him and his men. Then, we have a random underground, disturbing club scene (that made me think of the club scene in “Irreversible”), where the hand meets a random stranger, who was in the middle of a little S&M with his lover, who unfortunately, gets slaughtered. Now, he’s set on vengeance against the crime boss. Sounds like a pretty solid plot to me.
Practical/Special Effects – The make-up and special effects in “Bloody Knuckles” was pretty good. Some of the killing scenes looked a little cheesy, but not too bad.
Scare Factor – There wasn’t really any big scares in “Bloody Knuckles”. Some of the killing scenes are a bit cringe-worthy, but that’s it.
Performances – The performances in “Bloody Knuckles” was close to awful. It was either not good enough or over the top.
There could have been so many things done to make “Bloody Knuckles” so much better. But, overall, it’s a fresh, new addition to the world of horror-comedy.
- 0-10 Avoid
- 11-20- Mediocre
- 21-30 -Good
- 31-40 – Average
- 41-50- Decent
- 51-60 – Stunning
- 71-80 – Must See
- 81-90 – Amazing
- 91-100 – Impressive