Writer: Matt O’Mahoney (Screenplay)
Starring: Adam Boys, Kasey Ryne Mazak, Gabrielle Giraud, Dwayne Bryshun, Steve Thackray, Tim Lok
Plot: 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.
Verdict: Different Revenge Film
Story: Bloody Knuckles starts with Leonard Fong’s (Mazak) product being banned in America after people start dying from it. We move over to meet Travis (Boys) a comic book author of Vulgarian Invasion who is just trying to get it rolling through reporter Amy (Giraud) who also happens to be covering a story involving the missing product.
When Leonard reads one of Travis comic books he takes instant insult to it and tracks him down cutting of his hand as a warning. When Travis’ life start to fall apart after this incident he gives up his work but his hand comes back to life trying to help him turn his life around by continuing his work, while Amy is investigating Mr Fong.
The hand decides to take revenge on the people who ruined Travis’ life leaving Travis the prime suspect for the ruthless gangsters to come after when they start turning up dead.
Bloody Knuckles brings us a revenge film that could have a comic book feeling about it all, with the idea of a created hero (the hand) and a villain being a gangster. It would be naive not to compare this to Idle Hands as it is the only film I know of that involves a severed hand going on a killing spree but this does take on the concept in a different direction. While I do think this all works really well as a revenge like film I do think it struggles on the horror side of the story. I do think this film has a lot of fun in it though.
Adam Boys: Travis is the comic book creator whose work gets him into trouble when local crime boss takes his hand. Giving up on his dreams he gets driven into returning to his art work and going on a revenge mission with his severed hand against the crime boss. Travis does a good job in this role having to keep a straight face through the scenes with the hand.
Kasey Ryne Mazak: Leonard Fong is the crime boss who sends messages to anyone who gets in his way but comes off as a good man in public light. Kasey does a good job in this villainous role.
Gabrielle Giraud: Amy is the reporter who is covering Travis’ work but also looking into Fong’s enterprise, she has a real April O’Neil vibe about her. Gabrielle does a good job in this role.
Support Cast: Bloody Knuckles has a supporting cast that is henchman all with different traits, we also have the other victims who all help in their own way to drive the motives of our heroes.
Director Review: Matt O’Mahoney – Matt does give us a unique idea on a film that which mixes the comic book idea into a horror comedy.
Comedy: Bloody Knuckles has good laughs mostly from the supporting cast throughout.
Horror: Bloody Knuckles has small horror elements but doesn’t end up letting them all come out.
Settings: Bloody Knuckles has very genetic comic book group of settings which works for the idea created in the story.
Special Effects: Bloody Knuckles has good special effects to create the hand movement as well as the effects with the kills.
Suggestion: Bloody Knuckles is one for the horror fans to try as they might enjoy what they see. (Horror Fans Try)
Best Part: Final act.
Worst Part: Not enough Horror
Funniest Scene: Homo Dynamous
Chances of Tears: No
Chances of Sequel: No
Post Credits Scene: No
Similar Too: Idle Hands
Oscar Chances: No
Runtime: 1 Hour 25 Minutes
Tagline: “Nobody has the right to not be offended.”
Overall: Smart idea with laughs and gore a plenty