I’m used to Artsploitation being offensive and challenging. It’s a pleasure to be tested especially as relates to somewhat obscure, independent, foreign Horror and Dark Fantasy, but sometimes… just sometimes… you need to chill out and watch a gonzo, gore picture with a whole lotta nonsense, crazy violence and, hopefully, a modicum of originality. Bloody Knuckles is out now and it has all of these things in abundance.
What’s to love about Bloody Knuckles? I think the name could say it all. It’s just one big, fist slamming piece of violence with humorous intent and plenty of the juicy gore to go around. While chaotic at times and perhaps a bit non sequitur, the great part about watching this one is not having to think too much. With recent releases like The Treatment or Horsehead from Artsploitation, we have been asked to use our minds and to feel some pretty dark, strange emotions. Bloody Knuckles is the answer to needing a mental vacation form more cerebral Horror.
While I emphasize that it is a visual movie filled with some nice murder pieces, it isn’t the most over the top picture you’ll see. I don’t want to overhype the level of mayhem and it’s also important to remember that this is a comedic Horror movie. Don’t try and take it too seriously. It’s the gorehound equivalent of a popcorn movie and actually represents a return to some of what first attracted me to Artsploitation in the first place with movie like Wither that brought the red stuff on hard.
Of course Bloody Knuckles does tend to jump around a bit making it difficult to follow. It’s not truly a problem because the chaos usually works toward it’s advantage, but you may be left wondering how you watched someone lose their hand one minute and the next you’re staring at the Sado Masochistic Avenger.
Bloody Knuckles looks great for a modern HD release on Blu-ray and was shot well. While nothing necessarily special about the packaging, the extras are quite interesting and close to my heart. You get a director’s commentary and interviews as all as a Q&A with Cinema Sewer. For me, the neat-o stuff is the Diabolik DVD tour and Lunchmeat VHS interview. I love both Lunchmeat Fanzine and Diabolik DVD so I want to emphasize the importance of both facilities. Support both and enjoy these rather unique extras.
You can order Bloody Knuckles on Blu-ray from Artsploitation or Diabolik DVD.
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!
Director's Commentary, Interviews, Diabolik DVD tour, Lunchmeat VHS interview, Q&A with Cinema Sewer