First Image, Poster: Fantasia Underground Selection, “BLOODY KNUCKLES”News Samuel Zimmerman
Where is the revival of the rogue limb? The killer hand? It could be just around the bend. As Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill endeavor to adapt THE OUTER LIMITS’ “Demon With a Glass Hand,” the weeks-away Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal will host the World Premiere of severed hand horror-comedy BLOODY KNUCKLES.
Playing as part of the brand-new Fantasia Underground section—which aims to showcase outsider, radical and counter-cultural visions—BLOODY KNUCKLES is the feature debut from Matt O’Mahoney, and follows “Travis Warner, an underground comic book artist who revels in the profane. When his latest comic offends a Chinatown crime boss, the gangster removes his drawing hand as punishment. Travis abandons his comic, along with his ideals, and spirals into drunken misery. That is, until his hand returns from the grave. The lovable, decomposing appendage drags Travis through a seedy netherworld of dirty comics, contraband pesticides, and underground sex clubs on its quest for justice!”
O’Mahoney reveals the more lurid aspects of the film are just what you’d want from a festival section dedicated to transgressive and out-there cinema: being accompanied by thought. “I’ve always been fiercely opposed to censorship. Mainly because my taste in art, books, movies, and music have always been the target of censors! I take it very personally,” he says. “I was really disturbed by the embrace of self-censorship following the Danish Muhammad cartoons controversy. It forecast such a bleak future for freedom of speech. So, I wanted to make a film that addressed that without being too heavy handed. No pun intended!”