These films, and the stigma attached to them, developed his penchant for graphic violence and biting, often hilarious, social commentary. His first short film, the notorious and controversial ELECTRIC FENCE, earned a Best Short Film nod at the Boston Underground Film Festival and took home the Best Short Horror Film prize at Fantastic Fest. Years after its festival run, ELECTRIC FENCE continues to shock audiences around the world.
His next short ADJUST TRACKING was created for Drafthouse Films’ worldwide film competition The ABC’s of Death. A revenge fantasy and loving homage to 1980’s VHS horror, the film achieved critical acclaim and was included in several Top 10 lists. It had its festival premiere at the CFC’s Worldwide Short Film Festival.
BLOODY KNUCKLES is Matt O's debut feature film. From its opening scene to its final frame, it gleefully takes you on a journey through an increasingly bizarre netherworld like a deranged tour guide. Though our film pays loving homage to the horror and action films of the 1980’s, there's a layer of social commentary that was really important to us as Storytellers. Our protagonist, Travis, is an underground comic book artist who engages in a savage form of social satire. He draws comics that shed light on political and social topics that are too controversial for most people. Topics that could cause harsh debate, or even worse, get people killed.
The Muhammad cartoon controversy in Denmark was a huge problem for Director and Writer Matt O. Not just because fanatics were threatening to murder people over cartoons. After all, that's what fanatics do! He was far more disturbed at the suggestion that self-censorship should be exercised as a way of avoiding this kind of violence. For a splatter movie fan who grew up admiring George Carlin, Larry Flynt, and the ACLU, this was a very upsetting proposal! So, Matt wanted to make a film that stressed the importance of protecting "offensive" speech but not be too heavy-handed about it. No pun intended. Salman Rushdie once said:
"A five-finger exercise in fun frights"
"Outrageous… Consider it Idle Hands for the indie horror crowd, who like their violence bold and bloody and their humor vulgar… Bloody Knuckles is definitely one of the crowd-pleasers coming out of Fantasia… A satisfying, bloody, and funny tale of friendship and revenge."
- BLOODY DISGUSTING
"Anyone who enjoys shock comedy and a healthy dose of gore will have a blast with this indie horror."
- GEEK PR0N
- MOVIE PILOT
"Bloody Knuckles should replace Repo Man in the Criterion Collection"
- FILM COLOSSUS
"Bloody Knuckles may be the only film to date with a bondage wearing, heavy S&M influenced, power bottom gay superhero doing battle side by side with a rotting, severed hand. It feels like Bloody Knuckles has a mental clock running throughout making sure that it does something sure to offend SOMEBODY every five minutes."
- ALL THINGS HORROR
"The instant that leather-clad gay avenger Homo Dynamous turns up, you'll know you're in classic American pizza-and-beer cinema territory. Only the beer will be Molson, and the topping is Canadian bacon.
- AUSTIN CHRONICLE
Best Picture, Screenplay and Special Effects
Blood in the Snow Film Festival
Other Worlds Austin
Best Films of 2014
Fantasia Film Fest
Imagine Film Fest
Ravenna Nightmare Film Fest
Malstrom Fantastic Film Fest
Buenos Aires Rojo Sangre
Boston Underground Film Fest
SF Indie Another Hole in the Head Knoxville Horror Film Fest
Eerie Film Fest
Vancouver Film Fest
Ithaca Fantastic Film Fest
Other Worlds Austin
/Slash Film Festival