Idle Hands

Idle Hands

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Director: Rodman Flender, Devon Sawa, Seth Green, Elden Henson

Cast: Rodman Flender, Devon Sawa, Seth Green, Elden Henson

     
 

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Teenage burnouts and post-modern slasher films are both raked over the satiric coals in the blood-soaked comedy Idle Hands. Anton (Devon Sawa) is a cheerful but exceedingly non-ambitious 17-year-old stoner who lives to stay buzzed, watch TV, and moon over Molly (Jessica Alba), the beautiful girl who lives next door. However, it turns out that the old cliché

Overview

Teenage burnouts and post-modern slasher films are both raked over the satiric coals in the blood-soaked comedy Idle Hands. Anton (Devon Sawa) is a cheerful but exceedingly non-ambitious 17-year-old stoner who lives to stay buzzed, watch TV, and moon over Molly (Jessica Alba), the beautiful girl who lives next door. However, it turns out that the old cliché about idle hands being the devil's playground has a kernel of truth after all; there's a demonic beast living in his house that has already decapitated Anton's mom and dad (though it takes him a while to notice), and now the Dark Lord Himself has taken possession of Anton's right hand. Before he's entirely aware of what's happening, Anton's demon hand has killed his two best friends, Mick (Seth Green) and Pnub (Elden Henson), though both come back as zombies to keep Anton company. Can Randy (Jack Noseworthy), local metalhead and expert on all things Satanic, figure out what the Evil One has planned next for Anton's digits? Will traveling demon slayer Debi (Vivica A. Fox) vanquish the possessed in time? And most important, will Anton get to go to the big dance with Molly before his hand starts causing trouble again? Director Rodman Flender certainly knows the genres he parodies here; he cut his teeth in horror working for exploitation legend Roger Corman and directed the film Bloody Mutilators as well as episodes of the TV series Tales From The Crypt, while more recently he immersed himself in teenage culture directing episodes of the TV series Party of Five and Dawson's Creek.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Released hot on the heels of a long line of conventional Scream rip-offs, Idle Hands unleashed its own brand of silly, gore-soaked black comedy upon unsuspecting moviegoers in 1999, only to find its true audience later on video and DVD. Definitely a case of "it's better than you think," this horror comedy is high on gags and giant doses of marijuana. While social drug use is the norm in these types of flicks, weed is integral to many of the characters -- and humor -- of the film, as is the love for good old bloody slapstick. It's as if Evil Dead 2 took a massive bong hit and decided to make a teen love slasher story. By the end, there're stoned ghost zombies, young Jessica Alba, and plenty of decapitated-hand insanity to entertain any happy horror fiend. In the lead role, Devon Sawa shows off a fairly good knack for physical comedy and Seth Green provides some choice one-liners as one of the two dead stoner friends in the neighborhood (which in a sly wink, just so happens to be the same one from John Carpenter's Halloween).

Product Details

Release Date:
08/31/1999
UPC:
0043396039315
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Pan & Scan]
Time:
1:32:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Devon Sawa Anton Tobias
Seth Green Mick
Elden Henson Pnub
Jessica Alba Molly
Christopher Hart The Hand
Vivica A. Fox Debi
Jack Noseworthy Randy
Steve Van Wormer Actor
Katie Wright Tanya
Sean Whalen McMacy
Nick Sadler Ruck
Fred Willard Mr. Tobias
Connie Ray Mrs. Tobias
Mindy Sterling Lady Bowler

Technical Credits
Rodman Flender Director
Christopher Baffa Cinematographer
Greg Cannom Makeup Special Effects
Joseph Geisinger Sound/Sound Designer
Scott Herbertson Set Decoration/Design
John Houlihan Musical Direction/Supervision
Terri Hughes Screenwriter
Evette Knight Set Decoration/Design
Peter Kuran Special Effects
Andrew Licht Producer
Gregory Melton Production Designer
Ron Milbauer Screenwriter
Jeffrey A. Mueller Producer
John Papsidera Casting
Christian P. Della Penna Asst. Director
Graeme Revell Score Composer
Stephen E. Rivkin Editor
Roland Rosenkranz Art Director
Jeffrey Sudzin Executive Producer
Suzanne Todd Producer
Jennifer Todd Producer
Keith Vanderlaan Makeup Special Effects

Scene Index

Director and Cast Commentary including Seth Green ; Deleted Scenes with Director Introduction and Commentary ; Making-Of Featurette ; Production Notes ; Theatrical Trailers ; Storyboard Comparisons ; Talent Files

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Idle Hands 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
xenophobic More than 1 year ago
The movie is funny. Devon Sawa is dreamy. Idle hands are the devil's tools.
Guest More than 1 year ago
good movie with great actors including my favorite jessica alba you'll love if you like teen movies.plus its very funny movie
Dareth More than 1 year ago
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goodgirl2 More than 1 year ago
i agree with all the reviews this movie is indeed funny and does have gross parts i love Devon Sawa he's so cute and seth Green is too this is the perfect movie to rent or buy and watch around Halloween cause the hand is possed and the boy must control it also i liked the actress Jessica Alba she did a perfect part for the girl Molly she's a wonderful actress and she's beautiful this is a must see movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Idle Hands is a really good movie! I enjoyed it very much, considering that my favorite actor, Seth Green, is in it. I sudgest that anyone watch it if their in foor a good laugh! Some parts are gross, but its good!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A lazy teenager named Anton (Devon Sawa)who finds out that his right hand is posessesed by the devil himself.He murders his parents and his two best friends Mick (Seth Green)and Pnub (Elden Henson).A must see for anybody that has a taste for comedy and horror.
Guest More than 1 year ago
''Idle Hands'' is the perfect Halloween flick for everyone! The theme song is very cool and very creepy. Although there are some parts in the film that are very funny, many scenes may scare you, or at least give you and uneasy feeling throughout most of the film. The movie is well thought of, and the acting is excellent! It shows how an average teen is forced to deal with supernatural forces that control his hand. If you watch this movie, you are guaranteed to have a great time. Just a warning, this movie gets kinda bloody.