Idle Hands (1999) Review

“The film that give horror movies the finger.”

Synopsis: A teenage slacker’s right hand becomes possessed with murderous intent.

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Idle Hands is a ridiculous ’90s comedy/horror mashup. Though more comedy than horror, it still manages to present some classic horror situations in an interesting light, and the ensemble cast keeps things moving through any hiccups.

As the title suggests, Idle Hands is based on the old saying “idle hands are the devil’s playthings.” In this case, some evil force possesses a hand of the laziest slacker around and forces it to wreak havoc and commit murder. It’s a fun premise, and lovable fuckup Anton (Devon Sawa) does a Jim Carrey-caliber portrayal of a youth fighting his own limb. When Anton discovers he is the killer behind a string of murders in town, he accidentally kills his two best friends (Seth Green and Elden Henson) in a panic. In a mostly-unexplained twist, his friends return as zombies to help him navigate this crisis and get the attention of his neighbor Molly (Jessica Alba) to boot.

The plot is thoroughly ridiculous, and leads to a lot of bizarre comedy situations. We’re also meant to take Vivica A. Fox seriously as some sort of badass demon hunter, which is strange to say the least. But Idle Hands uses a variety of comedic flavors and techniques to provide a generally fun ride for everyone. (I also liked seeing Christopher Hart‘s portrayal of the evil hand when it escapes.) If you’re into dumb horror comedies, this is a good one you should not skip.

Calamity Brains’ Rating: B-
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The Codex Mortis Horror Hosts (Ludwig von Stroodle and Calamity Brains) are married and live in West Virginia. Pretty much everyone who sees their cabin agrees that it would be an ideal setting for a horror movie. Their pets include a black widow spider, a smart dog, and a stupid dog. When they aren’t watching horror movies, they can be found at whiskey festivals, Renaissance fairs, and board game nights.

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