The horror/comedy genre is something that has been with us for quite some time, but it really exploded in the eighties. Movies like Evil Dead, An American Werewolf in London, Return of the Living Dead, Re-Animator and others really paved the way for the modern wave that came with the new century (there are quite a few familiar things here). Idle Hands is somewhere in the middle and this is perhaps the reason why it isn’t much more famous. It has all the right ingredients: excellent and creative script, gory special effects that look real good, great actors and finally weed. Well, I know that this last item is not one of the main ones, but for me it was. When I first saw this movie, I was blown away. This was an updated version of the classic horror/comedy with a lot of references that I could identify with. Fuck me, when This was mine Shaun of the Dead. I simply fell in love with the movie despite its simplistic story and characters, it had something…

Idle Hands [1999] Movie Review Recommendation PosterMeet Anton Tobias, a teenager with only one goal on his mind: get high. His best friends Mick and Pnub are also potheads and together they watch horror movies, listen to music and do what teenagers do. However, one day, Anton will wake up and find his parents dead with all the clues pointing to him. It would seem that his hand has been possessed by some unknown demonic force and now Anton must find a way to stop it and get to the bottom of this.

I didn’t want to spoil your pleasure by telling you the plot of this movie, because it’s much more effective to just play it and be surprised. Starring Devon Sawa, who was also the lead in another cult movie from the turn of the century Final Destination, Seth Green, Vivica A. Fox, Fred Willard and 17-year-old Jessica Alba, Idle Hands is one of those movies with a perfect cast. I can’t quite explain it, but it would seem that they have found that perfect value between acting completely seriously and realizing that the story is so zany that it must be addressed. Even the music was phenomenal, with Offspring and fucking Rob Zombie. So, if you’re looking for that blend of comedy, dark comedy and horror, with a lot of gory and funny scenes, then this is the movie for you, enjoy.

Director: Rodman Flend

Cast: Devon Sawa, Seth Green, Jessica Alba, Vivica A. Fox, Fred Willard

Fun Facts: Perhaps the reason behind the film’s financial failure is due to the fact that it was released ten days following the Columbine High School massacre.


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