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Idle Hands (1999)



Average Rating: 3.4/10
Reviews Counted: 55
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 46

An uneasy mix of slapstick and gore, Idle Hands lacks the manic energy and comedic inspiration required to pull off its goofy premise.


Average Rating: 3/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 17

An uneasy mix of slapstick and gore, Idle Hands lacks the manic energy and comedic inspiration required to pull off its goofy premise.



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The devil will find work for idle hands to do, so what happens when he goes on the prowl for a partner in crime and ends up with an utterly clueless 17-year-old slacker? The result is a lot more moronics than demonics in the wry comedy-horror IDLE HANDS. Anton Tobias wakes up Halloween morning to discover-after watching some TV and perusing the contents of the fridge, oblivious to the pool of blood on the floor-that his parents have been turned into a couple of headless Halloween decorations.


Horror, Comedy

Terri Hughes, Ron Milbauer

Aug 28, 2001

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All Critics (57) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (46) | DVD (5)

Maybe 90 seconds of viable and sustained humor at the end.

July 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
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Its mixture of slapstick humour and gore -- produced by the flying fingers -- gives new meaning to the phrase digital effects.

March 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Even pretensions toward the humorous and hip cannot save this blood-drenched film from its innate tastelessness!

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Excruciatingly unfunny!

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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Dumb, blood-soaked, undeniably kinetic teen Guignol bash!

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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A disastrous attempt to mix comedy and horror!

January 1, 2000
New York Post
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Anyone with the mental capacity to make it to high school will be embarrassed by the ineptness on display here.

February 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

Offers some great splatter along with hilarious dialogue that will keep Sam Raimi buffs anxious for more.

October 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Too precariously straddles the line between fun and cheese, often going a bit too far over the top.

April 8, 2009 Full Review Source:

Ganha pontos pelo perverso senso de humor, mas acaba soando demais como uma cópia de "Evil Dead 2" para merecer uma recomendação.

April 8, 2008
Cinema em Cena

Were you expecting a teen remake of The Hands of Orlac? Don't hold your breath.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

It jumps from one path to the next without any sense of continuity.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Stupid, silly fun with a decent amount of gore and heavy dose of teen humor

June 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Slasherpool

All of these people can make better movies than this, and most of them have.

March 10, 2004 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Is it a spoof, or is it just stupid ... or is it a stupid spoof?

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

It's an infalliby funny gambit...

December 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

The attempts to extract comedy from this grim raw material are leaden, blood-soaked disasters.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

Idle Hands may be the devil's playground, but empty minds are the venue for this time waster.

March 24, 2002 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

When it's over, you may feel like cutting off your own hand for having paid good money at the ticket counter.

February 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
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January 1, 2000
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Audience Reviews for Idle Hands

Yes, this movie is utterly ridiculous and maybe a little stupid at times, but it is also very funny, wacky, exciting, and entertaining. This is definitely something to catch on TV late at night for some fun.
October 26, 2012

Super Reviewer

This is a gruesome but fun horror comedy about a super lazy teenaged slaker who's right hand gets possessed by evil and goes on a killing spree. Plotwise, that's it. There's really nothing mroe to this movie. I mena, there's a bit of a love story going on, and it's a high school movie, but really, that's just extra stuff. The real focus is just about the killer hand and the bum trying to stop it before too much mayhem gets caused.

This movie really seems like it's gonna be stupid and suck, and yes, while it's by no means intelligent or brilliant, it's super entertaining and a great deal of fun. As far as horror comedy movies go, it's far more campy and schlocky than Scream. It's slapsticky in the vien of Evil Dead II (which it references/parodies constantly and not subtly), but it avoids being a total ripoff, so it's cool.

The characters, though goofy, lazy, good for nothing stoners, are likeable and it's hilarious watching them banter back and forth and try to deal with such a ludicrous situation as a killer hand on the loose. Jessica Alba is also in this as the hottie love interest, and, while she's not great, this was early in her career so her flaws can be overlooked (I think).

For a comedy, this is quite gruesome, but it's almsot always played for laughs, even though it does get a little disturbing at times. Maybe here and there some legitimately intense moments pop up, but this is mostly just wacky instead of being a truly scary experience. The effects are good though and Christopher Hart (who played Thing in the Addams Family movies) is awesome as the possessed hand once it SPOILER gets chopped off and starts roaming free.

LIke many high school movies, the climax takes place at a school dance, only here it's a Halloween ball instead of prom. For rock fans, it's also cool seeing The Offspring play the band perfporming at the dance. Without getting into specifics, they also are part of one of the best bits of the movie. Overall, this is some silly stuff, and I shouldn't be giving it the credit I am, but I first saw this at an impressionable age, and it left a pretty good impression on me, and I think it's pretty charming. Yeah, it's not great, but as far as B-movies like this go, it could be a whole lot worse. Besides, where else are you gonna see people using an asthma inhaler as a hash pipe?

Shut your brain off and give this a chance. It's ridiculous, but quite fun.
October 10, 2011
Chris Weber

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Inept attempt at a comedy horror film, Idle Hands is one of those forgettable horror comedies that has a boring, unimpressive teen cast. Seth Green was the only one in this film that made it a little bit funny, and everyone else was pretty awful. Devon Sawa was never a good actor to begin with, and his skills are pretty mediocre here. The film sucks. The plot might've been something very good if the screenwriters would've written another draft of the screenplay, but they didn't. The film feels, tired, lazy and uninspired. Jessica Alba has always been good at one, providing a films eye candy, and she doesn't disappoint in this. But as usual, her acting abilities leave a lot to be desired. The film might've been good when first released, but it's one of those films that really doesn't stand the test of time, and now, over a decade after the films release; you see that it's not a good movie. Sure it's not the worst, but it's still bad. Idle Hands could have been a lot better; the film could have been something really funny. Unfortunately it falls flat. Idle Hands is definite a poor attempt at horror comedy, one that everyone should forget about. Idle Hands is not a film that has stood the test of time, the film has become unfunny very quick and it's easily one of the worst horror comedies in quite some time. Luckily for horror fans, there have been better horror comedies since this films release. Forgettable and avoidable film. Aside from Jessica Alba, this film is awful.
October 1, 2011
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

If you're a Jessica Alba fan, Idle Hands is going to appeal to you much, much more than the average viewer. We're talking about a movie where a woman who's basically made a career from being incredibly hot, is at her absolute hottest. If you're anything like me, that sole reason is more than enough to make Idle Hands required viewing.

But some of you probably care more about the quality of the movie, than how hot young Ms. Alba was. Weirdos. Idle Hands is extremely dumb, and that's completely intentional. It's probably the most light-hearted slasher/horror movie I've ever seen, and there's a mix of stoner comedy in here, as well. A slacker's hand gets possessed by an evil force, and most of the movie involves him trying to keep it from murdering people. His bumbling friends often get in the way, and the hand's obsession with killing the girl he's interested in also complicates matters.

Obviously, this isn't Hamlet, but I think it struck a decent cord between dumb humor and campy, 90's horror. I found it strangely enjoyable, in a very B-movie kind of way. Give it a shot, if you ever get the opportunity. Just have a cool drink handy, so that you won't melt under the hotness of Jessica.
June 12, 2010

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