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Idle Hands

HD   R Closed Captioning

Rodman Flender

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About the Movie

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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


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

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Even pretensions toward the humorous and hip cannot save this blood-drenched film from its innate tastelessness! – Lawrence Van Gelder, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Rotten: Dumb, blood-soaked, undeniably kinetic teen Guignol bash! – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: Too calculated by half and underwritten by about as much, as witlessly unaware of its faltering sense of comedy as its stoner-dude heroes are of everyday reality. – Robert Koehler, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: It's a bad thriller and a bad comedy! – Mary Elizabeth Williams,, Jul 7, 2010

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Customer Reviews

"Horrifically Hilariouse!"

"I am a huge fan of horror movies, and comedy movies, so this movie is perfect for me, since it is totally both morhped together. I completely recommend this movie to any fan of the "Scary Moive" series, or any other kind of parody movie series fans. This movie is horrifically hilarious!" - Connor P. N.

love it

i love this movie, it is such a good movie!!! it is a defiinite must buy!!! :D

Great movie

It's gore and humer. Perfect combo what's not to love??

Idle Hands
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 1999

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