IDLE HANDSColumbia Pictures
1999
R

“Ok, that wasn’t my fault, that thing should’ve come down a LOT slower!”

Young Anton is a chronic (pun intended) slacker- he spends most of his days smoking pot and parked in front of the television with his headphones cranked. He’s completely detached from any sense of responsibility…so much so that, after his parents are murdered in his house one night, it takes him two days to notice. What disturbs him the most, though, is the fact that he may be the murderer. Well, not him, per se, but just his right hand. After killing his two stoner friends (they bounced back), a couple of high-strung cops, and making an attempt at his girlfriend, Anton feels that enough is enough and loops off his offending appendage. Whoopsie. Now it’s up to Anton, his two undead friends, and an evil-hunting (and completely hot) Druid cleric to hunt down Cousin Thing’s evil twin and put it to rest for good. And possibly get lucky…

Let me boil down this movie to its basic idea: Someone took that classic scene from Evil Dead 2 (where Ash’s hand gets possessed and starts beating the snot out of himself), and made a 90 minute movie around it. Throw in a couple’a stoners, a young pre-Dark Angel Jessica Alba, and a loose plot involving Druidic mysticism, and viola! A mindless and campy horror comedy! But, it’s a fun mindless and campy horror comedy, the kind that never takes itself too seriously, and has fun with the blood and guts ensuing. Meaning, anyone expecting a serious treatment of the subject of hands getting possessed by evil and running amok (amok! Amok! Amok!) in small town America…well, the question should be, who would expect anything serious about this? Really? It’s a freaking hand getting possessed, for crying out loud! Between that, the banter between Anton and his friends (hilarious posthumously), the one-note hessan character (that’s a term used for beer-swilling, black t-shirt wearing and usually mullet-sporting metal heads) blasting “Shout At The Devil” every time he’s on screen, and that final scene involving the demise of Dexter Holland of the Offspring…not to mention all those fun kills…Idle hands is just a fun and mindless trip through every horror convention known to man. Rent this one as a precursor to a more “serious” horror flick, and have some fun already…