Idle Hands title

Tag line : The touching story of a boy and his right hand.

Idle HandsThere's an old saying "The Devil makes work for Idle Hands", and that's exactly what happens to dead beat Anton Tobias (Devon Sawa), who could easily be described as the laziest kid in class if it wasn't for the fact he doesn't even bother attending.

Spending most of his time either in bed, or in front of the TV eating junk food and smoking pot, he is completely dumbfounded when he finds he's somehow involved in the recent spate of serial killings that have been taking place around town.

But when he inadvertently kills his stoner friends, Pnub and Mick (Elden Henson and Seth Green) he realises that he's no longer in control of his right hand, which seems to be possessed by some evil spirit or other. To make matters worse, his hand seems to want to kill the girl across the street, Molly (as played by a then unknown Jessica Alba) quite badly, which is going to rather spoil his chances of asking her out.

Help is at hand (pardon the pun), as Pnub and Mick come back from the dead as zombies to try and help stop Anton's hand and help him win Molly's affection. But with a ruthless druid priestess on his trail (Vivica Fox) looking at stopping him her way, it's going to be one hell of a Halloween party!

Borrowing elements from "Evil Dead" and Peter Jackson's "Brain Dead", this is a hilarious film that manages to get the balance of horror and humour just right. Also featuring a guest appearance by rock band "The Offspring", the film is worth watching just for Jessica Alba's skimpy outfits alone!

Overall Marks : 7/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Alternate tag lines "The comedy that gives horror films the backhand", "The Devil will find work for idle hands to do... but what happens when he chooses the laziest teen slacker in the world to do his dirty work?", "Get your hands on this hot new horror comedy!".

  • Devon Sawa also played Alex in Final Destination.

  • The films budget was $20million.

  • The release date of the film was put back in the states and had only a limited theatrical run due to adverse publicity, as this was one of many horror films being attacked by the media in the wake of the shootings at Columbine high school in the US in 1999. Another film to suffer the media backlash was Ginger Snaps.

  • Jessica Alba went on to play Max in the US TV series "Dark Angel". She also played Nancy in the cult film "Sin City" and Susan Storm in 2005's "Fantastic Four".

  • Rock band "The Offspring" make a guest appearance as the group at the school dance.

  • The ending was originally set at the school's swimming pool, but the film makers didn't think the horror/comedy element worked very well so it was re-shot in the school motor mechanic section. This alternate ending can be found as an extra on the UK and US DVD's.

  • Seth Green also played Oz in the cult TV show "Buffy the Vampire Slayer". Though he's probably best known for providing the voices in "Family Guy" and "Robot Chicken".

  • The movie was filmed in a different area of the same neighbourhood that the original Halloween was filmed in.

  • The US TV version cut out the swearing and drug references, as well as trimming down some of the blood.

  • The employee working on the drive-through at the fast food restaurant was played by Tom Delongue from rock band Blink 182.

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