Two of my favourite movie genres are comedy and horror. But my most favourite movie genre is comic horror. I doubt if any other movie fits this bill as superbly as Idle Hands.
Released in 1999, Idle Hands is directed by Rodman Flender, written by Terri Hughes and Ron Milbauer. It stars Devon Sawa, Seth Green, Elden Henson and Jessica Alba.
Idle Hands is the touching story of a boy and his hand. The entire movie is based on one saying: ‘Idle hands are the devil’s playground’. Devon Sawa plays Anton Tobias, a typical American teen who is a lazy stoner. His life is all about lying around all day, eating, watching sadistic music videos on TV and smoking weed. His town is in the grips of a manic serial killer, but Anton cares little, until his parents end up dead and all clues to their murders point towards him. But he’s not the actual killer, it’s his right hand! And his possessed right hand’s next target is Molly (Jessica Alba), the love of Anton’s life. Somehow, Anton has to stop his hand from killing Molly. His friends Mick (Green) and Pnub (Henson) are there to help him out, but Anton’s hand kills them too. The storyline of Idle Hands is wacky and that’s the best thing about the movie.
The other good thing about Idle Hands is the acting. Seth Green and Jessica Alba I knew about, but I really loved Devon Sawa’s portrayal of Anton. He’s really cool and fun. Also worth mentioning is Connie Ray’s (Anton’s mother) acting in the movie’s initial sequence.
As such, Idle Hands is a slapstick comedy, but it has some wonderful gory, violent scenes. Horror and humour has been mixed superbly in the dialogues, acting and sequences. The film makes you cringe and it makes you laugh, but the best part is that it’s an entertainer to the core.
Someone on the internet described Idle Hands as ‘devil’s work, but heavenly entertaining’. No other words could describe the flick better. A definite must watch.
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