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  • Summary: Anton Tobias (Sawa) 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. After hanging out with his equally irresponsible friends, Mick (Green) and Pnub (Henson), Anton discovers that his right hand has a very bloodthirsty mind of its own, and it's hell-bent on wreaking deadly havoc with or without him. [Sony] Expand
  • Director: Rodman Flender
  • Genre(s): Sci-Fi, Mystery, Thriller, Fantasy, Horror, Comedy
  • Rating: R
  • Runtime: 90 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 20
  2. Negative: 13 out of 20
  1. 80
    Loaded with smart sight gags and endearing secondary characters, it effectively mixes slapstick splatter and deadpan satire...Pretty damned irresistible.
  2. 63
    Exhibiting high spirits and a crazed comic energy. It doesn't quite work, but it goes down swinging--with a disembodied hand.
  3. What Idle Hands lacks in originality, it makes up for in energy and insolence. It takes guts for a movie to indulge as much as this one does in proto-hippie humor and you find yourself tickled, in spite of yourself, by the movie's nerve, if not its jokes.
  4. 30
    Their splashy gore is more convincing than this incompetent horror-comedy's attempt to mock bourgeois high school dissoluteness without appearing judgmental.
  5. When a movie sets out to be awful and achieves its goal, does that make it a success?
  6. Even pretensions toward the humorous and hip cannot save this blood-drenched film from its innate tastelessness.
  7. As stupefyng as Idle Hands is while the title appendage is still attached to Anton, it goes into a whole other realm of godawfulness when the demon digits take off on their own.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Sep 7, 2014
    Idle Hands is a hilarious horror comedy that was unfairly reviewed and it works on every level.
  2. MeganL
    Jul 21, 2009
    This is a way cool teen movie i love it!
  3. Jul 11, 2014
    One of the coolest horror comedies I've ever seen. The actor from final destination Devon Sawa does a
    great job in the movie along with a
    gifted cast. The movie has Seth Green, Jessica Alba, Fred Willard from
    Anchorman and Vivica A. Fox from Kill Bill. Idle Hands is utter fun for any horror fan, the sooner you see
    the movie the sooner you will love it.
  4. Sep 13, 2014
    The main actor from Final Destination is in this horror movie and he is great, so is Seth Green from Buffy.
  5. Sep 12, 2014
    Idle Hands is a wild ride and has a perfect blend of horror and comedy.
  6. Jul 9, 2014
    Idle Hands is a hilarious horror comedy. Devon Sawa from Final Destination plays a teen who's hand
    becomes possessed by the devil because of
    his idleness. I love Idle Hands and the movie never
    hits a false note. Sawa should've made more horror movies because he really suited these movies !
  7. Apr 4, 2011
    A horrible wasted time. I expected this to be a riff off of Evil Dead 2 and be more funny than scary. It was neither. This movie wastes the talent of Seth Green, still seems lame with it's R rating and gives you nothing to root for, (I hated the main character, he was dumb, knew nothing about weed for being such a stoner, and ultimately killed everyone around him). This movie single handedly ended Devon Sawa's career, (for good reason). Collapse

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