Unfortunately, the film was released less than two weeks after the Columbine shootings, so it was a victim of colossal bad timing. Nobody was interested in watching teens meet their fate, even in jest. Spoofing horror flicks is a time-honored tradition that reached its peak with the 'Scream' trilogy. 'Idle Hands,' our free movie of the day, is an overlooked gem of the genre.
Unfortunately, the film was released less than two weeks after the Columbine shootings, so it was a victim of colossal bad timing. Nobody was interested in watching teens meet their fate, even in jest.
Too bad, because 10 years removed from that tragedy, 'Idle Hands' looks more like a relatively harmless hoot. Anton Tobias (Devon Sawa) is a stoner with two slacker buds (Seth Green and Elden Henson), who is crazy about his foxy neighbor Molly (Jessica Alba), but too wasted to pursue her -- or even to notice that his parents have disappeared during Halloween.
Soon he realizes that they were killed by his satanically possessed right hand, which we all know is a major drag. His two pals are his next victims, but they miraculously come back to life after he buries them in his backyard. With a setup like this, Sawa gets to indulge in some hilarious physical comedy fighting off his unruly appendage, and Green (doing his best wiseass Scott Evil bit) and Henson keep up a running line of snappy undead quips.
As in any self-respecting horror flick, the means of murder are all-important. In this case, beer bottles, knitting needles and power saw blades are among the evil hand's chosen tools. But the film's dialogue ("Can you see us ... groovin' to Hanson and Jewel? What, do we look like total losers, man?") is what keeps things popping.
In the end, 'Idle Hands' keeps us asking, will Vivica A. Fox's supernatural investigator chase down the hand? Will Anton get to seduce Molly before the hand can murder her? Does any of it matter? Heck, no. But while we're waiting to find out, we're treated to a satisfying splatterfest that's as funny as it is gory.