Idle Hands (1999)
It’s a bit ironic that it’s taken me over a month to write this review. I feel like I’m channeling Anton’s, the hero and villian of the the film, lazy procrastinating attitude towards everything. That’s right… I was just exploring the character.
Idle Hands is a horror comedy about Anton Tobias and his unusual problem. After a seventeen year life of sloth Anton is the ultimate slacker. Spending every free moment lounging on the couch watching TV or playing video games he lives a life of “idle hands”. Heeey… that’s the name of the movie. Hey wakes up one morning to find that his parents have been brutally murdered. After going to his best friends for help he comes to the horrifying realization that his hand has become possessed and is responsible for his parent’s death and now his friend’s as well. Now Anton’s hand is after his life long crush and it’s up to Anton to save her by any means necessary. But hey wouldn’t you cut off your hand for Jessica Alba?
I had forgotten how entertaining this film is. It’s been about 10 years since I first saw it. It was a great mix of humor and horror, and the addition of Jessica Alba doesn’t hurt at all. The zombie element in this movie is not a featured one. After killing his two best friends they return as zombies because walking to the white light was too much effort for them. Lazy to the end and beyond. They provide a lot of the comedy in this film, one of them being the hilarious Seth Green so you can kind of expect that. But outside of the scenes those two are in there are no zombies or zombie themes. The rest of the film is more devil possession related. So if you’re ok with watching a zombie film that is really only a sub-plot zombie film then definitely give Idle Hands a viewing. You won’t be disappointed. But don’t expect lots of brain eating zombies and scenes of extreme zombie genocide. It’s just not going to happen here.