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Idle Hands (1999)

R  |   |  Comedy, Horror, Thriller  |  30 April 1999 (USA)
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Lazy Anton's right hand becomes possessed with murderous intent.


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Ruck (as Nick Sadler)


Seventeen year old slacker Anton Tobias wakes up one Halloween morning to discover that both of his parents have been turned into two headless Halloween decorations. After speaking to his equally irresponsible friends, Mick and Pnub, he discovers that his right hand has a blood-thirsty mind of its own and is hell-bent on wreaking havoc whether he likes it or not. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for horror violence and gore, pervasive teen drug use, language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 April 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El diablo metió la mano  »

Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,807,181 (USA) (30 April 1999)


$4,002,955 (USA) (11 June 1999)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Anton, stunned after killing his two friends, walks into a support beam in his house, the thudding noise his body makes was not digitally added in after production - this is Devon Sawa actually walking into the solid-wood support beam. Often, when the cast would do a photo shoot or had to re-shoot a scene after this one, Devon would start off by walking into the support beam over and over again to the point that editors working below the stage started to wonder what the noise was. See more »


The United States DVD claims to include supplementary production notes, but there are none on the disc or printed inside the cover. See more »


Mick: Hey, you're right, Anton screams like a girl.
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Spoofs Bull Durham (1988) See more »


Written and Performed by Btk (as BTK)
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User Reviews

Comedy & Horror Seem To Work Well Together
1 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I thought this was going to be just another dumb teen comedy. After watching the first 10 minutes, I was convinced it was, and was ready to try something else. Well, I am glad I stayed with it. It was very funny and a combination comedy and horror film. Yes, it's humor geared more for teens but people far older than 15 should still get a lot of laughs out of this.

Warning: some of the scenes are pretty gross, at least for a comedy, but that's what made those particularly scenes funny. Comedy and horror mix well together, anyway.

The film reminded me a bit of "American Werewolf in London" with the "undead" kids. Despite the absurdity of it, there are a couple of good message in here....but, generally, this is purely escapist fun and nothing else.

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