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Idle Hands (1999)

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Lazy Anton's right hand becomes possessed with murderous intent.

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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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The Devil will find work for idle hands to do... but what happens when he chooses the laziest teen slacker in the world to do his dirty work? See more »


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

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30 April 1999 (USA)  »

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El diablo metió la mano  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$4,002,955 (USA) (11 June 1999)
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The trailer contains a scene of Mick and Pnub ascending a heavenly staircase wearing football equipment. This is a scene from the alternate ending included on the DVD. See more »

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When Pnub is trying to run out of the door after Anton kills Mick, he opens the door for a second and a light stand is visible. See more »

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Mick: Let's go walk through a nurse.
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References Baywatch (1989) See more »

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Excellent, violent tongue in a cheek slapstick horror comedy
21 May 2002 | by (Järvenpää, Finland) – See all my reviews

I can only say that I never expected very much from "Idle hands" but luckily I watched it anyway because the film turned out to be rather a pleasant surprise. Brutal gore effects, amusing dialogue, wacky storyline and wild situation comic makes this film much better than most of the recently released horror flicks. Devon Sawa was amazingly funny in the leading role of young Anton and I have to give it to him: he really performed some pretty damn skillful and terrificly successful slapstick comedy. Seth Green and Elden Henson as his silly pothead pals were highly amusing too and Jessica Alba was, well, simply lovely. This movie contains such a crazy ideas and black, wicked humor I can't help of loving it. I also have to say how very happy I was to find out that "Idle hands" wasn't just a bunch of teens screaming, running and hiding from the vicious serial killer but actually much more than that. I'm also a fan of The Ramones and this movie gave me a nice opportunity to hear their classic hit song "I wanna be sedated" as performed by The Offspring. So I suggest you to forget your ridiculous "Scream" -trilogy and the likes of "I know what you did last summer" and "The Faculty" and watch refreshing "Idle hands" instead. This dark and speedy tongue in a cheek splatter comedy is a great, captivating experience you shouldn't miss if you wanna enjoy and have some bloody good laughs.


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