MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 370 this week

Idle Hands (1999)

R  |   |  Comedy, Horror, Thriller  |  30 April 1999 (USA)
6.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.2/10 from 31,818 users   Metascore: 31/100
Reviews: 194 user | 55 critic | 20 from Metacritic.com

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

Director:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 31 titles
created 02 Jun 2011
 
a list of 23 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 43 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 27 titles
created 7 months ago
 
a list of 40 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Idle Hands" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Idle Hands (1999)

Idle Hands (1999) on IMDb 6.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Idle Hands.

User Polls

2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Paranoid I (2000)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

A stressed out fashion model Chloe is invited by an acquaintance to a dinner party with some friends of his in a house far from London. She faints and when she wakes up, everybody has left ... See full summary »

Director: John Duigan
Stars: Jessica Alba, Iain Glen, Jeanne Tripplehorn
Venus Rising (1995)
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.3/10 X  

After escaping from the island prison where they grew up, Eve and Vegas make it to the "real world." But the world they discover is not what they expected. Set in the future, "Venus Rising"... See full summary »

Directors: Leora Barish, Edgar Michael Bravo
Stars: Jessica Alba, Henry Bean, Dennis Dun
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

After a teenager has a terrifying vision of him and his friends dying in a plane crash, he prevents the accident only to have Death hunt them down, one by one.

Director: James Wong
Stars: Devon Sawa, Ali Larter, Kerr Smith
Devil's Den (2006)
Action | Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Two small time drug-dealers cross paths with a female-assassin, a monster hunter, a Japanese swordsman and even the Devil himself at a gentlemen's club housing murderous she-demons.

Director: Jeff Burr
Stars: Kelly Hu, Devon Sawa, Ken Foree
Slackers (2002)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

When geeky Ethan discovers three fellow students scamming the examination system, he blackmails them to win over the college's most popular girl.

Director: Dewey Nicks
Stars: Devon Sawa, Robert B. Martin Jr., Jason Segel
The Boys Club (1997)
Drama | Thriller | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Three teenage boys in small-town Southern Ontario are thrilled when Luke Cooper, a mysterious American fugitive with a gunshot wound in his leg, decides to crash their secret hideout. Luke ... See full summary »

Director: John Fawcett
Stars: Chris Penn, Dominic Zamprogna, Stuart Stone
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The five piece rock band The Upper Crust dress like 18th century European noblemen and sing about being fabulously rich. They start out playing the dingiest of dive-bars. One of them will ... See full summary »

Director: Rodman Flender
Stars: Chris Cote, Dave Fredette, Nat Freedberg
Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

The new kid in town stumbles across something sinister about the town's method of transforming its unruly teens into upstanding citizens.

Director: David Nutter
Stars: James Marsden, Katie Holmes, Nick Stahl
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

John Truscott goes to Borneo to work with the Iban. He reports to Henry Bullard, who gives him a "sleeping dictionary"--one of the locals who teaches him the local language and culture. And... See full summary »

Director: Guy Jenkin
Stars: Jessica Alba, Brenda Blethyn, Hugh Dancy
Documentary | Horror | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Beyond Clueless is a dizzying journey into the mind, body and soul of the teen movie, as seen through the eyes of over 200 modern coming-of-age classics.

Director: Charlie Lyne
Stars: Fairuza Balk
Idol Hands (1999)
Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Old friends gathered for a poker game, have their evening interrupted when a buddy they haven't seen in months drops by uninvited. He accounts for his recent whereabouts by spinning a ... See full summary »

Director: Joe DeMaio
Stars: Joe Pallister, Matt Kowalski, Kris Carr
Idle Hands (1921)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: Frank Reicher
Stars: Gail Kane, Thurston Hall, J. Herbert Frank
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Ruck (as Nick Sadler)
...
...
...
...
...
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The comedy that gives horror films the backhand. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

30 April 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El diablo metió la mano  »

Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$4,002,955 (USA) (11 June 1999)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Thomas DeLonge:  Drive-Thru employee wearing a safari hat who says "Alright!" See more »

Goofs

Both hands are visible. After Curtis and Tiffany are found in the car, Anton places his right hand on Mick's shoulder, then his left hand as he's walking away. See more »

Quotes

Anton: We're gathered here today... um... because you're all dead.
See more »

Connections

References ER (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

New York Groove
Written by Russell Ballard
Performed by Ace Frehley
Courtesy of Mercury Records
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

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.


44 of 49 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Why doesn't Anton remember killing his parents? mikemike-14
Why is this on LOGO? krisw
One of my favorite films from the horror/comedy genre. Baneone
Favourite Quotes? miss-freudstein
Seth Green's Lines chevroletimpala
song on molly's cd player firefly-24
Discuss Idle Hands (1999) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page