199 user 59 critic

Idle Hands (1999)

2:24 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

A teenage slacker's right hand becomes possessed with murderous intent.


4,302 ( 158)
2 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Faculty (1998)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Students suspect that their teachers are aliens after bizarre occurrences.

Director: Robert Rodriguez
Stars: Jordana Brewster, Clea DuVall, Laura Harris
Urban Legend (1998)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A college student suspects a series of bizarre deaths are connected to certain urban legends.

Director: Jamie Blanks
Stars: Jared Leto, Alicia Witt, Rebecca Gayheart
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
Horror | 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
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Two college roommates go out and party, resulting in bad grades. They learn of the clause that says, "If your roommate dies, you get an A," and decide to find someone who is on the verge, so to speak, to move in with them.

Director: Alan Cohn
Stars: Tom Everett Scott, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Poppy Montgomery
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
SLC Punk! (1998)
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In the early 1980s Stevo and Heroin Bob are the only two dedicated punks in conservative Salt Lake City.

Director: James Merendino
Stars: Matthew Lillard, Michael A. Goorjian, Annabeth Gish
The Craft (1996)
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A newcomer to a Catholic prep high school falls in with a trio of outcast teenage girls who practice witchcraft and they all soon conjure up various spells and curses against those who even slightly anger them.

Director: Andrew Fleming
Stars: Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A millionaire offers a group of diverse people $1,000,000 to spend the night in a haunted house with a horrifying past.

Director: William Malone
Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Famke Janssen, Taye Diggs
Ginger Snaps (2000)
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Two death-obsessed sisters, outcasts in their suburban neighborhood, must deal with the tragic consequences when one of them is bitten by a deadly werewolf.

Director: John Fawcett
Stars: Emily Perkins, Katharine Isabelle, Kris Lemche
Lake Placid (1999)
Action | Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Three people attempt to stop a gigantic crocodile, who is terrorizing residents in Black Lake, Maine.

Director: Steve Miner
Stars: Bridget Fonda, Bill Pullman, Oliver Platt
Action | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A flighty teenage girl learns that she is her generation's destined battler of vampires.

Director: Fran Rubel Kuzui
Stars: Kristy Swanson, Donald Sutherland, Paul Reubens


Cast overview, first billed only:
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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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 »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

30 April 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El diablo metió la mano  »

Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

| |


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


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


Anton disconnects the blue mouthpiece to his "asthma inhaler" and begins to light up, however the mouth piece is knocked out of his hand when Mick reaches through the ground and grabs Anton. When Anton stands up, the blue mouth piece is still attached. See more »


Anton: [Hears moaning coming from Mick's grave] Mick?
Mick: Over here. Anton, help me. Come on, man, I can't breathe down here. Anton? Anton, can you hear me?
Anton: [Kneels and leans over Mick's grave] Mick?
Mick: Yeah man, it's Mick.
Anton: You're dead!
Mick: No I'm not! You conked me on the head pretty good. I must've been unconcious.
Anton: You think?
Mick: I know fucker, now dig me up!
See more »


Spoofs Re-Animator (1985) See more »


Second Solution
Written by Chris Cheney
Performed by The Living End
Courtesy of Reprise Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
& Modular Recordings Pty. Ltd.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

I love this movie!
11 August 2004 | by (Flower Mound, Texas) – See all my reviews

What more can I say about this movie?

All I knew about it was that it had quite a few elements of teen comedy and that I've only seen the tail end of it a few times.

Now that I finally saw the whole thing, it's now one of my favorites!

It's a welcome change from most of the horror movies I've seen.

Great music, great acting, and gorgeous women (Specifically speaking, Jessica Alba)... what more do you want?

This is one of those movies that you can watch and understand it perfectly... whether or not you're stoned.

10 out of 10

9 of 12 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
he could just lie down hornblower-1
Discuss Idle Hands (1999) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page