Film / Idle Hands

A 1999 horror comedy, starring Devon Sawa, Seth Green, and Jessica Alba in her second major studio film to be released (only a few weeks after her first, Never Been Kissed).

Anton Tobias is a typical lazy stoner. He lives a typical life in suburbia, complete with two pot smoking buddies, a crush on the cute girl, and life is generally good. Until his parents and various other people around town are murdered. The culprit? Anton's right hand.

The movie was a commercial flop, but has garnered a nice little cult following in recent years.

This film provides examples of:

  • Big Bad: The evil force possessing Anton's hand.
  • The Cameo: Dexter Holland, lead singer of The Offspring, as the singer of the band at the dance. Tom Delonge of blink 182 and Angels & Airwaves fame was a drive-thru employee.
  • Chained to a Bed: When things are getting hot and heavy with Molly, Anton ties his own hand to the bed. He's doing it for her safety, but she thinks he's just being kinky.
  • Coincidental Dodge: Happens several times.
  • Connect the Deaths: They form a pentagram.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Anton's theory about why his other hand didn't get possessed. It was never idle for long.
  • Deadly Rotary Fan: How the hand killed Tanya.
  • Demonic Possession: What's happened to Anton's hand.
  • Dirty Cop: Two of them harass Anton until he kills them.
  • Dying Clue: Anton's name is half-written on the floor, close to where his father was murdered.
  • Dynamic Entry: How does Anton's evil hand make itself known at the dance? By dropping from the ceiling and scalping the singer of the band
  • Evil Hand:...Duh. It turns into a Helping Hand after it's cut off.
  • Expressive Mask: When the hand disguises itself as a clown, it gets hit by a puff of stoner smoke, turning the clown face into a derpy look.
  • Fanservice: Jessica Alba. Sexy angel costume. That's all that need be said.
    • That and Molly (the Alba) spending the climax in nothing but her underwear. Even if in said climax the hand has (somehow) managed to tie her onto the roof of a car that's on a hydraulic lift in a garage, and is trying to kill her by crushing her against the ceiling.
  • Grievous Bottley Harm: Anton kills Mick by stabbing him in the head with a broken beer bottle. It remains wedged in when he comes back as a zombie.
  • Horror Doesn't Settle for Simple Tuesday: Halloween.
  • Life-or-Limb Decision: With his possessed hand trying to off him, Anton chops it off and traps it in the microwave.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Mick and Pnub unleash Anton's trapped hand from the microwave while trying to fix themselves a snack.
  • Off with His Head!: How Anton kills Pnub.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: Mick and Pnub act pretty much the same way dead as they did alive.
  • Refusing Paradise: After getting killed, Mick and Pnub refused to "come to the light" because it was too far. Anton blew off Heaven after accidentally getting crushed by a car in a hydraulic lift, because Molly taking care of him in bed "beats the shit out of Heaven."
  • Shout-Out: Don't tell me Anton's severed hand moving about and killing people isn't a reference to Evil Dead 2.
  • Sin Invites Possession: This film takes the phrase "Idle Hands are the Devil's playthings" literally.
  • The Slacker: Anton at the start of the movie.
  • The Stoner: Yes.