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Film / Idle Hands

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The touching story of a boy and his right hand.

Idleness: A model farm where the devil experiments with seeds of new sins and promotes the growth of staple vices.

A 1999 Horror Comedy, starring Devon Sawa (Anton Tobias), Seth Green (Mick), Elden Henson (Pnub), Vivica A. Fox (Debi LeCure) and Jessica Alba (Molly) 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:

  • An Arm and a Leg: Anton tries to stop his possessed hand by cutting it off. All this does is allow the hand to roam around independently and kill without Anton being present.
  • Anticlimax: Debi skewers the hand with her magic knife, and it disappears in a pathetic little puff of smoke.
  • 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.
  • Connect the Deaths: They form a pentagram.
  • CPR: Clean, Pretty, Reliable: Randy uses this on Debbi after she's knocked out to revive her.
  • Deadly Rotary Fan: How the hand killed Tanya.
  • Death by Cameo: Dexter Holland gets this via having his scalp ripped off by the hand.
  • Demonic Possession: What's happened to Anton's hand.
  • Descending Ceiling: Played with, in the climax The Hand has (somehow) managed to tie Molly 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 by raising it.
  • Dirty Cop: Two of them bump into Anton, who recognizes them as dorks back when they were in school. They 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: The antagonist of the film is the evil force that possesses hands. 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:
  • Fat and Skinny: Mick and Phub.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Molly has to grab and shake Tanya a bit to calm her down as their trying to escape through the rotary fan.
  • Girl Next Door: Molly, Anton's longtime crush who lived next to his house for years. Although she's much more forward than expected.
  • Give Geeks a Chance: Tanya compliments Phub's "Make up" at the dance and starts dancing with and kissing him.
  • 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.
  • Hot as Hell: Tanya wears a tight devil costume to the school dance, and makes out with Phub for a while.
  • Horror Doesn't Settle for Simple Tuesday: The events of the movie take place on Halloween.
  • Hot Witch: Hot Druid in Debi's case.
  • Hunter of Monsters: Debi, who comes from a long line of druidic priestesses sworn to defeat this specific evil.
  • Life-or-Limb Decision: With his possessed hand trying to off him, Anton chops it off and traps it in the microwave.
  • Mood Whiplash: Molly and Tanta crawling through the vents, with Tanya musing about how Pnub is cooler than she thought and she kind of likes him (with Molly saying this isn't the time for that) gives way to a very tense and dangerous scene when they round the corner to the Deadly Rotary Fan they need to get through.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Molly wears a lot of revealing clothes and is only in her underwear for the entire climax. Lampshaded by Mick when her dress gets ripped off.
    Mick: Bet she wins best costume.
  • Naughty Nuns: Debbi isn't above having sex, as shown with Randy.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Mick and Pnub unleash Anton's trapped hand from the microwave while trying to fix themselves a snack. In their defense, they didn't know the hand was in the microwave.
  • Nun Too Holy: Debi LeCure is introduced as a Nun investigating The Hand, but is quick to swear when finds it escaped and takes off her nun outfit to reveal Tomboy clothes underneath and drives off in her trailer.
  • 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."
  • Shipper on Deck: Tanya seems to support Molly and Anton being together, saying she bets she knows who Molly is waiting for at the dance.
    Tanya: Molly, what's bugging you?
    Holly: Just thinking.
    Tanya: (grinning) And I know who about!
    Holly: Just thought he'd be here by now.
    Tanya: He'll be here.
  • 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 / The Stoner: Anton at the start of the movie is seen even by his parents as a useless slacker who just smokes all day. His "dream life" lie down every day in bed watching TV.
  • Stripping Snag: When Molly is tied to a car that's being raised to the ceiling, Anton tries to get her free but only manages to snag away her dress, leaving her in her underwear.
  • Talking in Bed: The movie opens with Anton's parents talking in bed, just before going to sleep when they're killed by The Hand.
  • Those Two Guys: Phub and Mick are constantly together and have some comic barter.
  • Victory Sex: When druidic priestess Debi (Vivica A. Fox) finally uses her enchanted dagger to kill the demonically possessed hand, it's time for this with metalhead Randy (who'd been trying to score with her the whole last act of the film, but she was too focused on her mission).
    Debi: Well, my work here is done. Time for the ritualistic sex. (turns to Randy) Coming?
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: After Anton amputates his hand, it tries to kill him, no longer needing him.