Idle Hands (1999)

Genres - Comedy, Horror  |   Sub-Genres - Gross-Out Comedy, Horror Comedy, Teen Movie  |   Release Date - Apr 30, 1999 (USA)  |   Run Time - 92 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - R
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Review by Jeremy Wheeler

Released hot on the heels of a long line of conventional Scream rip-offs, Idle Hands unleashed its own brand of silly, gore-soaked black comedy upon unsuspecting moviegoers in 1999, only to find its true audience later on video and DVD. Definitely a case of "it's better than you think," this horror comedy is high on gags and giant doses of marijuana. While social drug use is the norm in these types of flicks, weed is integral to many of the characters -- and humor -- of the film, as is the love for good old bloody slapstick. It's as if Evil Dead 2 took a massive bong hit and decided to make a teen love slasher story. By the end, there're stoned ghost zombies, young Jessica Alba, and plenty of decapitated-hand insanity to entertain any happy horror fiend. In the lead role, Devon Sawa shows off a fairly good knack for physical comedy and Seth Green provides some choice one-liners as one of the two dead stoner friends in the neighborhood (which in a sly wink, just so happens to be the same one from John Carpenter's Halloween).