Idle Hands was supposed to be a horror movie spoof; instead, it turned out to be gross-out horror movie lacking any substance, including horror or comedy, with a hand-off approach to entertainment.
Devon Sawa stars as the boy with the psychotic hand who, after killing a series of people, including his parents and best friends (who come back to life without any negative attitudes towards him), cuts off his hand only to be forced to chase it down later. His role was more physical than anything else; all he had to do was run around, twitching his fingers around, and hope for the best. But, unfortunately, that's the plot of the movie as well.
Even Seth Green, who plays Scott Evil in the Austin Powers movies, cannot save this movie from putridity (nor can the scantily-clad babe Jessica Alba). While he does crack some good ones (including a funny line at the end), his character is just as bland as the rest. What was most confusing was why the two dead friends showed no animosity towards the star, even though he (or his hand) had killed them. And even dead, their motto seems to be, "Use marijuana!" and actually, marijuana is one way they stop the hand in the end.
Vivica Fox plays Debi, a woman who is introduced quite suddenly as the one person who knows how to stop the hand. Of course, she has runs around much like the doctor in Halloween or that guy in the forgettable Vampires. Her character is anything but useful.
This was supposed to be a horror/comedy, but it was neither. Not only was it not scary (which I wasn't expecting in the first place), but it was more gross than funny. The nonstop gore and drug jokes made this movie intolerable, and the trite methods of filming make Idle Hands an idle loser.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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