Idle Hands

on April 30, 1999 by Tim Cogshell
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Horror comedies are an odd hybrid. They're usually less scary than gross and less funny than silly, neither of which is necessarily bad. Consider "An American Werewolf in London," "Evil Dead II" and "Army of Darkness," quintessential horror comedies that found popularity with niche audiences expressly because of their gory giddyness. "Idle Hands" fits comfortably into the same category: It's loose with the blood and guts, and zany without being too spoofy.   
   Anton ("SLC Punk!'s" Devon Sawa) is the kind of teenager that put the slack in "slacker." He does nothing except watch television and smoke pot. He's so idle, in fact, that his right hand becomes possessed by an obscure demon, as predicted by the old adage "Idle hands do the devil's work." In Anton's case, that work includes committing a number of gruesome murders. At first he's unaware that he is the source of the mayhem--until he stumbles across his headless parents and starts to put together a number of clues he might have noticed earlier if he weren't stoned all the time. After figuring out that his hand has a mind of its own, Anton enlists the help of fellow pot-heads Pnub ("She's All That's" Elden Henson) and Mick (Seth Green of TV's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer") to help him get things in hand, so to speak. "Idle Hands" is not as derivative as it might have been considering the recent spate of teen-horror fare. It's no classic, but it's enough fun to while away your idle time. Starring Devon Sawa, Seth Green, Elden Henson and Vivica A. Fox. Directed by Rodman Flender. Written by Terri Hughes & Ron Milbauer. Produced by Andrew Licht, Jeffery A. Mueller, Suzanne Todd, Jennifer Todd. A Columbia release. Horror/comedy. Rated R for horror violence and gore, pervasive teen drug use, language and sexuality. Running time: 92 min
Tags: Devon Sawa, Seth Green, Elden Henson and Vivica A. Fox. Directed by Rodman Flender. Written by Terri Hughes & Ron Milbauer. Produced by Andrew Licht, Jeffery A. Mueller, Suzanne Todd, Jennifer Todd. A Columbia release. Horror/comedy, possessed, demon, gory, giddyness
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