When you think back to the late ‘90s what comes to mind? I always think of the music and the slacker lifestyle that I noticed among young people. If you want to see a movie that makes fun of that ‘90s slacker lifestyle but also works as a splatter film, then you need to check out the forgotten ‘90s horror comedy “Idle Hands.”
Seventeen-year-old slacker Anton Tobias wakes up one Halloween morning to discover that his parents have been turned into headless Halloween decorations. After speaking to his equally irresponsible friends Mick, played by Seth Green of “Robot Chicken,” and Pnub he discovers that his right hand has a blood-thirsty mind of its own and is hell-bent on wreaking havoc whether he likes it or not
Now what is sooo incredibly fun about “Idle Hands” is that it finds the perfect balance of horror and humor, something many horror comedies struggle with. This movie works as a horror film because it is a fun, slapstick, splatter movie with energetic gore scenes. As a comedy this film works as a very funny high school slacker stoner film that screams late 90’s. Not to mention this is also an early film for Jessica Alba and she happens to be at her yummiest in this film.
“Idle Hands” is essentially a fun, energetic Halloween splatter film combined with a hilarious stoner/slacker comedy. These two styles mesh well with each other. If you’re in the mood for a late ‘90s horror film to go with your Halloween season and don’t want all those late ‘90s shit fest “Scream” clones, then pop in “Idle Hands” and have a fun, hilarious and horrifying time
-James J. Coker