“Idle hands are the devil’s playthings.” This old proverb is the cornerstone of what is, in my opinion, essentially the best 90s stoner flick, and the greatest stoner horror of all time.
In this slept-on comedy-horror, we meet Anton (Devon Sawa), the embodiment of unambitious. There’s an evil spirit going around and possessing the right hand of the laziest slacker around, and as a high school dropout who can’t even be bothered to stop smoking and get off his parents’ couch long enough to take a shower, Anton is that person.
Due to his drug problem (pot, because in movies, marijuana is addictive), and the stench of his own body masking that of his parents’ rotting corpses, Anton doesn’t even realize what’s going on until his possessed hand kills his best friends, Pnub and Mick (Elden Henson and Seth Green). Grieving Anton wrongly assumes that cutting off his hand will kill the spirit within but only succeeds in releasing it from his resistant body. He’s horrified when his detached hand runs off to kill more nice suburban people.
In between tracking down and trying to stop the murderous severed hand, trying not to die from blood loss, and attempting to hook up with his neighbour, Molly (Jessica Alba), Anton still never manages to shower. But with the help of Pnub and Mick’s ghosts, and a professional demon hunter (Viviva A. Fox), he does manage to get more work done in three days than he had in the past 16 years of his life.
Idle Hands is a flick that’s entertaining without being too intense and definitely worth watching more than once just for the laughs and currently very dated late 90s references. I give this one 3 stars.