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Idle Hands (1999/Columbia/Sony/Umbrella Region Free Import Blu-ray)

Picture: B Sound: B Extras: C+ Film: C+

PLEASE NOTE: This Import Blu-ray is now only available from our friends at Umbrella Entertainment in Australia, can play on all Blu-ray players and can be ordered from the link below.

Roman Flender's Idle Hands (1999) is a stoner/ teen horror/ comedy that takes one too many notes from Evil Dead 2 as a possessed hand gets the best of its hero. Slightly dated in some regards with some pretty big plot holes in hindsight and weak character development, the film shines at its brightest during its special effects moments more than other areas, with SFX legend Greg Cannom (Benjamin Button) doing the makeup effects.

The film stars Devon Sawa (Final Destination), Seth Green (Austin Powers), Vivica A. Fox (Independence Day), Fred Willard (infamous comedian), Elden Henson (Netflix's Daredevil), punk rockers The Offspring, and a very young (and jaw-droppingly gorgeous) Jessica Alba.

Set against the backdrop of Halloween, teenage stoner Anton (Sawa) goes about his day unknowing that his parents were brutally murdered in his house the night before by a serial killer. His mind focused more on scoring weed and after smoking a bizarre substitute when he can't find any, he eats a sandwich made of the killer's blood and ends up becoming possessed... well, his hand becomes possessed anyway. Soon, every person he comes in contact with (even his close stoner buddies Henson and Green) the hand murders and soon threatens to off his hot next-door neighbor (Alba) whilst confessing his love for her. A bizarre comedy that is a disturbing look into the mind of a teenage serial killer, Idle Hands isn't exactly a classic, but defiantly a fun watch for horror buffs.

As mentioned, the film's script is absolutely ridiculous, with many characters not very well developed and who make rash decisions that aren't always justified. The worst written character is by far Jessica Alba's - who is super ditsy and doesn't seem to be affected by any of Sawa's strange behavior or absent mindedness that is hardly realistic. The biggest plot hole of all is the absence of a backstory for the killer itself and how Vivica A. Fox's character knows so much about it. If you can overlook these, which at some points are hard to ignore, then you will probably enjoy the film more.

Presented in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and a lossless DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 track, the film looks and sounds fine for the format and is a vast improvement over previous standard definition releases. The film was issued on Blu-ray by Image Entertainment in in U.S. in 2013 and, while I haven't seen that version, I can imagine it looks similar to this one.

Special Features...

Reversible Cover

Deleted Scene


Archival BTS Featurette

For nostalgic purposes, Idle Hands is worth a watch, but I wouldn't necessarily consider it one of my favorite cult horror films by any means.

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- James Lockhart



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