Idle Hands

Production Year: 1999
Release Date: 09/03/2013
Studio: Image Entertainment
Collection Number: 1396

Looking back, the 90's weren't exactly the best decade for Horror films.  Early on we were graced with a few gems, a little over halfway into the decade Scream rippled the waters and kicked off a few awful trends, I feel the 90's ended on a high note however with the insurgence of DVD, home theatres, and a little pile of camp known as Idle Hands.

Anton (Devon Sawa) is a lazy high school student who'd rather smoke weed and scratch his junk than attend any classes.  He's got a few cool friends (Mick; Seth Green, Pnub; Elden Henson) and a pretty big thing for the girl next door (Molly; Jessica Alba,) though he's too shy to ever converse with her.


Are you familiar with the old saying "idle hands are the devil's playground,"  the film takes that notion quite literally.  Anton's right hand becomes possessed and unbeknownst to him begins a small killing spree taking out a few of his fellow classmates along with his parents.  Too foolish to notice the obvious signs, before he can even process what's happening he's taken out those closest to him.


He attempts to "keep the hand busy" by taking up a few new hobbies, but when that fails the next logical step is complete (and bloody) removal.  You can't keep a good hand down however, and in the vein of Evil Dead 2 the evil hand fights back before taking to the streets.


If the summary didn't make it obvious the film is an obnoxiously campy horror-comedy.  The performances are surprisingly great while the story is way out of left field.  Everything is played pretty straight which is always important for a film of this nature.  While it's not winning any awards Idle Hands is a fun way to waste 90 minutes.  It's a film I'm always sure to revisit if I'm yearning for some 90's nostalgia.  Did I mention that it's set on Halloween?  Yep, perfect film for an October viewing.

5 things to look for in Idle Hands

-Those oh-so-Seventeen magazine 90's actors
-Trowel in the basement; Night of the Living Dead on the TV
-Jessica Alba's killer dance moves
-The Offspring
-Evil Dead 2-fu

So onto the important stuff, is this Idle Hands blu-ray worth the upgrade?  I'm afraid it's a "Yes" and a "no."  Picture-wise the film looks great.  Good grain structure, natural colors, the few daytime scenes look terrific.  Most of the film takes place during the night, the sets are lit wonderfully with a wide array of colors used and it really translates well to the high-def medium.  I've got zero complaints in this department.


The lossless 5.1 DTS audio track is more of the same, the film is filled with a lot of the music that used to haunt alternative radio stations in the 90's.  The sound mix is great though, dialogue is never lost to the rock bands or the occasional score.  Things are great across the board as far as picture and sound go...

Now onto the bad...

Zero, zilch, nada.  Which is very disappointing considering the DVD had a number of supplements (commentary, making of, alternate ending) none of which were ported over to the blu-ray.  The DVD was originally released by Columbia, I'm not sure if Image couldn't license the extra features with the film or if they if it's just laziness on their part.  Either way I've gotta knock a few points off the score.

Idle Hands pulls no punches, it knows it's camp and it knows the audience.  The blu-ray is a definite upgrade in PQ and AQ, though the lack of extras makes it feel incomplete.  As such I would say it's worth the upgrade but would advise you to hang on to your DVD.  For those who've yet to see the film it's a worthy purchase if you're a fan of shlock and ridiculous plots. 


4 comments:

  1. Has been way too long since I have seen this one. Want to give it a rewatch!

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