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Oozing 90s teen horror charm, “Idle Hands” perfectly nails the balance of Horror and comedy while delivering plenty of gory goodness.

Idle Hands

This episode originally aired on October 21, 2023, as a Halloween watch. It’s one of Drek’s all-time favorites — a witty, very funny teen horror comedy that has stood the test of time.

Show Notes From Drek:

Idle Hands, a 1999 horror-comedy film directed by Rodman Flender (director of The Office and Scream: The TV Series), is a delightful departure from traditional horror movies. It stars Devon Sawa (Final Destination) as Anton, a teenager whose life takes a bizarre turn when his right hand becomes possessed by an evil force, leading to a string of gruesome murders. What sets this film apart is its clever blend of horror and humor.

The plot revolves around Anton, a slacker with no ambition, whose life unravels as his malevolent hand embarks on a murder spree. The dark and absurd humor prevalent throughout the film is one of its defining features. Idle Hands doesn’t take itself too seriously, embracing its own absurdity and delivering a polarizing experience.

While some viewers may find the campy and unconventional nature of the film entertaining, others might be put off by its graphic violence and occasional juvenile humor.

Over the years, Idle Hands has garnered a cult following, primarily because of its unique fusion of horror and comedy. While it may not be considered a cinematic masterpiece, it provides a refreshing and unconventional take on the horror genre. Devon Sawa’s portrayal of the unwitting and hapless Anton further contributes to the film’s charm.

Idle Hands is a film that caters to those with a taste for dark humor and a willingness to embrace its absurdity. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s a worthwhile watch for those seeking a different and somewhat offbeat horror-comedy experience.

 

As always, be sure to send suggestions for any movies you’d like to see covered on the podcast. You can find all of Drek’s socials, links to past episodes, and even an option to leave a voice message on his show page here.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Morbidly Beautiful’s own Jamie Marino (co-host of the Untold Horrors podcast) joins Drek for an extraordinary Halloween episode. Get ready for a night of spooks, thrills, and insightful horror discussions as the two Terrifier, Coffin Joe, and Michael Dougherty’s modern Halloween classic Trick ‘r Treat.

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