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Thinner (1996)

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The plot of Thinner concerns massively overweight lawyer Billy Halleck (Robert John Burke), who is receiving an oral gift from his wife (Lucinda Jenney) while driving down the street one night, when he becomes so carried away that he runs over an old Gypsy woman (Irma St. Paule), killing her. Nobody in town likes the traveling Gypsies much, so Halleck's pals -- a judge and a cop -- cover up the incident. After the cover-up, the dead woman's father, Tadzu Lempke (Michael Constantine), touches

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Tom Holland, Michael McDowell

Oct 7, 1997

Republic Pictures Home Video

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Thinner continues in a kind of cartoony vein, almost making fun of itself as it goes along, but not exactly getting any laughs.

August 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

A constantly absorbing little chiller directed by the underrated Tom Holland (Fright Night, Child's Play).

January 23, 2006
Fantastica Daily

Stephen King's freakiest film in eons

March 23, 2005
Moviehole

Mediocre Steven King adaptation. Interesting horror idea in light of society's obsession with dieting, but really just another horror movie.

July 14, 2003
About.com

The film isn't scary and it isn't funny. What it is, is dull.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for Thinner

Tom Holland's Thinner is an excellent horror tale that deserves more praise than it originally got. Tom Holland is a great director in the genre and he crafts yet another terrific tale of horror based on the book by the same name by Stephen King (who wrote the book under the pseudonym Richard Bachman). The plot surrounds Billy Halleck who is cursed by Gypsy's after Helleck accidentally kills a member of their clan. Now, Billy Halleck is losing weight more and more. Holland delivers a great film with Thinner, and he keeps the chills going due to his knack of creating a tense, creepy atmosphere, which he applied in his 1985 masterwork, Fright Night. This is a well made horror film that has some great special effects and effective chills to keep you interested from start to finish. Thinner is quite frankly an underrated Stephen King adaptation and it definitely is worth seeing if you love King's work. This is an entertaining film that should appeal to horror fans. Despite its flaws, this is one of the better King adaptations and it is one of the better horror films of the 90's. At times the film is genuinely creepy and Tom Holland pulls off something wonderful with great scrip at hand, therefore this is the director's best work since 1985's Fright Night. If you're looking for an effective and entertaining horror yarn, give this film a shot. A much underrated film, Thinner deserves a bit more praise than what it actually received. This is a memorable horror film that boasts impressive special effects and pretty good acting.
September 17, 2012
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Another terrible made for TV adaption of one of Stephen King's more psychologically disturbing stories. This is not scary, inaccurate and plain stupid. The acting is terrible, the special effects are laughable and it has zero effect. It's better forgotten, hopefully one day it will be remade with a little respect and a decent screenwriter and director.
June 4, 2010
ythelastman89

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I think it lived up to the book....even though it felt lite they just tried to sum up every scene in the fastest way possible...the movie could have been longer. But they shure found the perfect guy to play Billy.
April 4, 2010
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Martin Sahlin

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Stephen Kings Thinner is a great example to take those gypsy serious. I enjoyed this Movie.
December 8, 2009
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