Thinner Reviews

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Super Reviewer
½ September 16, 2012
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.
Super Reviewer
½ June 4, 2010
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.
Super Reviewer
April 4, 2010
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.
Super Reviewer
December 8, 2009
Stephen Kings Thinner is a great example to take those gypsy serious. I enjoyed this Movie.
Super Reviewer
July 17, 2009
When i saw the cover of the video jacket, i knew i was in for a cheesy but probably enjoyable flick. It is a watchable film, and follows the plot of the novel pretty well all told. The actors were adequate, but not noteworthy. Some people have commented on the fact that William Halleck does not seem like a likeable character, and this is true of the film, but the novel delves more into his relationship with his daughter, and gives us a far more rounded character who isn't just motivated by hatred and revenge; we see that this is a man who loves his daughter deeply, and is terrified by what is happening to him. All in all, forgetable but worth watching just to see King in a cameo as the pharmacist.

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This film really distinguishes itself within the slasher genre. It's that rare occurrence of a horror film that doesn't feel like a horror film, just a story.

The characters are all carefully portrayed by a mostly unknown cast who were allowed to improvise much of their dialogue. The characters are all well defined and form a totally believable and generally likable group of friends, despite their human weaknesses.

It's nearly a surprise when people start being killed off because the film feels so real and doesn't bear any of the tired trademarks usually associated with the genre. The grainy film stock and hand-held camera-work also help to further differentiate this film which is essentially a cross between an Indie movie and a slasher film.

Very original treatment of some well worn themes. Great to see this type of story taken seriously for once. Just what the horror industry needs.
Super Reviewer
½ May 3, 2009
I think that Thinner really does work better as a story than as a film. Your imagination makes the Gypsy curse even more horrible when you read than how the film presents it. Stephen King's stories are usually hit or miss when it comes to a film or TV adaptation, but Thinner lies somewhere in the middle. It kept my attention, but it definitely wasn't as good as The Mist or The Shining.

I would compare it in quality to Secret Window. Secret Window was pretty good up until the end, while Thinner starts off slow and builds to a reasonably satisfying conclusion. I don't know if I would watch it again, but I can definitely see that it has some merit.
Super Reviewer
½ April 25, 2009
A film that is mostly a laugh riot. A fat lawyer is cursed by a Gypsy. Gypsy curses are more at home in Simpsons Treehouse of Horror episodes. The whole Gypsy curse thing is both insulting to actual Gypsy's, and hilarious to the reat of us. It doesn't help that the Gypsy's acting is atrociously camp, making them comedic interludes rather than the figures of fear. The film deals with responsibility and revenge, but everybody is such an arse that it's hard to really care. Mantegna can't help but be funny as he basically plays Fat Tony from The Simpsons. He plays a crazy gangster type that is willing to go all commando to pay back a debt. The ending is rather good though, even if the whole idea of pie eating was just bizarre.
Super Reviewer
½ July 2, 2007
This creepy, unsettling thriller is one of the more under-rated movies that have been adapted from Stephen King's stories (Lord knows there have been plenty of absolutely horrid ones). There are some gruesome scenes, but credit director Tom Holland (who also wrote and helmed the classic horror-comedy "Fright Night") for lending what could have been hoary B-Movie material a heaping helping of style....there are moments where what is suggested is far more dreadful than what could have been shown. And I appreciate Holland's fight to keep the book's bleak ending after the studio supposedly tried to bully him into shooting a happier, more upbeat one. Robert John Burke is very good as the afflicted man, but Joe Mantegna almost steals the film as a gangster (once successfully defended in court by Burke's lawyer character) who tries to repay the favor by helping Burke get payback from the gypsies who cursed him.

Like the book, the movie has scenes which will stay with you long after it's all over. Recommended
Super Reviewer
August 3, 2007
Bad Stephen King movie. The fat makeup looked fake. The bad gypsy was unfair to put such a curse on the lawyer.
Super Reviewer
½ June 23, 2007
This interesting and original little tale has some great makeup effects and a compelling plot which is matched by some even better acting.
Super Reviewer
June 18, 2007
Chilling Stephen King's novel tale that looks freak to me about someone who got cursed by a mysterious ugly old gypsy guy for the justice.
Super Reviewer
February 12, 2007
This wasn't a very good King movie.
Super Reviewer
October 13, 2011
Not what I expected...I thought it was ok. There really wans't much excitement in this film, until the end, which was probably the best part of the whole film. Over all, It was a fun little thriller, but not Stephen King's best.
Super Reviewer
March 28, 2010
One night, a very nasty lawyer who is also grossly overweight is driving home but gets otherwise distracted by his lovely blonde wife and hits a gypsy woman killing her. He gets off scot-free by his lawyer cronies but later her father who happens to be the leader of the gypsy's angrily come up to him after his acquittal, touches his face, and puts a curse on him. The lawyer doesn't know what that means until he begins to lose weight rapidly. This is a great concept, as the viewer slowly watches the fat man, become anorexic but the weak ending hampered a film that had a lot of potential making it just a passable flick instead.
Super Reviewer
½ June 27, 2006
The make-up effects are spectacular, but the performances are awful and the screenplay is weak.
Super Reviewer
April 26, 2009
Very cheesy, bad acting and bad special effects. I could totally tell that he was wearing a fat suit, and his skinny make-up was horrible. He wouldn't have survived that long anyway. Plus why didn't they give him a curse, that would have killed him sooner, like some skin disorder, or when he lost all that weight so rapidly, where did all his excess skin go? So many questions, so little time. Don't waste your time on this!
February 22, 2015
Aside from the atrocious performances, mean spirited vibe, cynical plotting, and downright moronic twist, Stephen King's Thinner works best as a comedy, a really bad and unfunny comedy about a gypsy who curses an obese lawyer. Billy Halleck manages to get himself out of trouble after running over an old gypsy woman. Her father is unsatisfied with the outcome, so he places a curse on Billy. Billy starts to realize that losing weight at a rapid rate can be terrifying. Some of his colleagues start to feel the affects that may kill them. Thinner then takes a twisted turn into some unnecessary turns from the possibility of an unfaithful wife to the mafia. Joe Mantegna plays the mob boss who decides to help out Billy. Mantegna, who plays Fat Tony on the Simpsons, is definitely the most entertaining character here. This film is fat on crap.
February 12, 2010
Bone-chilling! I oppose the negative reviews as I found this to be a very effective and creepy horror movie. (First and only viewing - Fall 2007)
½ June 8, 2013
Still at a loss why this isn't one of the more liked Stephen King adaptations or why it was critically panned back when it was released. Wikipedia quotes: "mean-spirited film did not have one single likable character." Which to me means the film is in a prime spot for a resurgence given how cynical American tastes have become, desiring such darker stories. One of the best moments is Joe Mantegna helping the main character fight back. Horror films rarely have scenes of such gratification. Yes, it's fighting back by doing more harm, but that's how the country's tastes are currently swinging. The ending hits all the right bittersweet notes too.
January 6, 2013
It has a few redeeming qualities but overall I was left unfulfilled. I like how this movie brings a strong sense of fateful drama and dark irony that Stephen King does so well, but this is one of his weaker stories to begin with. The premise, set up and early execution work, but it feels like it gets away from itself in the back half of the movie. The most glaring problem of the film is that the placed in the hands of Tom Holland, who is an under-talented director. There is no style or creativity to this film it is just too straightforward. It fails to make the emotional impact or instill the dark uneasy feel that King intended. Robert John Burke does a fine job in the lead role, but his character is not particularly likable. The makeup work done for his character was not easy to pull off but it was decent, considering when it was made. Later in the movie main character takes an unreasonable turn that I just did not care for, as he loses his mind. The ending seems abrupt, and is completely uneven, and unsatisfying.
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