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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.
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.
Like the book, the movie has scenes which will stay with you long after it's all over. Recommended