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A bland, weightless horror film that seems to want to mock itself as the proceedings drag on. Read critic reviews

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Billy Halleck (Robert John Burke) is an obese lawyer who accidentally hits a Gypsy with his car after his wife distracts him. Given Halleck's influence in town and a general prejudice against Gypsies, he manages to brush the incident under the rug with some unethical legal help from his associates. However, the victim's father, Tadzu Lempke (Michael Constantine), places a curse on the heavyset man, and he starts to lose weight at an alarming rate, which is followed by other macabre events.

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Joe Mantegna
Richie Ginelli
Lucinda Jenney
Heidi Halleck
Kari Wuhrer
Gina Lempke
John Horton
Judge Cary Rossington
Sam Freed
Dr. Mike Houston
Daniel von Bargen
Chief Duncan Hopley
Bethany Joy Lenz
Linda Halleck
Elizabeth Franz
Leda Rossington
Jeff Ware
Max Duggenfield
Stephen King
Dr. Bangor
Stephen F. Kesten
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Tom Holland
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  • Jul 02, 2019
    Budget didn't match the ambition and Tom Holland lets this film through his hands. There is good actors here and the film is quite good at times, sadly the direction falls away. The film is fun towards the latter half and concludes in an interesting style. Dark and at times interesting, but ultimately another missed King adaptation. 14/06/2019
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Sep 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.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Oct 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.
    Jacob P Super Reviewer
  • Jun 04, 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.
    Conner R Super Reviewer

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