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Stephen King's 'Thinner'1996

Stephen King's 'Thinner' (1996)



Critic Consensus: A bland, weightless horror film that seems to want to mock itself as the proceedings drag on.

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An obese attorney finds himself the unwilling subject of a horrifying weight-loss plan when he is cursed by a vengeful Gypsy.The film is based on the bestselling novel by Stephen King (writing as 'Richard Bachman'). Robert John Burke, Joe Mantegna, Lucinda Jenney, Joy Lenz, Kari Wuhrer, Michael Constantine, Sam Freed.

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Robert John Burke
as Billy Halleck
Joe Mantegna
as Richie Ginelli
Lucinda Jenney
as Heidi Halleck
Michael Constantine
as Tadzu Lempke
Kari Wuhrer
as Gina Lempke
Bethany Joy Lenz
as Linda Halleck
Sam Freed
as Dr. Mike Houston
Tim Winters
as Prosecutor
Howard Erskine
as Judge Phillips
Jeff Ware
as Max Duggenfield
Adriana Delphine
as Gypsy Woman
Daniel von Bargen
as Chief Duncan Hopley
Walter Bobbie
as Kirk Penschley
Stephen King
as Mr. Bangor, pharmacist
Josh Holland
as Frank Spurton
John Horton
as Judge Cary Rossington
Elizabeth Franz
as Leda Rossington
Randy Jurgensen
as Court Clerk
Terrence Kava
as Gabe Lempke
Patsy Ruth Miller
as Billy's Secretary
Irma St. Paule
as Suzanne Lempke
Patrick Farrelly
as Henry Halliwell
Bridget Marks
as Ginelli Bar Girl
Mitchell Greenberg
as Clinic Doctor
Angela Pietropinto
as Clinic Doctor
Michael Kevin Walker
as Clinic Waiter
Ed Wheeler
as Detective Deevers
Peter Maloney
as Biff Quigley
Robert Fitch Sr.
as Flash Enders
Sean Hewitt (II)
as `Doctor' Fander
Allelon Ruggiero
as Delivery Boy
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Critic Reviews for Stephen King's 'Thinner'

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (5)

Director Tom Holland's totally banal and pedestrian horror movie is the "thinner" end of the wedge as far as awful adaptations of King's books go.

August 1, 2017 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

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…

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

January 23, 2006 | Rating: 7/10

Stephen King's freakiest film in eons

March 23, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

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

July 14, 2003 | Rating: 2/5

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

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Stephen King's '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.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer


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 Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

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.

Martin Sahlin
Martin Sahlin

Super Reviewer

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