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Review of Thinner Movie

Discussion in 'Thinner' started by Neil W, Feb 10, 2014.

  1. Neil W

    Neil W Well-Known Member

    Obese Billy Halleck, on the receiving end of a bit of how's-your-father while driving, runs down a gypsy woman, and finds himself on the receiving end of a curse whereby the weight falls off him for no reason: he has to try to find a way to get the curse taken away before the weight loss kills him.

    The first of Stephen King's books to be published under the pseudonym Richard Bachman, Thinner is a pacey suspense story with mild horror/supernatural elements and no frills. The film adaptation is faithful to the book and workmanlike enough, but it is fair to say that, like the book, it does little beyond telling an enjoyable but unexceptional story with efficiency.

    The fat costumes and prosthetics are well done but, inevitably, they aren't wholly convincing.
     
  2. guido tkp

    guido tkp Well-Known Member

    totally agree...
     
  3. No1FanUK

    No1FanUK Well-Known Member

    Just watched this after finishing the book. Your review is spot on!!
     
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  4. Sunlight Gardener

    Sunlight Gardener Well-Known Member

    I saw it in the theater when I was a teenager and I enjoyed it then. Haven't seen it for a long time. I remember being particularly impressed with the makeup his emaciated condition once he really started to waste away.
     
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  5. terrynjulia03

    terrynjulia03 Member

    This movie sucked given the availability of special effects and computer addins. It followed the book. And thats it. Unknown no name loser stars and bunk effects. Bs. This deserved better
     
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  6. Sunlight Gardener

    Sunlight Gardener Well-Known Member

    One of those "unknown no name loser stars" is on one of the biggest television shows on the air. Joe Mantagna or however you spell it is one of the CSI show's. Can't keep them straight.

    As for the others....to me at least, unknown actors are usually more convincing in horror movies than A list celebs (i.e Blair Witch project).
     
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  7. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    I don't think the story is "unexceptional". I enjoyed both the book and the movie; I'm fond of them. There's something about sK's mind that seems to make anything that's interesting to him interesting to me. Many of the movies based on his stories were made on limited budgets, but those were the early days.
     
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  8. Neil W

    Neil W Well-Known Member

    Don't get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed it, but I genuinely felt that it was fairly journeyman stuff - not everything out of Uncle Steve's workshop consists of sparkling gems, some of it is costume jewellery. Pretty good costume jewellery, but not stuff that belongs in a safe when you've finished wearing it for the night. Assuming you're a lady. I'm starting to wander away from the path....
     
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  9. Dana Jean

    Dana Jean Dirty Pirate Hooker Moderator

    This book was great, but the movie wasn't .
     
  10. icarus

    icarus Well-Known Member

    I enjoyed both the book and the movie....I thought the movie was very true to the story in the book..i thought the gypsy niece who had the slingshot was really hot!!
     
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  11. Doc Creed

    Doc Creed Well-Known Member

    I would add only one thing to this. The woman who played Cary Rossington's wife was fantastic. She sold the movie for me, despite its ridiculous premise, in a way only the novel had accomplished. At least the director used humor throughout to make it more palatable. The actor in the lead role, as Billy Halleck, was irritating. My two cents, there ya go. Ha.
     
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  12. Autumn13

    Autumn13 Active Member

    My son was quite young when he saw this movie. It scared him badly. I had told him about "The Monkey's Paw" and he was so afraid (he was kiddie overweight at time and it has since gone away at the gym) that he wouldn't let anyone in the house say, "Thinner".
    Thankfully it didn't scar him for life and now he jokes about it but at the time...
     
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  13. Bardo

    Bardo Well-Known Member

    One of my fav's for sure, Both book and movie
     
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  14. footsteps

    footsteps Member

    Excellent movie, good actors. Old sfx, the best!
     
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  15. presto123

    presto123 Member

    Kari Wuhrer.......yum. That's all. I enjoy this film.
     
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  16. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ....I think the movie should have been underwritten by Jenny Craig....
     
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  17. grin willard

    grin willard Grin. Boasting a profile u could cut cheese with.

    You psycho! :) I have to say, I loved this movie. Although I think the lead actor, capable as he was, made it seem a very 'B' production. They needed a star you'd recognize under the prosthetics. Sort of like that horse's ass Eddie Murphy in the klumps movies. Imagine James Caan or Dustin Hoffman in the part. Even Ray Romano. Michael Constantine as the old Gypsy was superb. Still alive at 90! Getting close to the age the character was in the book. Joe Mantegna as Richie 'The Hammer' basically steals the movie. Mantegna's definitely not the first guy you'd picture when reading the book. But man, he can go ruthless! "Yeah he was a mook, but he was MY mook." He was so damn cool!
    I came away from the movie feeling like Richard Bachman's having Ritchie gutted at the end was, excuse me, stupid. It just feels wrong. He was the white man from town's only medicine. The balance of power goes right back where it was. It makes no sense whatsoever. And the Hammer was a crime boss. All Billy had to do was call The Hammer's mama, and 100 guys in $300 shoes would have been crawling thru those woods with ice-picks & garrots! It was just stupid. Maybe the Bachman books cleverly have maddening mistakes thrown in on purpose? Bachman was suppose to be sort of a 'joe lunch-pail' who'd just finished a stint in the merchant marines after all. Something like that.

    The ending was too oblique. Is that a word? I mean confusing. Also hazy. Yeah, oblique. Look at this one.

     
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2017
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