Thinner (1996)

Genres - Horror  |   Sub-Genres - Supernatural Horror  |   Release Date - Oct 25, 1996 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 93 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - R
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Review by Robert Firsching

Stephen King has often admitted to his "literary elephantiasis," and this story -- both as novel and as film -- bears witness to his honesty. Thinner is a nice concept for a short story, but King dragged it out to an entire novel under his pseudonym "Richard Bachman." Here, screenwriters Michael McDowell and Tom Holland (who also directed) try to drag it out to feature-length. That means tedious subplots galore, including way too much screentime for Sam Freed as a doctor whom Halleck suspects of sleeping with his wife, and Joe Mantegna as the Mafioso to whom Halleck turns for assistance. On the plus side, Holland's direction is deft, Greg Cannom's effects are gruesomely effective and there's a particularly nasty twist ending. The nature of the ending, however, just serves to remind viewers of how much better the story would have been as a half-hour installment of a Creepshow sequel than as a feature film.