The book was better, but the movie, "Thinner," was certainly
admirable, too. Even if it differed quite a lot from the book,
it still had that galvanizing Stephen King flair.
Billy Halleck (Robert John Burke) is a slightly crooked lawyer
who parks his nice car in front of his nice house in his nice
neighborhood. When a band of gypsies come to town, he naturally
regards them as "trash", and his uppity rich friends concur.
Thanks to them, he gets let off the hook for accidentally running
over one of the gypsies (although he was at least partially
wrong for not looking where he was going). Now, the gypsy's
father wants justice, and he sets about achieving it in his
own way: he places a curse on Halleck and two of Halleck's friends.
Halleck, who was quite the jolly fat man to begin with, is now
losing weight at an alarmingly, expeditious pace. No matter
how much he eats, the weight still drops off. One of his friends
grows scales - yes, scales; the other develops the worst case
of acne on earth. What's Halleck, the so-called "White Man from
Town", to do?
Robert John Burke does a marvelous portrayal of a man in the
throes of an unplanned but deadly weight loss. He truly appears
more emaciated (the makeup was realistic!) as the movie evolves.
Rent this gloriously gruesome, but notably well-plotted, film
for a scary few hours.
My rating : 4 stars
Rating : R (horror, violence, and gore; language and sexuality)