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Enjoyable horror yarn,
This review is from: Stephen King's Thinner [DVD] (DVD)
The films made, based on Stephen King's books, have always been a hit and miss affair. In fact, more have tended to miss than hit. However, `Thinner' is a real treat. It's nothing totally new - at least, not by today's standards - but, in some ways, it was a little ahead of its time.
Today (and ever since the US remake of `The Ring') there have been a type of horror movie where something bad/supernatural happens to the protagonist, they don't know what's going on, they research the phenomenon (normally involving the help of a convenient expert), before finally confronting the evilness in the final act. Thinner is basically one of these, only made about 5-10 years before this sort of film became the norm.
It's about a fat man who gets cursed to lose weight. Then lose some more weight. And some more. Basically, if he doesn't stop the curse he'll end up looking like Posh Spice without any make-up on (and no one wants that!).
The film is generally nothing new, but it's major plus points are the special effects used for making out unwitting hero look thinner and thinner. Plus it's not for the faint-hearted. This is definitely an adult's horror film as it gets pretty dark in places.
If you think you can handle a darkly disturbing King film at its best, give this one a go. I haven't read the book, so I can't say how faithful it is to that (only that the ending is apparently different if you believe all the comments on Internet message boards).