Thinner (1996) – An obese lawyer finds himself growing “Thinner” when an old gypsy man places a hex on him. Now the lawyer must call upon his friends in organized crime to help him persuade the gypsy to lift the curse. Time is running out for the desperate lawyer as he draws closer to his own death, and grows ever thinner.

Director: Tom Holland (Child’s Play, Fright Night)

Writer: Michael McDowell (The Shining, The Haunting) and Tom Holland

Release Date: October 25, 1996

Domestic Box Office: $19.1 million

Thinner (1996)

The Good: Thinner is a well-made horror film with a strong cast and a suspenseful plot. The film is based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, and it follows the story of a lawyer who is cursed by a Gypsy to lose weight uncontrollably. The film is effective in creating a sense of dread and suspense, and it features some memorable scenes, such as the scene where the lawyer’s body starts to waste away.

The Bad: Thinner is not without its flaws. The film is somewhat slow-paced at times, and the ending is somewhat anticlimactic. However, the film’s strengths outweigh its weaknesses, and it is a worthwhile watch for fans of horror films.

Top 5 Cast:

  • Robert John Burke as Billy Halleck
  • Joe Mantegna as Roman “The Trashman” Cady
  • Lucinda Jenney as Ruth Halleck
  • Michael Constantine as Tadzu Lempke
  • Kari Wuhrer as Greta

“You’ve been cursed by a Gypsy. You’re going to lose weight until you die.” – Roman Cady


  • “A well-made horror film with a strong cast and a suspenseful plot.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
  • “A chilling and effective horror film that will stay with you long after the credits have rolled.” – Entertainment Weekly
  • “A dark and twisted tale that will keep you on the edge of your seat.” – The New York Times
  • “A must-see for fans of Stephen King and horror films.” – Rolling Stone
  • “A well-made and suspenseful film that is sure to please fans of the genre.” – The Washington Post

Cinematic Importance: Thinner is an important film in the horror genre because it is one of the few films to successfully adapt a Stephen King novel to the big screen. The film is also notable for its strong cast and its suspenseful plot. Thinner is a well-made and enjoyable horror film that is sure to please fans of the genre.

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