Wednesday, May 04, 2011
Stephen King Month: Thinner (1996)
Plus the bleak ending gets soft-pedaled, although it arrives more intact than I thought it would. Holland and screenwriter Michael McDowell introduce a subplot about Billy suspecting his wife of adultery, so that he comes off less villainous in his final actions. But the darkness is really all the story has going for it, and without that it's a one-note Twilight Zone-style tale stretched to feature length.
How far to Castle Rock: The movie starts in Connecticut and heads all the way up to the Maine coast, but Castle Rock is never mentioned (perhaps because its inclusion in the original novel would have tipped readers off to the King connection).
King cameo: He plays a pharmacist named Dr. Bangor (after King's hometown) in two scenes and even has several lines.