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Thinner (1996)

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Commentary 1: Screenwriter/director Tom Holland and actor Joe Mantegna Rating:3.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by frankasu03 on March 13th, 2013:Find all reviews by frankasu03
As a fan of Stephen King, as well as Tom Holland's fantastic contributions to '80s horror, my expectations were rather high for this commentary track. Sadly, this track is as "thin" as the cursed protagonist in King's novel. Quite possibly, it's the most frustrating listen I've come across. If you've had a chance to hear Holland's tracks he recorded for "Icons-of Fright" (Including "Child's Play" and 2 Tracks for "Fright Night.") you come into this track expecting the same level of enthusiasm and with an equal amount of hard information. Wrong! You get absolutely no background into Holland's involvement with "Thinner," nor any idea what it was like adapting a 'King' novel for the big screen. What follows is the worst course these commentaries can take, namely reiterating the on screen action, and pounding the theme of the story into the listener's skull. Given that "Thinner," is perhaps, the simplest "straight" story derived from Stephen King source material, it's especially grating. The terrific character actor Joe Mantegna is along, and sounds quite game to contribute to the commentary. However, his character appears briefly in the 1st act only to disappear until the conclusion, leaving very little on-screen action for the actor to comment on. For makeup buffs, there is some insight, as Holland does comment frequently on the various stages of appliances the viewer sees at any given time. This info, along with the cool BTS with Greg Cannom might satiate Horror buffs out there. Regrettably, this track has "no meat on its' bone." 3/10