Top 30 Stephen King Movies, Ranked

From haunted hotels to prison-yard blues, 'Carrie' to 'Christine' – the major adaptations of the iconic author's work, from worst to best

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'Thinner' (1996)
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23. 'Thinner' (1996)

Published under the nom de plume Richard Bachman, King's 1984 novel about an obese, corrupt lawyer who gets a gypsy curse placed on him and starts to waste away is one of his oddest works: a twisted comedy posing as a tense thriller. And maybe this film adaptation really needed someone like David Cronenberg, who could have gone to town with the absurdist body-horror aspect of the story. Instead, director Tom Holland leans into its comic, morality tale elements. (The cheapo effects make sure that the actual curse has little visual impact.) As the protagonist, Robert John Burke goes from smug sleazebag in garish fat-suit to obsessive vigilante who's lost some weight. Somehow, the arch, silly tone keeps things moving along: It's a goofy film, but unlike many King adaptations, it seems to know it. That self-awareness counts for something. BE

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