Thinner by Stephen King

I have recently watched Thinner, the film adaptation of the Stephen King novel of the same name. It concerns an obese, upper-class lawyer named Billy Halleck (Robert John Burke) who lives with his wife Heidi (Lucinda Jenney) and their daughter Linda (Bethany Joy Lenz). Billy is asked to defend an underworld crime boss named Richie “The Hammer” Ginelli (Joe Mantegna) in court against a murder charge. Elsewhere his local town is hosting a carnival, run by gypsies.

One night, while Billy is driving he accidentally runs over Suzanne Lempke (Irma St. Paule), an elderly gypsy woman, as she leaves a local pharmacy. However Since Judge Cary Rossington (John Horton) is a personal friend of his, the Reckless driving and Manslaughter charges against him are quietly dropped. Outraged by the injustice, Suzanne’s 106-year-old father, Tadzu Lempke (Michael Constantine) curses Billy by touching his face and saying the word “thinner”. Billy begins to lose weight rapidly, despite him not working out or sticking to his diet. Tadzu Lempke also curses Judge Cary and Police Chief Duncan Hopely (Daniel von Bargen), who helped him avoid punishment in court. Cary, whose curse was “Lizard”, is now growing scales all over his body. Chief Duncan, whose curse was “Leper” becomes mutated with large boils.

Heidi, fearing the weight loss may be due to cancer, brings in Dr. Mike Houston (Sam Freed), with whom Billy soon begins to suspect his wife is having an affair. Meanwhile Billy inexplicably continues losing weight despite eating vast amounts and calculates that he only has a few weeks to live. He begins eating even more compulsively. Billy looks for the gypsy carnival, to get Lempke to remove the curse, but they have gone.

Billy becomes convinced that Heidi is having an affair with Doctor Houston and blames her for the accident. He finds the gypsy camp and tries to reason with Lempke, but instead angers him into increasing the curse’s effects. Galina, Lempke’s great-granddaughter (Kari Wuhrer), uses her slingshot to shoot a large ball bearing which goes directly through Billy’s hand, infuriating Billy into vowing revenge against Lempke and his gypsies. Billy then enlists Richie Ginelli’s help. Richie pays Frank Spurton (Josh Holland), a local mobster, to go down to spy and report the gypsy camp. Ritchie then kills their dogs, and leaves a message demanding Billy’s curse be removed. In retaliation, Galina and her husband Gabe kill Frank–insisting the curse will never be lifted. So Richie seeks revenge and Gabe is accidentally shot and killed. Richie then kidnaps Galina and threatens to kill her unless the curse is not removed

Lempke later finds Billy emaciated and near death. To prevent further attacks on his people (especially his grand-daughter), he finally agrees to lift the curse. Lempke explains that the curse cannot be removed, only transferred to another person. Chanting a spell, he mixes Billy’s blood into a strawberry pie. Lempke states that after being consumed by an unsuspecting person, the pie causes painful but rapid death, and the curse will be lifted. So Billy comes up with a plan concerning his disloyal wife Heidi and Doctor Houston, unfortunately though, matters are complicated when Linda unexpectedly shows up

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