This is my 11th of 31 reviews of Stephen King adaptations as part of the joint Blogathon that Darren (of Movie Reviews 101) and I are running this month in honor of the great horror writer.
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Number of Times Seen – 2 (Cable in 1997 and 8 Oct 2015)
Brief Synopsis – After causing an accident that resulted in the death of a Gypsy woman, a successful lawyer is cursed with constantly losing weight.
My Take on it – This was Stephen King’s final book as Richard Bachman before it was known that they were the same person.
In truth, it’s my least favorite of the five, but that probably has to do more with the fact that it’s horror as opposed to the dramatic themed other four novels; Rage, The Long Walk, Roadwork and The Running Man.
This adaptation added and changed too much from the source novel and these changes make this movie less enjoyable.
They add a very silly ambiguous plot line that detracts from the reasoning behind large plot lines in the novel.
The ending is also changed because test audiences didn’t like it, but it worked very well in the book.
Since this story deals with rapid weight loss, it’s obviously much easier on paper to depict this, but they still did a fair job here using effects and prosthetics.
Read the book!
Bottom Line – This adaptation isn’t such a great one because the book ends on a better note and doesn’t add contrived reasons for some of what happens. In a novel it’s easier to depict rapid weight loss, but they did a fair enough job here with effects and prosthetics. Ultimately tho, this movie is lackluster and you would be better off reading the book.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – While in production, writer-director Tom Holland was stricken with Bells-Palsy, a virus which paralyzed half of his face. The effects could have been minimized if he’d gotten a steroid immediately – but the producers insisted he kept working, so it was 36 hours before he got to a doctor. It took more than a year and a half for Holland to fully recover, the result of which was the end his Hollywood career for a decade. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy
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