THINNER
1996, Paramount, 93 min, USA, Dir: Tom Holland

In this creepy adaptation of the Stephen King novel, obese lawyer Billy Halleck (Robert John Burke) gets off scot-free after running over and killing a gypsy woman, whose father (Michael Constantine) then puts a curse on him. When Halleck begins to lose weight uncontrollably, he asks a mob boss client (Joe Mantegna, thoroughly menacing) to persuade the gypsy patriarch to lift the curse. For his work helping the central character shed the pounds, make-up artist Greg Cannom earned a well-deserved Saturn nomination.


THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS
1993, Buena Vista Pictures Distribution, 76 min, USA, Dir: Henry Selick

Two holidays collide as Jack Skellington, the leader of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town and decides he’d like to play Santa for a change - but with ghosts, ghouls and goblins helping him, Christmas turns more scary than merry. Tim Burton co-produced and wrote the story (based on characters he’d dreamed up while a Disney animator a decade earlier), and his charmingly creepy sensibility oozes from every frame of this wildly imaginative stop-motion fantasy. Featuring the voice talents of Chris Sarandon, Danny Elfman and Catherine O’Hara.


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