Sunday, July 19, 2015


The Invisible Man Movie Review

Scientist Dr. Jack Griffin (Claude Rains) discovers a way to make himself invisible. The side effect, however, is the new found discovery also makes him a madman. The first thing one will likely notice about this 1933 horror classic is the incredible use of special effects. A LOT of the stuff you see in this film was groundbreaking at the time of this film's release, and over eighty years later it still looks very good. Rains gives a unique performance as you only see his face very briefly, but he is impressive in this film nonetheless as the stranger that terrifies an entire village.

Stop looking at me!

Naturally with the good comes the bad. Some of the actions of the other people in this film are utterly nonsensical. The police are borderline incompetent. The dialogue leaves a lot to be desired, and, just as in Bride of Frankenstein, we are subjected to shrill shrieking of Una O'Connor--after enduring her for as long as any human possibly should, I literally had to press the mute button on my remote whenever she appeared on screen. You can actually hear the microphones practically blowing apart as she screams.

Yes, I'm talking about you Una.

It's easy to see why this film is considered a classic, not just in the genre of horror but of film in general. I do enjoy this film quite a bit, but have to admit it is at the bottom of my list of Universal classics.

On A Scale Of One To Ten: 6 

A Scene From The Invisible Man

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