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The Invisible Man is directed by James Whale and it stars Claude Rains, William Harrigan, and Gloria Stuart. When a scientist turns himself invisible as a result of one of his experiments, he goes insane and turns homicidal. The Invisible Man is yet another one of Universal’s classic horror films, how does this one compare to the rest?
The Invisible Man was actually an incredibly fun movie to watch. Despite not featuring any monsters or spirits, it manages to earn its place among other films such as Frankenstein, Dracula, and The Wolf Man.
There are two things that I have found carry throughout all of the old Universal monster movies, or at least the ones I’ve seen. The first is the stellar leading actor. Bela Lugosi was iconic as Dracula and Boris Karloff was excellent as Frankenstein’s Monster; The Invisible Man is no exception to this theme. Claude Rains as the Invisible Man was (*surprise *surprise) the best part of the film, and his performance is made even more impressive when you realize you don’t even see him at all. Either you hear his voice, or see him fully covered, head to toe, preventing you from seeing his face. The face is the most useful tool for actors and actresses, and Rains was without that in this film. That being said, Rains manages to convey the character extremely well.
The second thing that has carried through these films is the lack falling action. The movie just abruptly ends after the climax. The Invisible Man was a little better at this when compared to some of the other films, but it was still an issue.
The story in this film was not at all what I expected it to be. I was expecting to actually see Dr. Griffin turn himself into the Invisible Man, and then go insane, starting with the character’s basics, then making him more complex. It actually did the opposite. When the film starts, he is already invisible. He’s a mysterious figure who you don’t know much about. He seems very complex, but as the film goes on you learn more about him. This way of storytelling set this film apart from many like it, and it was a brilliant way to go about the story.
The Invisible Man was a really fun film to watch. Claude Rains gave a fantastic performance in the titular role, and the unfolding of the story was very interesting to watch. This wasn’t necessarily a “horror” film, it was more of a character study that had some thrilling moments to it. I would consider this film more Sci-Fi than I would horror. This might not be the best film to watch for Halloween, but you should still see it sometime!
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