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The Invisible Man (1933)

US 71m, B&W
Director: James Whale; Cast: Claude Rains, Gloria Stuart, William Harrigan, Henry Travers, Una O’Connor, Forrester Harvey, Holmes Herbert

The Invisible Man is a science fiction thriller adapted from the 1897 H.G. Wells novel of the same name in which a “mad” scientist is successful in making himself invisible – but which also turns him into a homicidal maniac with delusions of grandeur. Although considered one of the original Universal Horror films, The Invisible Man’s popularity has never really rivaled their better known adaptations of Frankenstein (1931) or Dracula (1931). Despite the lack of notoriety, The Invisible man is no less shocking, and like the others, led to a number of sequels and has an important legacy in the horror science fiction genre. Of note are the outstanding special effects for the period which allowed Claude Rains to appear invisible in whole and in part. Ending somewhat abruptly, as many of these early horror films did, the film’s potential as one of the great horror films never seemed to be fully realized (Klaus Ming January 2011).

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This entry was posted on 01/28/2011 by in 1930s, All, Unlisted and tagged .
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