The Invisible Man, starring Claude Rains (it says that it stars Lon Chaney Jr. on my DVD cover, not sure what’s up with that), was released in theaters on November 13th, 1933. Many consider this movie to be one of the all time greats in horror movie history, and for good reason. The story is that of a scientist (soon to be mad scientist) named Dr. Jack Griffin (Claude Rains) who discovers how to become invisible by experimenting with a drug called “monocane”. All is fine and dandy until it is found out that the drug drives people insane. Uh oh, now we have a power mad, invisible man on the run. Griffin is a complete asshole; he steals bikes and trousers, slaps police officers, runs around singing and scaring people off, and he has a legendary laugh! Griffin is also extremely power mad; he wants to dominate the world and says he is willing to commit “a few murders here and there” in order to do that.
This may all seem a bit funny, but the movie is actually pretty scary. Like all black and white horror movies, it’s the experience after the movie that is really scary. For example, say it’s the middle of the night and you are thirsty, so you go down to a dark kitchen to grab some water (or beer in case you watched a really shitty movie), won’t you feel paranoid? Won’t you feel that the invisible man can just jump at you at any second? Also, your head will constantly be playing his terrible voice over and over again, as you are helplessly trying to get it out of there.
Look at that….face?
To the wonderful and innovative special effects in the movie. You would never believe that this movie was made in 1933 because let me tell you, the special effects are just out of this world. Also, his costume is just legendary, the bandages and the glasses are really cool. And, Griffin can be really funny too! This movie has contributed to many of the special effects that we see nowadays. Moreover, the special effects were all done manually and they look really convincing, especially when Griffin removes the bandages off his face in front of a mirror. You also get to see “the invisible man” at the beginning of the movie. Also, the actors that interacted with the invisible Griffin did a fantastic job with their body language; they had to act while pretending that someone is there, when in reality, there isn’t anyone.
In the process of removing the mask for the first time.
Oh my god! Mrs. Hall is just annoying! She is so loud and screams a lot. I honestly was thinking of throwing my shoe at the TV every time she appeared. Her voice is that of an old witch and I think it will haunt me more than the invisible man’s voice.
This movie is great. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it, and I highly recommend it. It really does deserve its title as one of the all time greats in horror and I don’t think anyone, either a horror movie fan or just a movie lover in general, will be disappointed. Oh, and please, for the love of God, don’t watch any of the remakes/spin offs. Stick to the original.
Take a Drink: when you see Dwight Frye.
Take a Drink: every time Griffin removes his mask
Do a Shot: every time Griffin murders someone.