(*Invisible man quote*) - "I meddled in things that man should leave alone."
Even though 1933's "The Invisible Man" had its entertaining moments - It's a good thing that this film's story only had a 70-minute running time - 'Cause, at that point, this decidedly goofy SyFy/Horror picture had, pretty much, exhausted its potential to hold one's attention.
I think it's interesting to note that author, H.G. Wells (whose 1897 novel this film's story was based upon) did not approve, at all, of the way this picture had taken the brilliant scientist, Jack Griffith, and reduced him to the level of being a raving lunatic.
Anyway - If you enjoy watching vintage SyFy/Horror from a pre-code Hollywood, then, "The Invisible Man" (with its old-old-old school visual effects) is sure to please.
"Now you see him!.... Now you don't!"
This "Invisible Man - Legacy Collection" offers the inquisitive viewer 5 b&w, vintage Hollywood movies from the years 1933-1944.
Of course, the original "Invisible Man" was, indeed, an instant hit back in 1933. But, with the 4 sequels that followed in the next decade, the premise of invisibility had to be seriously reworked in order to keep the audience interested and coming back for more.
And, so - As is inevitable with all sequels - When it came to this whole business of being invisible - It all got milked completely bone-dry by the screenwriters. And, with that - It's novelty became noticeably stale.
When someone writes a damned good novel which shines light upon the heart of humanity in all its best and worst forms, it ought to be left alone for to muck about with it is to destroy perfection. This film is smart and intelligent, and doesn’t make the mistake previously outlined.
The fact you never see the face of the main character until the very last moment of his existence is the principle reason that Boris Karloff chose not to play the role, and thus we get to hear the fabulous tones of Claude Rains instead. Thank goodness director James Whale overhead the latter actor’s screen test by accident. The voice is, quite rightly, far more important than any box-office name might normally be. The intellectual quality of the scientist who accidentally becomes invisible is key to the story being effective, for it is this which not only permits the formula to be created in the first place, it is what makes the potential of the man’s evil so much the greater.
To learn just how evil and amoral a scientist might become when reaching for the other tree in the Garden of Evil, have a look at this film. It’s exceedingly well-made, and moves along quite quickly despite my comments about the first act. You’ll likely be pleasantly surprised with the special effects, too!
Great special effects considering the time the movie was made.
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