The Invisible Man

  • Film
  • Fantasy films
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Engrossing adaptation of HG Wells' tale of a scientist made invisible by his experiments with the drug monocaine. The megalomania that ensues upon Rains' ability to go about unseen is played for suspense, pathos and tongue-in-cheek humour (he can't go out in the rain, because it would make him look like a ridiculous bubble). The real strengths of the movie are John P Fulton's remarkable special effects (Rains removing his bandages to reveal nothing, footsteps appearing as if by magic in the snow), lending much-needed conviction to the blatant fantasy; and the fact that we never see the scientist without his bandages until the very end of the film. No wonder Karloff, disdainful of a role in which he would for the most part only be heard, turned down the part; but Rains, with his clear, sensitively inflected voice, was lucky: it made him a star.

Release details

Duration: 71 mins

Cast and crew

Director: James Whale
Screenwriter: RC Sherriff
Cast: Claude Rains
Dudley Digges
EE Clive
John Carradine
Una O'Connor
Walter Brennan
Dwight Frye
William Harrigan
Gloria Stuart

Average User Rating

5 / 5

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Leona Luk

From 1933 to 2007 a lot has happened in the horror genre to turn this film from suspenseful to ... well, not all that suspenseful. Today hardly anyone would see it for a scare - it's all about the special effects, which are still really special. The removal of the bandages, the invisible man riding a bike, even hay moving around by itself in a barn - it's all fantastic and worth seeing this for.

Leona Luk

From 1933 to 2007 a lot has happened in the horror genre to turn this film from suspenseful to ... well, not all that suspenseful. Today hardly anyone would see it for a scare - it's all about the special effects, which are still really special. The removal of the bandages, the invisible man riding a bike, even hay moving around by itself in a barn - it's all fantastic and worth seeing this for.