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This is truly one of the most frightening films you will ever view! Its message of power in the wrong hands and of revenge for one's own lot in life cannot be missed. It is Rains' film throughout and his unmistakable voice resonates throughout the film. The special effects, long before the age of CGI, are extraordinary and they are brought to the film through the superb vision of its Director, the great James Whale. While he is most remembered for the film Frankenstein, that film does not come anywhere near the horror of The Invisible Man. This is a must-see film for anyone who enjoys the horror genre but it should also be looked at as a drama setting forth the evil omnipresent in those who are given great power and begin with hope but end up using their power for ill. Just an extraordinary film!
A Visible Accomplishment.
It's odd. This film isn't for everyone as it may be seen as old cheese but the praise it receives isn't unmerited. Still, the film would be considered very tame by today's standards and is noticeably unfaithful to the novel while still keeping key elements and tones. Do watch. Not for everyone.
THRILLING CLASSIC HORROR !
- Travis Black
I have seen and own all the original classic monster movies from universal and LOVE all HORROR movies from the 30s and 40s. This is one of the best Universal Horror movies to come out in that ear of Horror movies in which movie makers relied on lighting, darkness, shadows, and CREEPYNESS to make a Horror movies effective. Universal told directors generations ahead that you don't need blood and guts to make a Horror movie effective. (but they didn't listen did they ?!) Anyway the speical effects are magnificant and just as every bit magnificant even TODAY ! What makes the film so eerie in my opinion is the Psychotic Invisible Man, because he is a psychopath that likes to KILL and he laughs when he's murdering people ! VERY good Horro/thriller from the 30s ! Highly Recommended !
James Whale at his best
- Dan Grissom
The Director of 1931's 'Frankenstein' and 1932's 'The Old Dark House' turns in his personal favorite with 1933's 'The Invisible Man'. The special effects for this time period are incredible and still hold up pretty good today. Claude Rains, whose face is not scene until the end, turns in a fantastic performance. His megalomaniac chemist Jack Griffin is a very memorable 'Universal Monster'. Often overlooked when people talk about Universal Monster movies Whale's 'The Invisible Man' deserves to be included in any review of 'Universal Horror'. Whales' odd sense of humor works well here and 'The Invisible Man' character stacks up the highest body count of all the Universal Monsters in this one film; he's a force to be reckoned with and Whales shows us that with expert direction. Look for Gloria Stuart when she was young (the old woman from 'Titanic') as the love interest of the title character. Four stars!
The Invisible Man
- Dashiell Barnes
"The Invisible Man" is in my opinion, a Universal monster that is frequently underated. Rains does more with the combination of his intense voice & special effects as the crazed scientist. A gripping story with a few too many awkward & dull moments. An amazing debut for Rains in a moderate story. I give it a 3.5/5.
Now THAT'S entertainment! This movie still holds up after almost 80 years! Suspenseful to the very end. How curious to see Gloria Stewart, the old woman in "The Titanic," 1997 by James Cameron, as a young beauty. (Not much of an actress here, but gorgeous, and good enough, so who cares?)
- Michael Steven
JAMES WHALE HAD A VERY SHORT TIME SPAN AS A FILM DIRECTOR.HE DIRECTED ALL TYPES OF FILMS,NOT JUST FRIGHT FILMS,AS THEY USED TO BE CALLED.I FIRST VIEWED THE INVISIBLE MAN IN 1969,& TO THIS DAY,REMAIN AWED BY THE VISUAL EFFECTS.YES,THIS WAS CLAUDE RAINS FIRST AMERICAN MADE FILM AS WELL AS HIS FIRST SOUND FILM.HE REMAINS ONE OF MY FAVORITES.THE ONE CONCERN OF HIS WAS BEING TYPECAST.THIS DIDN'T HAPPEN,AS HE WENT FROM UNIVERSAL TO WARNER BROS. & ON TO A VARIETY OF GREAT PERFORMANCES. GLORIA STEWART MADE SOME ON-CAMERA INTERVIEWS REGARDING THIS FILM,& OF CLAUDE RAINS.YES,SHE WAS ANNOYED BY THE THE WAY RAINS CONDUCTED HIMSELF.BUT A LOT OF OTHER PEOPLE HAD THE SAME OPINION OF HIM AS WELL.SHE ALSO THOUGHT HE WAS AN ACTOR'S ACTOR. JOHN P. FULTON,WHO WOULD LATER WIN AN OSCAR FOR THE VISUALS IN"THE TEN COMMANDMENTS",WANTED TO GIVE HIS EXPERTISE A RUN FOR IT'S MONEY.MANY STUDIOS DIDN'T WANT TO MAKE THIS FILM,AS THEY THOUGHT THAT THE VISUALS WOULDN'T WORK.MGM WAS ONE OF THOSE STUDIOS.WELL.......THE VISUALS WORKED,THE FILM WAS A BIG HIT FOR UNIVERSAL,& JAMES WHALE HAD ANOTHER SUCCESS. IF YOU'VE NEVER SEEN THIS FILM BEFORE,YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED.IF ANYTHING,YOU MIGHT BE SURPRISED.IT'S A REAL ODD BALL OF A MOVIE,AS WELL AS A WINNER.
- Kyle Rhoads
the special effects in this movie are simply EXTRORDINARY!!! for 1933 this was a huge leap forward in the department of visual effects. not to mention claude rains introduction to american films with his amazing performance.
- Frank Filippi
Claude Rains' finest performance. Plenty of laughs as well. Nice blend of suspense and humour. "Revenge is a dish best served.............without anyone knowing you're doing it." Grab that popcorn with both hands while watching it.
The Invisible Man
- Mark Sutch
One of the Greatest... Period.
This movie really grew on me. The first time I saw it when I was little I thought it was pretty good but now I realize that this movie is just rediculously amazing!