After watching the very praised Frankenstein, this The Invisible Man, also from the director James Whale was recommended to me. Only with two years apart from each other I have to say that despite Frankenstein being a mark in the History of Horror Cinema this film is also one that needs to be acclaimed. The Invisible Man is in my opinion, a much more polished film.
I wasn't blown away as I thought I would be when I saw Frankenstein but in this one excedeed all of my expectations. James Whale was able to create a much more dark atmosphere and the mystery is constantly in the air.
This is the story of a scientist that was able to turn himself into an invisible man. The idea that no one sees him and he can do whatever he want is driving him to madness and he wants to rule the world.
It's very creative with excellent special effects, very well done! I was blown away by the quality of the effects since this was made in 1933! You are watching the film and you keep asking yourself: "How did they done it?" It's absolutely incredible!
This film is the perfect blend of horror, sci-fi, mystery and also a little bit of comedy in the middle. Definitely a must see!
The Invisible Man filmed by James Whale two years after Frankenstein was way ahead of it's time, I was really blown away by the special affects who easily still hold up even over 80 years later!
The Story follows the young and intelligent Dr. Griffins (played by Claude Rains in his American Film Debut), so to say the 'Monster' of this film, who discovered the secret of invisibility and tested it on himself. The Problem is that he don't know how to reverse the power, so he abalienate himself to an faraway tavern, his face swathed in bandages and his eyes obscured by dark goggles, to exeperiment. His appearence naturally arrest attention and slowly the byeffect of his self-attempt become clear: he gets evil and superior, killing more and more people and sees him eventually getting chased by the police and villagers...
To be honest I watch a lot of older movies and they mostly haven't aged very well or can't be viewed by 'casual' movie watchers today, like others movie classics of that era (for example "The Mummy" or even "Dracula") but this easily holds up and is a lot of fun even today. Like I said the special effects really stand out and are really impressive. Besides that is the atmosphere, camera, excessive characters, slapstick, story and even action very well done, definitely one of the best movies of 1933.