The Invisible Man

Year: 1933

Director: James Whale

Written by: R.C. Sherriff

Threat: Madman

Weapon of Choice: Invisibility?

Based upon: novel - The Invisible Man - H.G. Wells

IMDb page: IMDb link

      Invisible Man

Other movies in this series:
The Invisible Man Returns
Invisible Agent
The Invisible Man's Revenge

Rish Outfield's reviews
This was a cool movie! A scientist gains invisibility by ingesting a plant extract, but it has madness-inducing side-effects. The police and his former colleagues try and catch him before more damage is done. It was very British, and tended to be somewhat intelligent (I'm not sure if the two are related). It did get pretty slow at points, since audiences today aren't used to the novelty of talking in film. It was neat to see Clarence the Angel from It's A Wonderful Life again, but that's just me. Gloria Stuart plays the love interest, but that subplot really never goes anywhere. There was a loud, screeching tavern mistress, who was supposed to be funny (that's my guess), but was painful to hear. One thing that surprised me were the remarkable invisibility effects--very well-done, especially considering the time this film was made. Claude Raines was very good as the unseen man, who was obviously insane, but likable all the same. Although he killed a lot of people, I really wanted the Invisible Man to triumph. He was delightfully wicked, with his crazed laugh and diabolical dialogue. I think, due to the Hayes Code, evil could 'not go unpunished,' but I sure wanted him to get away, win the girl, and get revenge on his enemies. In the end, I enjoyed this film a great deal, but thought it ended too abruptly. Well, I'm sure there's a "Son of the Invisible Man" out there. There always is.
Best Scare: When he unravels his bandages the first time, and you can see there's nothing underneath. That was neat, and might have been terrifying in the 1930's.

Total Skulls: 6

Sequel setup
Rips off earlier film
Horror film showing on TV/in theater in movie
Future celebrity appears
Former celebrity appears
Bad title
Bad premise
Bad acting
Bad dialogue
Bad execution
MTV Editing
Girl unnecessarily gets naked
Wanton sex
Death associated with sex
Unfulfilled promise of nudity
Characters forget about threat
Secluded location
Power is cut
Phone lines are cut
Someone investigates a strange noise skull
Someone runs up stairs instead of going out front door
Camera is the killer
Victims cower in front of a window/door
Victim locks self in with killer skull
Victim running from killer inexplicably falls
Toilet stall scene
Shower/bath scene
Car stalls or won't start
Cat jumps out
Fake scare
Laughable scare
Stupid discovery of corpse
Dream sequence
No one believes only witness skull
Crazy, drunk, old man knows the truth
Music detracts from scene
Death in first five minutes
x years before/later
Dark and stormy night
Killer doesn't stay dead
Killer wears a mask skull
Killer is in closet
Killer is in car with victim skull
Villain is more sympathetic than heroes skull
Unscary villain/monster
Blood fountain
Blood hits camera
Poor death effect
Excessive gore
No one dies at all
Virgin survives
Geek/Nerd survives
Little kid lamely survives
Dog/Pet miraculously survives
Unresolved subplots
"It was all a dream" ending
Unbelievably happy ending
Unbelievably crappy ending
What the hell?