Saturday, November 23, 2013

The Invisible Man (1933)

Starring Claude Rains, Gloria Stuart, William Harrigan, Henry Travers, Una O'Connor
Directed by James Whale
(actor & director credits courtesy IMDB.com)

A scientist's experiments on himself result in turning him invisible, but also warp his mind, and he soon takes advantage of his invisibility to commit murder and mayhem.

We have here a true horror classic, augmented by Frankenstein director James Whale's direction, and John P. Fulton's amazing special effects, which are still startlingly effective eighty years later.  As important to the film as Whale and Fulton is Rains, whose vocal performance is one of the great ones, conveying frustration, anger, and mania beneath the bandages.  The supporting cast is fine as well, and Whale adds humorous bits- one will never forget O'Connor's shrieking performance as the tavern owner's wife.

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