Over the decades, Wells’ unsettlingly brilliant novel has been the inspiration for countless TV series and movies.
Amongst all those interpretations, 1933's The Invisible Man remains arguably the most spine-chilling take on the terrifying tale and maniacal character.
Helmed by horror icon James Whale and starring Casablanca’s Claude Rains in one of his earliest roles, it was a huge success for Universal Pictures.
Wells was unconvinced, saying that while he liked the film it had “taken his brilliant scientist and changed him into a lunatic”.
The Invisible Man 2020 takes a few artistic liberties with H G Wells’ original book.
Director Leigh Whannell tells the story from the point of view of Griffin’s estranged girlfriend, Cecilia, played by Elisabeth Moss - star of the brilliant but bleak The Handmaid’s Tale.
Oliver Jackson-Cohen - from The Haunting Of Hill House - plays the elusive mad scientist.
Aldis Hodge (Hidden Figures) and Storm Reid (A Wrinkle In Time) also star in what really is one of the films of the year so far!
The Invisible Man (2020) was originally slated to be part of Universal’s Dark Universe – a series of connected movies featuring Universal’s Classic Monsters (Dracula, Frankenstein, etc).
Instead, a creative change saw the studio announce that all future films based on the characters would instead be standalone stories.
Jason Blum took over as producer on The Invisible Man for his company Blumhouse Productions – and briefed director Leigh Whannell to up the terror factor. “Those [Universal] Monster movies are near and dear to my heart,” revealed Blum. “That’s why I wanted to do this.”
Our first look at the Blumhouse-produced The Invisible Man film came with the release of the trailer in November 2019 – and the sighs of relief from horror fans could be audibly heard.
Racking up nearly six million views between then and now, it’s a 150-second exercise in pure tension. H G Wells’ original novel walked the line between comedy and horror, and James Whale’s 1933 film did the same.
This version isn’t bothering with any such balancing act. It has one aim: to scare the living daylights out of you. As the tagline states...