Being invisible might sound like a boon, but H.G. Wells, the British writer had warned us that it might be the darkest curse yet. Not just for oneself, but invisibility can be a curse for those around you as well. That is exactly what the upcoming science-fiction horror movie, ‘The Invisible Man’ seeks to explore.
The movie functions as both a science fiction horror as well as a psychological horror. For starters, it features terror that is caused by a scientific invention. Plus, it also derives its horror from a character’s sociopathic condition. Moreover, it features characters who seemingly go insane due to the happenings around them and even reach a point where they have to fight the possibility of proving their sanity or risk being sent to a mental asylum. H. G. Wells’ novel focused on a scientist who discovers a way to change the body’s refractive index so that it neither reflects nor absorbs light and becomes invisible. Followed that, he descends into madness and terrorizes the English countryside.
Both, science fiction and psychological fiction have had a notable tryst with horror. Stories like that of Frankenstein and several dystopian tales have managed to exact effective premises for horror. On the other hand, psychotic tendencies have long been the source of horror in several stories. These often feature as a terrifying antagonist who goes on a spree of violence due to their mental condition or a character who hallucinates being a scary situation due to their mental trauma.
The Invisible Man Plot: What is it About?
The movie follows Cecila Kass, a woman who is in a violent relationship with a wealthy and brilliant but controlling scientist named Adrian Griffin. However, she manages to escape that with the assistance of her sister, their childhood friend and his teenage daughter. But, after her escape, she finds out that Griffin commits suicide and leaves a generous proportion of his fortune to Kass. Kass starts to think that his death was a hoax and that he will be out to terrorize her soon.
A series of creepy event ensue that strengthen Kass’ belief. An invisible man seems to haunt her and make her life a misery. She starts believing that Griffin came up with a way to turn invisible and then faked his death in order to petrify her. However, she has to battle the disbelief of others and prevent herself from being labelled as mentally insane and be sent to the asylum.
The Invisible Man Cast: Who is in It?
The talented American actress, Elisabeth Moss plays the lead character in ‘The Invisible Man.’ She has won the Primetime Emmy award and the Golden Globe twice in her career that has spanned almost three decades now. She rose to prominence after playing the character, Zoey Bartlet on ‘The West Wing.’ However, she became a household name after her reprisal of Peggy Olson on the period drama, ‘Mad Men.’ Currently, she stars in and produces ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ which is an adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel of the same name.
The English actor, Oliver Jakson-Cohen plays the character of Kass’ violent ex, a scientist who discovers a way to turn invisible and then proceeds to terrorize Kass.
Moreover, Aldis Hodge plays a character named James who is Kass’ childhood friend. James helps Kass escape Griffin in the movie. Hodge is known for playing Alec Hardison on the show, ‘Leverage.’
The Invisible Man Crew: Who is Behind it?
‘The Invisible Man’ is directed by Leigh Whannell who is known for writing several horror flicks like ‘Saw,’ ‘Dead Silence’ and the ‘Insidious’ trilogy. He has proven his mettle as a horror filmmaker and will be extending his capabilities with this film. He has also written this movie.
Stefan Duscio has handled the movie’s cinematography while it is edited by Andy Canny. Dark Universe, Blumhouse Productions, Goalpost Pictures and Nervous Tick are producing the film while it is being distributed by Universal Pictures.
The Invisible Man Release Date: When Does it Premiere?
The movie will release in the United States on February 28, 2020. It began filming in July 2019 and was wrapped up on September 17, 2019. It was extensively shot in Sydney, Australia.
The movie was conceived as early as 2007. It was revived in 2016 as part of Universal Pictures’ intention of creating a shared fictional universe with classic monsters. Johnny Depp had been attached with the movie. However, that did not work out due to the negative reception and poor box-office performance of ‘The Mummy.’ After that, more focus was added to the movies’ individual stories rather than the shared universe fiction.
The Invisible Man Trailer:
You can catch the trailer for ‘The Invisible Man’ below. It portrays the horror of a woman trapped in a violent relationship extremely well and does not give away too much on the story’s speculative nature.
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