The classic Universal Monster gets a contemporary polish in the trailer for The Invisible Man
The black and white classic, The Invisible Man was an absolute masterclass of filmmaking. Claude Rains slipped into the role of the Invisible Man with such vigour that the tale of the psychotic serial killer presented us with a chilling exploration of the human condition once the social shackles were removed. The result was chilling, and despite harnessing moments of pure hilarity, the moral of the tale was enough to remind us of the dangers of tampering with natures balance.
Fast forward to today, and despite Universal’s Dark Universe being dragged back into the depths of Hollywood’s graveyard, the trailer for the reboot/reimaging of The Invisible Man has arrived online. The film is written and directed by Leigh Whannell (Saw,) and stars Elisabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Aldis Hodge, and Storm Reid.
Check it out:
The synopsis for The Invisible Man is as follows:
What you can’t see can hurt you. Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss (Us, Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale) stars in a terrifying modern tale of obsession inspired by Universal’s classic monster character.
Trapped in a violent, controlling relationship with a wealthy and brilliant scientist, Cecilia Kass (Moss) escapes in the dead of night and disappears into hiding, aided by her sister (Harriet Dyer, NBC’s The InBetween), their childhood friend (Aldis Hodge, Straight Outta Compton) and his teenage daughter (Storm Reid, HBO’s Euphoria). But when Cecilia’s abusive ex (Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House) commits suicide and leaves her a generous portion of his vast fortune, Cecilia suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of eerie coincidences turn lethal, threatening the lives of those she loves, Cecilia’s sanity begins to unravel as she desperately tries to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.
As a devoted lover of the black and white original, I am dubious about this new incarnation. The contemporary polish was always expected, but the inclusion of the domestic abuse angle alters the tonal brilliance of the original. However, as a fan, I will be first in line to immerse myself in Universal’s latest attempt to restore its monsters to prominence.
The Invisible Man is set to appear in cinemas on February 28th, 2020.
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Source: Universal Pictures