The Ninjabot

Week End Horror: The Invisible Man (1933)

Posted on February 8, 2013 at 12:36 pm by Jess Hicks

This week we are going to go back in time to the heyday of monster movies with Universal’s The Invisible Man. Claude Rains stars as the mad scientist Dr. Jack Griffin who has discovered the secret to invisibility. However, once he is invisible he can’t seem to figure out how to go back to normal and soon dives deep into madness.


This is easily one of my top 3 favorite Universal Horror films and Claude Rains’ performance is flawless. His struggle between remaining good and becoming a mad man is incredibly moving. At times you really want to hate him but you just can’t! It’s amazing to think that Rains was not Universal’s first pick to play the mad scientist. Only after director James Whale, of Bride and Frankenstein fame, took over was Claude Rains picked for his “intellectual voice”.

Possibly the most impressive thing about this film is its use of special effects. Sure, they did some stuff with wires but when it came down to showing Rains only partially invisible it is truly a work of art. At times Rains had to be totally covered in a black velvet suit for hours, which is an extremely difficult task for a claustrophobic actor.

IM1 Invisible Man-SFX

The Invisible Man is the perfect way to get started on classic monster movie viewing. If you are already a fan then I HIGHLY recommend the Universal Monster Blu-Ray Set that was just released last year. There are tons of goodies and behind the scenes included.


The Invisible Man is available for streaming @ Netflix Instant Watch.

You can follow Jess on Twitter @DangerJess and be sure to check out other great films in our Week End Horror Column.


    • Phud

      One of my favorite of the Universal classics. Rather under rated today, but Claude Rains really captured the insanity of the character using mostly his voice only as he is never seen. Of course James Whale adds some campy humor throughout.

    Sharing the Legacy on Flickr

    See all photos