Greatest Film Moments – The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man tells the story of a scientist by the name of Dr. Griffin who finds a way to become invisible.

However, one of the chemicals used in his formula to become invisible drives him to insanity.

Bent on power, Griffin becomes violent and murderous, turning on a local innkeeper and on his associate Dr. Kemp.

The Invisible Man is based on the science fiction novella by the same name written by H.G. Wells, which was published in 1897.

Without reading the short novella, I watched the classic horror film for the first time. It was the hardest title in the Legacy Collection to find, especially after the rerelease of The Wolf Man, Frankenstein, and Dracula.

And I was not surprised by the unrequited relationship between Griffin (The Invisible Man) and Flora, the daughter of the scientist both Griffin and Kemp worked with.

It did not drive the story throughout the film, but it motivated Griffin’s scientific exploration and his consequential invisibility. Their romance was on the back-burner, but it was present, which means that romance is definitely a common element amongst the Universal Picture original monsters.

Even though it seemed that Griffin had no interest in Flora with his secrecy and experiments, he truly wanted to be with her. However, his invisibility and the chemicals used in the formula that caused this invisibility warped his mind.

Violent and volatile, he lashes out at everyone since his arrival at the inn, where he completes his invisibility transformation. He becomes murderous, plotting to kill the rich and powerful, rob from anyone and everyone without being caught. Griffin enlists Kemp as his driver and accomplice, but murders him once Kemp betrays him to the police.

Griffin loses himself to the invisibility and the power that comes with such anonymity. He is invisible, untouchable until a bullet steals his life.

The Invisible Man was so different to me than the other Legacy Collection films. There is no creature or supernatural being as the villain or misunderstood beast of the story, there is only a man: A man of science who loses himself.

It made the film unique to me. The madness and the darkness inside Griffin was released when he became invisible, with no restraints he could commit any act without responsibility.

~ by nicmarray on March 31, 2010.

One Response to “Greatest Film Moments – The Invisible Man”

  1. I had been very lacking in my viewing of the classic horror flicks and have taken it upon myself to remedy this. The Invisible Man was one that didn’t come to mind but after seeing it here I’ll have to remember to put it on my watch list.

    I finally got to Frankenstein, The Wolf Man and The Creature From The Black Lagoon but still need to get to The Mummy and now The Invisible Man.

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