The Invisible Man first trailer Elisabeth Moss

The last remnant of Universal’s failed attempt to create their movie monster universe, The Invisible Man, now has a trailer, and it looks horrifying.

After The Mummy flopped, Universal had a bunch of planned films on their hands and wasn’t sure what to do with them. That’s when director and writer Leigh Whannell stepped in, bringing an idea to the studio to make a standalone Invisible Man horror film. Whannell had gained horror fame from his work on the Saw and Insidious franchises, and the studio jumped at the chance to do something interesting with one of their movie monster characters. And so we have The Invisible Man and this trailer for it.

The movie — which stars Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Elisabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge, and Storm Reid — sees Jackson-Cohen as an eccentric and abusive inventor. When his wife, Cecilia (Moss), finally leaves him, he uses his new invisibility technology to fake his death and begin to torture her in horrifying and disturbing ways. It’s definitely a far more horrific take on the character than either the original Universal film from 1933 or the infamously revealing Kevin Bacon movie Hollow Man. In fact, there are very few adaptations of H.G. Wells’ classic that play up the true horror of what an invisible person could get away with.

The Invisible Man will hit theaters February 8, 2020.

Matthew Razak
Matthew Razak is a film critic with more than a decade of experience reviewing and talking about movies, TV shows, and videogames. He runs the website Flixist.com and will talk your ear off about James Bond movies, Doctor Who, Zelda, and Star Trek.

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8 Comments

  1. This looks suprisingly good. Maybe this’ll save the Horror Universe?

    1. Do we want it saved? Was it ever a thing anyone actually wanted? Though, a series of actual horror films set in the same universe with the Universal monsters could be interesting.

    2. Universal’s Dark Universe is already confirmed dead and it wasn’t even planning on being horror movies.

      Just give me good horror flicks out of the Universal monsters again please.

  2. This… could actually work.

  3. Nice idea, shame the trailer spells out the entire movie

    1. or…DOES IT?!?!?!?
      OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOH!
      *SPOOKY NOISES*

  4. Wow, didn’t see that one coming.

  5. Hrmm, I have oddly mixed feelings here.

    On the one hand, this is a hell of a trailer and the movie looks genuinely frightening/unnerving.

    On the other, I think the real charm and appeal of Wells’s original story is the clever and (ultimately) tragic way he blends horror/gothic with comedy–which certainly doesn’t look to be the case here.

    Hopefully the movie is so good I forget all about that–I just love the book so much it’s hard to see its name attached to something so different in tone!

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