A mysterious stranger wrapped in bandages, with his eyes covered by dark goggles, walks into an English pub on a snowy night. No, that’s not the start of a joke; it’s the beginning of 1933’s “The Invisible Man.”
The synopsis: While researching a new drug, Dr. Jack Griffin stumbles on a potion that can make him invisible. When he shares this information to his old mentor and his fiancée, they both realize a side effect of the potion is insanity. Jack goes on a violent rampage, the police try to hunt him down, and his mentor and his former partner try to devise a plan to capture him.
English actor Claude Rains played Griffin and this was Rains’ American film debut. He’s mostly a disembodied voice covered in bandages; you only see him only briefly at the end of the movie.
By today’s standards, the effects look simple, but for their time, they're groundbreaking. I’ve no doubt moviegoers watching a pair of pants skip down a road, watching bicycle pedal by itself or watching Rains’ character unwrap his head to reveal nothing underneath gave one or three a heart attack.
“The Invisible Man” is a great story, with incredible special effects and solid acting. It’s a movie that stands the test of time; the movie review site Rotten Tomatoes has given “The Invisible Man” 100% on the TOMATOMETER.
If you haven’t yet watched “The Invisible Man,” it’s time you see it – or in this case, don’t see it – for yourself.
Below is the film's trailer.