And Flash Gordon was there in silver underwear
Claude Rains was the invisible man…
We satisfied the Flash Gordon requirement with watching a couple of serials episodes so not really qualifying as a movie. Then we watched The Invisible Man. I’ve seen many episodes of the 1958 television series of the same name but somehow I had never seen the original 1933 movie.
The Invisible Man is a mad scientist movie. Now our invisible man (Claude Rains) doesn’t start off as mad in the textbook sense, but you have to be a little crazy to use yourself as a guinea pig for an invisibility potion. But as typical with most scientists in these kind of movies he’s a bitty snotty and aloof thinking his intelligence and daring puts him far and above the common man. And much like copious amounts of alcohol, the invisibility potion seems to enhance these traits to dangerous, dare we say homicidal, proportions.
Now if our invisible man was completely invisible the whole time it would just come across as a weird ghost story. But instead, he is dressed in normal clothes, using bandages and sunglasses to cover the unclothed parts. This will also help the creep factor when the bandage slips or he removes a portion of clothing or bandages. It’s just weird to just not see anything where there should be a hand, or a mouth; just empty space. When you consider the movie was made in the 30’s, they pulled off some pretty nifty special effects.
The storyline is excellent as well. I think the deteriorating mind and morals of the main character saves this movie from being a set of cheap parlor tricks. The fact they have H. G. Wells literary excellence as a foundation for the screenplay doesn’t hurt either. However, the injection of small amounts of humor keeps this from being too melodramatic. That being said this is not a lightweight film; even 80 years later the feature still manages to shock and thrill it’s viewers.