2020 is shaping up to be the year of horror. With blockbuster movies the Grudge, Conjuring 3, A Quiet Place Part II and Halloween Kills, will we get any sleep this year?
But one remake stands out in particular. Compared to the rest, this one is an oddity. An oldie. A goody. A classic. But how could it possibly hold up in this day and age? How could it possibly be scary? How could a director make this…
… into an absolute fright?
Some stories are timeless, as is the case with Ralph Ellison’s novel and the original movie adaptation, but the Invisible Man would not survive today’s standards, right? In the same way Frankenstein, Dracula and the Wolf Man failed in their own late 2000 reproductions.
Horror movies have gotten bolder throughout the years. First there was the Shining, then the Exorcist, then Saw, then Insidious, then the Conjuring, then the Haunting of Hill House. Each year a new horror hit mainstream, it took one small step beyond the line we drew in the sand that limited our capacity to be scared, shocked or disturbed.
By this standard, 30s monsters just aren’t scary anymore. The Invisible Man remake would simply not succeed by its original conventions…
And then the trailer was released. To watch: click here
If the trailer didn’t do anything for you, here are three more reasons to get excited for the Invisible Man.
In the original Invisible Man, the dastardly scientist discovers the power of invisibility. The crowning achievement is also a curse and turns Dr. Jack Griffin mad. He sets out into the visible world with his newfound ability to take advantage of the town folk that put him at odds. Insidious? No. Mischievous? Yes.
The 2020 remake doesn’t hold back. Immediately from the movie’s start we’re thrust into a daring escape by Cecilia Kass from her wealthy and psychotic husband. From the get-go, domestic violence and a bloody suicide already sets this remake apart from the rather tame 1930s feature.
Rather than silly hijinks, the 2020 invisible man antagonist takes on a malevolent initiative. Reminiscent of a paranormal villain, he stalks his ex wife to drive her over the edge and down into the abyss of insanity.
You know her from TV hits Mad Men and the Handmaid’s Tale. If you’ve seen her work, you can’t get enough of her. The talented actress is relatively young in the Hollywood scene, but has already knocked performances out of the ballpark. It was only a matter of time before she made the leap from AMC, Hulu and Netflix to the big screen.
While not a horror movie by most standards (given the obvious fact it’s a TV series) the Handmaid’s Tale put Elizabeth Moss in a similar role to that of her Invisible Man character. A woman beset with an invisible, yet seemingly all powerful force that encompasses her life. She was born to play the role of the underdog. Even in Mad Men, Moss’ character Peggy Olson had to claw her way up the advertisement business ranks with many doubters casting their shadowy eyes.
From what we know about the Invisible Man, it’s safe to say Elizabeth Moss reprises that underdog role. She knows what she sees is true. We know what she sees is true. But nobody in her world does, and while the invisible man poses the most eminent threat, Moss’ character faces one of the hardest foes to conquer: a world that doesn’t believe in you.
Director Leigh Whannell
You may not know his name, but you probably know his face. Leigh Whannell performed in numerous horror films throughout the past two decades. Most notably: Saw, Insidious, and the Bye Bye Man.
Invisible Man is Whannell’s third movie in which he directed. Adding to this, Invisible Man will be his third straight horror movie since directing Insidious: Chapter 3 in 2015. His limited experience as director is made up by his experience in the horror genre. Yet, despite this, there is a hesitation that hasn’t wavered in Twitter comment sections. Directors have been horror fans before and still pumped out terrible, unoriginal films. But what experience sets Whannell apart?
Two words: James Wan.
Whannell worked under director James Wan on several productions. To say Whannell hadn’t absorbed Wan’s terrific insight in the time spent working together would just be inaccurate. Whannell’s stylings in Insidious: Chapter 3 showed faint resemblance to James Wan’s eye for the macabre. And judging from the trailer for Invisible Man, it wasn’t a fluke.
And yes, trailers have been known to lead to disappointing viewings. It’s hard to deny that fact. However, while most audiences can only hope the trailer doesn’t spoil too much, horror fans can buy their tickets with some glimmer in their eyes. Because the Invisible Man appears to have captured once again that great vision Wan originally put on screen. An amalgamation of heart palpitations and a deep-gut worry. A trip down the uncanny valley that’ll have you questioning your own sense of sight and sound.
One can hope the Invisible Man remake will have you checking over your shoulder and fearing what you don’t see.
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Featured Image Source: IMDB the Invisible Man (2020)