"The Invisible Man," The 1930's Answer to Marvel Movies' FX!

If you follow my diary, you know I wrote about the Stan Winston School FX class I took dealing with Hollywood’s mirror FX. To see some old time FX in action, STARZ is currently streaming The Invisible Man, 1933’s cult classic! Based on H.G. Wells’ 1897 novel of the same name, the film is a masterpiece of special effects on the job before we relayed everything into digital technology.

A stranger shows up one cold evening. He looks creepy, all right. Mummified up in bandages and clothes, the hotel staff go to check on him. Whoops, he is invisible once removing everything! The people in suburbia aren’t cool with differences amongst themselves. In a short time, the invisible man, whom we learn was a scientist when he was visible, starts havoc in the town.

If you enjoy old school dialogue heavy material, vintage Twilight Zone, or H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine, you will be in for a feast. The invisible man at one time drives a car! Audiences must have wondered, “How did they do that?” A remake of this movie wouldn’t do it justice. Knowing the visual effects masters of their era didn’t use modern methods makes the film all the more enjoyable.