SCARETOBER 2020: Invisible Man Double Feature


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STRONG CONTENT WARNING: This episode discusses the 2020 remake of The Invisible Man, and deals directly with domestic abuse, gaslighting, stalking, manipulation, self-harm, self-defense, violence against loved ones, and violent murder. If any of these topics or related topics are harmful to you, please skip ahead to 56:38 seconds to listen to our second review, or hold off listening to this episode until a later date. Please take care of yourselves first.

Rarely do we have an opportunity to discuss a movie as recent as this with its source film, which is nearly 90 years old at this point. And in doing so, we may have found one of the best movies of 2020, and definitely one of the best horror movies in recent years. Leigh Whannell is already a bit of a legend in horror circles for his work on Saw, Insidious and the recent techno-body horror-action thriller Upgrade. But his most recent effort is an exercise in restraint and clarity of vision, and in doing so, he’s created a movie more terrifying and anxiety-inducing than anything we’ve seen in quite some time. Meanwhile, its distant cousin is a Hollywood horror classic, though not as well known as the more heralded Dracula and Frankenstein. It suffers from the production limitations of the time, and an almost comic tone that lingers too much to let the real terror shine. But there’s something about the story and Claude Rains that still kept us engaged enough to appreciate its possibilities. We’re watching the 1933 and 2020 versions of The Invisible Man this week on Macintosh & Maud Haven’t Seen What?!

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Intro and outro music taken from the Second Movement of Ludwig von Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Hong Kong (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 HK) license. To hear the full performance or get more information, visit the song page at the Internet Archive.

Excerpt taken from “Attack” from the film The Invisible Man (2020), written and produced by Benjamin Wallfisch. Copyright 2020 Back Lot Music, a division of Universal Studios Music, LLLP.

Clips taken from the film The Invisible Man (2020) are © 2019 Universal Studios. All rights reserved.

Excerpt taken from the theme to The Invisible Man (1933) were composed by Heinz Roemheld and are © 1933 Universal Studios. All rights reserved.

Clips taken from the film The Invisible Man (1933) are © 1933 Universal Studios. All rights reserved.

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