From the award winning success of Get Out through to disappointing paint by numbers horror of Ma. Blumhouse Productions has provided a mixed bag of quality and innovation since its launch in 2010. However, nobody could dismiss the shear creativity of the modern horror platform that Blumhouse has created. One that has ensured horror in all its forms has continued to thrive on the cinema screen. And with its latest picture Blumhouse has returned to the socially reflective horror of Get Out. Not only bringing HG Wells The Invisible Man into the 21st Century. But also wrapping the rebirth in an intelligent and truly haunting exploration of domestic violence.
First published in 1897, The Invisible Man has a well deserved place in the history of horror on film. From the 1933 James Whale production of the same name. Through to modern interpretations such as Paul Verhoeven and Claudio Fäh’s The Hollow Man. However, while many films have centred on the scientist who fades in the distance. Few have managed to reflect the true horror laying behind the invisible but present force of an individual. While modern interpretations have often struggled to find a new hook in the narrative of the Victorian creation.
However, by integrating real life horror with the classic themes created by HG Wells. Writer and director Leigh Whannell has managed to create one of the finest horrors Blumhouse have produced since Get Out. Providing us with a film that twists and turns many of the tried and tested Invisible Man productions preceding it. While injecting the narrative with a stark dissection of domestic abuse, manipulation and control. As the invisible man becomes a stalker and controlling ex. Vividly bringing to life the psychological fear and manipulation domestic abuse creates, while combining these themes with mainstream and accessible horror. Ultimately creating a rollercoaster of complex human fears that sear a path into the viewers psyche.
Director: Leigh Whannell