What I see in the invisible man

| Monday, June 4, 2012 | |
The invisible man has always been a popular character in horror films and literature. I suppose that he fits into that primal fear of the creature that we can not see. He is that monster under the bed, in the closet, or cloaked in darkness who forces us to use our other senses to detect him. Unlike the nocturnal boogeyman, the invisible man  can harm us in, what should be our safest time, broad daylight.


As a child, I enjoyed building and painting models. While kids of my age built cars, I built military models and classic movie monsters. I had Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Hunchback of Notre Dame; I wonder if those old models are tucked away in a box somewhere?  A running joke was that the invisible man was also part of the collection, but it was so accurate you couldn't see it.

The Invisible Man began as a sci-fi novella by H.G. Wells and I would argue that he is the second best steampunk monster (Frankenstein is #1). Since his introduction in 1933's Invisible Man with Claude Rains, the invisible man continues to appear. While Rains may have been the best invisible man, I enjoyed Vincent Price in The Invisible Man Returns. He has been spotted in the 1970's TV Doctor Daniel Westin (David McCallum) and in 2000-02 Darien Fawkes (Vincent Ventresca).

Chevy Chase had fun with the character in Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992) and Ed Begley, Jr. thought he was invisible in Son of the Invisible Man, Amazon Women on the Moon (1987).

I suppose that the most successful recent version of the Invisible Man would be Kevin Bacon's Hallow Man which spawned a sequel Hallow Man 2 with Christian Slater. Having said that, I enjoyed the character Skinner from the steampunky movie  The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. I hope that the 2013 remake of the 1933 version will live up to my expectations!







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