The Invisible Man Returns

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  • 1940
  • 1 hr 22 min
  • 6.5  (5,161)

The Invisible Man Returns is a 1940 film directed by Joe May and starring Cedric Hardwicke, Vincent Price, and Nan Grey. The film is a sequel to the 1933 classic horror film, The Invisible Man, and follows a similar storyline of a man becoming invisible and using his power for personal gain. The movie begins with Sir Geoffrey Radcliffe (Vincent Price), who has been convicted of the murder of his brother, escaping from prison. He seeks the help of Dr. Frank Griffin (John Sutton), the brother of the original Invisible Man, to help him prove his innocence. Dr. Griffin has since died, but before he passed away, he left behind a formula for invisibility.

With the help of his daughter, Helen (Nan Grey), Dr. Griffin's assistant, Dr. Geoffrey uses the formula to become invisible and set out to clear his name. As he tries to find evidence to prove his innocence, Dr. Geoffrey also seeks to uncover the true identity of his brother's killer.

However, as Dr. Geoffrey becomes more and more invisible, he begins to be consumed by the power that comes with it. He starts to become corrupt and cruel, using his invisibility to take revenge on those who have wronged him. This is where the film takes a dark turn, as Dr. Geoffrey's friends must decide whether to help him or stop him for the greater good.

The special effects in the movie, although primitive by today's standards, were groundbreaking at the time, and there are several scenes that are still impressive today. The film features several memorable moments, such as the now-iconic shot of Vincent Price's invisible face, and the suspenseful scene of Dr. Geoffrey trying to avoid detection while walking through a busy city street.

Cedric Hardwicke's performance as Sir Geoffrey Radcliffe is excellent, as he portrays the desperation and fear of a man trying to prove his innocence in the face of overwhelming odds. Vincent Price also delivers a strong performance as Dr. Frank Griffin, adding a touch of gravitas to the movie. Nan Grey's role as Helen is somewhat limited, but she still manages to inject some heart into the film.

Overall, The Invisible Man Returns is a solid sequel to the original film, featuring many of the same themes and elements that made the original a classic. While it may not be as well-known as other horror films of the era, it is certainly worth checking out for fans of the genre, and for those who enjoy classic cinema. The film is a fitting tribute to the original Invisible Man and a testament to the enduring appeal of the character.

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    1 hr 22 min
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    6.5  (5,161)