The Invisible Man
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A mysterious stranger, his face swathed in bandages and his eyes obscured by dark spectacles, has taken a room at a cozy inn in the British village of Ipping. Never leaving his quarters, the stranger demands that the staff leave him completely alone. Working unmolested with his test tubes, the stranger does not notice when the landlady inadvertently walks into his room one morning. But she notices that her guest seemingly has no head! The stranger, one Jack Griffin, is a scientist, who'd left Ipping several months earlier while conducting a series of tests with a strange new drug called… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

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"In his first cinema role, which must have been easy for him to play since it amounts to very little more than an offstage noise, Claude Rains gives an alarming performance, almost as frightening when he is present as when he is not."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Rains, with his clear, sensitively inflected voice, was lucky: it made him a star."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"This is an entertaining movie and even a memorable one, but without a stronger story, I wouldn't refer to it as a masterpiece."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
"Rains, whose expressive gestures are also vital to his performance, recognised it as a career-making opportunity, a whole film that builds up to the revelation of his face."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"Terrific entry in the James Whale horror canon"
‑ Jay Antani, Los Angeles Alternative
"The strangest character yet created by the screen [from the novel by H.G. Wells] roams through The Invisible Man."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"It is hardly necessary to dwell upon the performances of the cast beyond saying that they all rise to the demands of their parts. As for the settings, they seem very real, and the direction and acting of the uniformed police force are unusually good."
‑ Mordaunt Hall, New York Times
"The success of this superb adaptation of HG Wells's novel is down to John P Fulton and John J Mescall's pioneering special effects and the eerie atmosphere conjured up by horror maestro James Whale."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"Rains, with his silky, slightly superior-sounding voice, emerges as pathetic not grandiose, and the film clips along with boundless energy."
‑ , Film4
"Great black & white fantasy film."
‑ Gerry Shamray, Your Movies (
"James Whale's 1933 film plays more like a British folk comedy than a horror movie; it's full of the same deft character twists that made his Bride of Frankenstein a classic."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The many special effects -- some retouched on film by hand -- are quaint by today's digital standards, but that only makes them all the more fun."
‑ Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle
"Alarming, both for the way it allows its antihero to fully fall into madness and for the violence that this fall involves."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"Overacted but holds on pretty well though."
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson,
"By turns hilarious, haunting and horrific."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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