Bingers, answer this: would you rather fear what you can see or fear something that you can’t? Personally, I’d rather see something that I am going to be scared of. With that, at least I know how it looks like and I’ll know whether I still have my sanity in check. You might be wondering why I asked you that. Well, in United International Pictures and Blumhouse’ The Invisible Man, we will witness the descent of a victim into madness. Bingers, it is going to be a bold statement but The Invisible Man is easily one of my favorite among the recent horror movies. Wanna know why? Find out in our review!
The Art in Horror
Leigh Whannell directs and writes the latest reincarnation of a classic Universal monster. Elizabeth Moss of The Handmaid’s Tale stars in this scifi-thriller as Cecillia Kass. The premise of the film is pretty much straight to the point where she finds herself in an abusive relationship with a partner (Oliver Jackson-Cohen). When she got tired of it, she finally devised a plan to free herself and hide from him. The trauma her left scarred and scared of the outside world that she found herself secluded inside the house of a friend for weeks.
Whannell’s take on the film is a crafty one. To me, I noticed this right from the start because of a certain aura it emanates. It is suspenseful and pretty. I have been a fan of him since Saw and has been following his twisty writing. He does not disappoint in The Invisible Man. Lots of horror movies lately have been predictable with lots of cheapscares. That is not bad, don’t get me wrong. There is a certain beauty and fun to it. In fact, the campier the horror movie is, the better. Sometimes, however, there are horror movies that tone things down a notch and delves deep into the characters. This film is one of them.
Moss brought intensity to her role. The transition of her character from abused-crazed-strong was such as beautiful thing to watch unfold on screen. I have to commend her as well on how physically-taxing it must have been. Imagine fighting off something that you can’t see! That is some acting, if you ask me.
In an era of loud and monster-filled horror movies, The Invisible Man is a breath of fresh air. It identifies the source of fear which is within or rather what is in front of us but cannot see. One particular thing that I fell in love with with the film is how it tackled abuse and stitched it to the narrative. It’s not all the time that a horror movie carries such weight. No cheapscares. No monsters. Just pure intense writing and exceptional performance- The Invisible Man is something that should be seen!
Director: Leigh Whannell
Cast: Elizabeth Moss
Binge-level: 5 out of 5 stars