Film / The Invisible Man
It doesn't look like it, but this man is one of the most dangerous Universal Monsters of all time.

The Invisible Man is a 1933 Universal Horror film, directed by James Whale and starring Claude Rains. It is based on the novel by H. G. Wells.

The Invisible Man tells the story of an encounter the people of a sleepy town have with a mysterious newcomer who conceals himself entirely with bandages. The townspeople grow ever curious at the secretive, dangerously short-tempered man and his experiments. Frustrated by the inquisitive nature of the locals, the man goes into a rage, tears away his bandages, and reveals to the people that he is in fact completely invisible.

From this point on, the story follows the invisible man's trail of destruction and terror across the land as he attempts to either find a cure for his condition or take over the country (whichever is more likely). He is eventually discovered to be a scientist named Griffin, who was engaging in some illicit experiments. His old girlfriend Rose is played by Gloria Stewart, 64 years before Stewart starred as the old Rose in Titanic

A sequel, called The Invisible Man Returns and starring Vincent Price in the title role, was produced in 1940. That same year Universal would also release the more comedic film The Invisible Woman.

The Invisible Man is also one of the eight official Universal Monsters.

This film provides examples of:

  • Adaptation Expansion: The subplot with Griffin's girlfriend Rose was created for the film.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Quoth The Other Wiki:
    The film portrays Griffin more sympathetically than does the novel. The novel's Griffin is callous and cruel from the beginning, and only pursues the experiment for wealth and his ego. The movie shows Griffin as an honorable man who is misguided. His insanity is purely a side-effect of the invisibility drug, and his motivation for the experiment was a misguided desire to do good for science and mankind, born primarily out of his love for his fiancée.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: Kemp has been altered from a decent, courageous man who serves as Griffin's nemesis to a cowardly jerk who hits on Griffin's girlfriend and spends most of the film in a state of blind panic.
  • Badass Boast: Griffin gives one shortly after his unveiling:
    "An invisible man can rule the world. No one will see him come, no one will see him go. He can hear every secret. He can rob, and rape, and kill!"
  • Bandaged Face: Griffin's disguise.
  • Canon Foreigner: Flora and her father Dr. Cranley have no counterparts in Wells' novel.
  • Composite Character: Dr. Kemp shares many of the characteristics and story roles as Thomas Marvel.
  • Chemistry Can Do Anything: The cause of Griffin's invisibility is a vaguely-described chemical process.
  • Conspicuous Gloves: The 1933 film is set in winter, so gloves don't really look that odd until Griffin goes indoors and doesn't take them off, or later on when he's wearing them with pajamas and a robe. The Vincent Price sequel (1940's The Invisible Man Returns) is set in warmer weather, so it looks a bit stranger for him to wear them in most instances. The title character of The Invisible Woman (also released in 1940) can get by with it more considering the social customs of the period included women wearing gloves (and hats, for that matter), so it doesn't stand out so much.
  • Determinator: Griffin goes 15 miles, on foot, through the snow, naked to get to Kemp's house. When he finally gets there, he wants to sit down, and says he'll want food and sleep, but first he wants to go back to the inn he was staying at and get his notes. So they hop in the car and he prepares to get go naked in the snow again. (While they're driving, he at least has a blanket.) Not to mention the fact that he spent five years working all night every night on his invisibility serum. Apparently for Griffin, sleep is for the dead.
  • Harbinger of Impending Doom: The film has a disturbing moment where someone that Dr. Griffin has tried to utilize runs screaming into a small town: "The invisible man is coming!"
  • Invisible Stomach, Visible Food: The film doesn't actually show the trope, but Griffin mentions that any food he eats will be visible inside him until digested, as in the original novel.
  • Large Ham: Griffin, so very much.
  • Laughing Mad: When Griffin reveals his invisibility to the villagers of Iping, he adds some laughter to it to truly shock them.
  • Literal Ass Kicking: When the police try to capture Griffin at Kemp's house, he gives one of them a kick on the rear.
  • Mood Whiplash: A comedic scene where the Invisible Man chases the Iping villagers out of the pub ends with him suddenly murdering the police inspector by bashing his head in with a stool.
  • Outside Ride: Griffin follows his target this way. Made easier by the fact that, well, he's invisible. Ignore the fact that he's also naked in the middle of winter hanging onto the side of a speeding car...
  • Psycho Serum: Monocane, a drug used in Griffin's invisibility process, although it isn't until the sequel that insanity is officially confirmed as a side effect.
  • Runaway Train: Griffin has the highest amount of deaths caused out of all the Universal Monsters, due to a train wreck he causes that sends the train off a cliff and kills a hundred people.
  • Screaming Woman: Any excuse and Mrs. Hall is screaming like crazy.
  • This Was His True Form: Griffin becomes visible again upon his death.
  • We Can Rule Together: Griffin’s grandiose plans for his “reign of terror” involve bullying Kemp into becoming his number two.