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The Dark Universe is dead.
Long live The Invisible Man.
TL;DR: Universal is done with the Dark Universe, so they're letting "creative directors with distinctive visions" give new spins to the Universal Monsters, starting with The Invisible Man as reinterpreted by Upgrade's Leigh Whannell and Jason Blum. Consequently, this take on The Invisible Man will be co-produced by Blumhouse Productions. (And no, Johnny Depp will not be the eponymous character.)
And Leigh Whannell already refers to it as a really terrifying story. At last, we can have some horror in our Universal horror again. And we didn't even have to wait another several years.
I've never fully understood how you make the invisible man terrifying.
The invisible man is based on a philosophical concept which basically proposes that the main reason humans "behave" is because other humans are able to observe them. Once you take the observation aspect away, and you can get away with everything, well, why shouldn't you do whatever you want? And that is a terrifying notion. I mean, can you imagine being attacked (or worse) by an invisible man?
Getting stranger to death by an invisible figure.
Interestingly, the Invisible Woman from the movie of the same name was more humorous than her male counterpart.
There was also a very short-lived TV show which explored the more "practical" aspects of the condition - I actually thought that the concept was fun, but it didn't catch on.
I'm not sure I'm optimistic about this Fantastic 4 spin-off.
Check out Hollow Man.
Elizabeth Moss is in talks for a role in The Invisible Man. Johnny Depp is confirmed to no longer be involved as well.
Edited by comicwriter on Mar 1st 2019 at 1:31:43 AM
Vague plot details for Invisible Man are out there now. It sounds like it may be about an abusive man who's thought dead but actually turned invisible.
That could be... genuinely horrifying and could be really good. Could genuinely talk about long term psychological abuse too. Thriller horror and etc.
Suppose maybe the concept gives away the potential 'twist' though?
It's too bad, I feel like the Dark Universe could have really worked if it was just handled better.
Damn, now whenever I hear the name Invisible Man, the only image I can think of is him getting horribly but karmically raped to death by Mr. Hyde in League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
I don't know if I'd say that when it sounds like the hook the movie hangs on.
The Invisible Man is coming next March, Friday the 13th.
That's what I mean. A psychological horror of an Invisible Abuser stalking and attacking someone sounds fascinating. But calling it 'The Invisible Man' gives away... like, what's actually happening. Defeating the nature of a psychological horror film.
Edited by InkDagger on May 20th 2019 at 5:55:00 AM
Doesn't necessarily have to be a twist to be horror. Especially psychological horror. It's more work, but one of the most horrifying things there is is knowing exactly what's happening and being powerless against it. And failing that, the original concept of the Invisible Man is how disturbing it is to watch a seemingly ordinary man give in to their worst impulses when "freed" of the consequences of their actions.
Plot synopsis for The Invisible Man:
Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss (Us, Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale”) stars in a terrifying modern tale of obsession inspired by Universal’s classic monster character.
Trapped in a violent, controlling relationship with a wealthy and brilliant scientist, Cecilia Kass (Moss) escapes in the dead of night and disappears into hiding, aided by her sister (Harriet Dyer), their childhood friend (Aldis Hodge) and his teenage daughter (Storm Reid).
But when Cecilia’s abusive ex (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) commits suicide and leaves her a generous portion of his vast fortune, Cecilia suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of eerie coincidences turns lethal, threatening the lives of those she loves, Cecilia’s sanity begins to unravel as she desperately tries to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.
Considering the twist Upgrade had, I see this going two ways (spoiler-tagging in case I end up calling them):
Overthinking it, maybe?
Yeah, I think you're just trying to outsmart a movie that's going to give us exactly what it says on the tin.
I've met Leigh. He's a really smart, cool guy. Those twists would both be extremely fraught, especially in this age, and I think he's sharp enough not to do them.
Edited by Prowler on Aug 29th 2019 at 11:35:25 AM
So it might just be her being crazy?
I really doubt it, mostly because, like I said, that twist has some ugly fucking connotations.
It's called The Invisible Man. If there is no Invisible Man, then that's false advertising.
Also, Upgrade was awesome, so I'm really looking forward to this.
First Invisible Man images tease trouble for Elisabeth Moss's character.
And here's the trailer.
Edited by Prowler on Nov 7th 2019 at 9:16:07 AM
Also, this looks to be one of those "give away the entire plot in the trailer" trailers. So maybe just watch the first 30 seconds if you don't want spoilers.
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