The Invisible Man Review

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Sean Gregory
Visual Arts Editor

Most horror movies that come out these days tend to reuse a lot of tropes and elements, which can make their viewings seem incredibly bland. Creepy environment, uneasy aesthetic, and eardrum-breaking orchestra music when monsters pop out make jump scares very easy to spot. However, with The Invisible Man, something is very different.

This film was made by Blumhouse Productions, a private film company responsible for some horror movie series staples such as Paranormal Activity and The Purge, and many single movie successes such as Get Out and Unfriended.

This movie appears to break formula a bit, at least in its first part. It begins with a man having seemingly committed suicide. However, his wife starts to notice out-of-the-ordinary events occurring, almost as if to indicate his presence. She then begins to believe that he has found a way to haunt her while invisible.

Where this movie stands out is that there is never a clear indication of a scare. As this movie does not have much of a soundtrack, you will often times be left with only the sound of footsteps in long cuts of the house, having to look throughout the entire set piece to detect anything out-of-the-ordinary yourself. This makes for some re-watchability. Was this couch cushion moved just now? Did this shampoo bottle get a bit pressed? Was there a shadow looming along the corner? This aspect of the movie can sometimes be scarier than the jump scares themselves. Therefore, this is a very good horror movie to see if you are not a fan of the modern-day horror movie formula.

Originally Published on Vol.49 Issue 11 on March 18th, 2020