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The Invisible Man Returns (1940)

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This semi-sequel to The Invisible Man stars Vincent Price in the title role. Condemned for a murder he did not commit, Price begs doctor John Sutton to inject him with an invisibility serum. Sutton does so, even though he warns Price that the serum will very likely drive him insane.

Cast

Vincent Price
as Geoffrey Radcliffe
Nan Grey
as n Manson
Cedric Hardwicke
as Richard Cobb
John Sutton
as Dr. Frank Griffin
Cecil Kellaway
as Inspector Sampson
Alan Napier
as Willie Spears
Forrester Harvey
as Ben Jenkins
Harry Stubbs
as Constable Dukesbury
Harry Cording
as Shopworker
Edmund MacDonald
as Mineworker
Matthew Boulton
as Policeman
Bruce Lester
as Chaplain
Paul England
as Detective
Eric Wilton
as Fingerprint Man
Leyland Hodgson
as Chauffeur
David Thursby
as Bob, a Warden
Bruce Lister
as Chaplain
Jimmy Aubrey
as Plainclothesman
Louise Brien
as Griffin's Secretary
Frank S. Hagney
as Bill, a Policeman
Frank O'Connor
as Policeman at Colliery
Frank Hill
as Policeman attending Cobb
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Critic Reviews for The Invisible Man Returns

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (3)

Stripped of the horror angles of its forerunner, The Invisible Man Returns is a fantastic tale of the impossible -- but unfolded in such a manner that it maintains interest throughout despite its basic incredibility.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…
Variety
Top Critic

The Invisible Man Returns is a mite on the ghostly side, too, although neither so horrendous nor so humorous as the first one was.

March 25, 2006 | Full Review…
New York Times
Top Critic

Not as stylishly bizarre as Whale's original, but a very enjoyable sequel.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

The standard effects are used to their fullest, with Price accidentally reappearing at the wrong times and the proverbial floating gun that takes the guilty party by surprise.

October 19, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
TV Guide

The first sequel to the Claude Rains classic, while more modestly scaled than its predecessor, still receives a first-class treatment from director Joe May and, in many instances, surpasses the visual magic of the original.

October 19, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Radio Times

A creative expansion on the original's story that uses the same hook to significantly different, more humane ends.

June 5, 2016 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…
Antagony & Ecstasy

Audience Reviews for The Invisible Man Returns

The Invisible Man Returns is a strong follow-up to The Invisible Man. The film is also the best sequel to the original horror classic. Starring Vincent Price as Geoffrey Radcliffe. This is the best sequel of the series, and I thought it was a terrific, well constructed horror film. This film is wonderful because of the acting that Vincent Price displays on-screen. The film boasts stunning special effects, just like the other films. Except, this film has a lot more substance to its material. Vincent Price handles his role very well, and he definitely displays his talents as an actor here. I thought that the story was the best since the original, and it is the only sequel has a tense atmosphere. The Invisible Mann Returns is a tale revenge and romance mixed with horror of course. The film is entertaining, and the cast do a great job in their roles. The Invisible Man Returns is a good entry and is quite entertaining. If you've enjoyed this film, you'll most likely enjoy this sequel. As far as sequels are concerned, The Invisible Man Returns is a good enough sequel, and has a good plot with great special effects and of course the talent of its lead, Vincent Price. I enjoyed this film, and thought it had a great mix of everything that makes a good sequel. The plot is good, and the actors really deliver something special here. This is the best sequel in the series as it's more serious than the other films that came after it. The only sequel that comes close is The Invisible Man's Revenge.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

This sequel has a boring sequel story, but it is worth watching for an early performance, mostly voice, from Vincent Price.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

½

Vincent Price takes over for Rains as the lead, and in the end, I liked this story a bit better than the original. I agree with what someone else here on Flixster said about this movie being more of a film-noir style mystery than a horror picture. Sutton plays the original invisible man's brother, Dr. Frank Griffin. He understands the danger of the drug since it made his brother go mad, but he gives it to his friend Radcliffe who needs to escape his death sentence. Radcliffe has a better relationship with his fiance and he is well liked by the factory workers who work for him at his mining operation. He's basically a good guy, not a monster, not a villain. True, he does begin to go mad with power, while Dr. Griffin rushes against the clock to find an antidote that will make him visible again. But, Radcliffe uses the madness, the urge to seek revenge, to find who framed him for murder. I like that it doesn't play like a comedy, that it takes itself more seriously, that the invisible man is doing some good by seeking justice. This was made almost seven years later and there are some improvements to the effects. Except I have to make one exception. The wires are visible more often on the props, but this may just be because Universal didn't spend as much time remastering or improving these sequels as the original. I don't know. Still the props are used realistically. And Vincent Price's voice is just as expressive or maybe more so in acting when you can't see him. Oh, and Curt Siodmak contributed to the script on this one.

Byron Brubaker
Byron Brubaker

Super Reviewer

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