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The Invisible Man's Revenge Reviews

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Super Reviewer
August 4, 2009
Finally, one invisible man sequel that is a legit suspenseful horror pic. Very early on I was fooled into thinking that Jon Hall was portraying the same character from the Invisible Agent who a couple years later is now seeing the effects of madness consume him. If only, there was some consistency between any of the sequels. But no! This time he plays Robert Griffin who evidently doesn't have any family relation to the Griffins of the earlier movies. I liked that Hall gets to play a darker character after being so sanitized and clean cut in the previous one. Five or so years ago he used to be a world traveling treasure hunter with his friends Irene (Sondergaard) and Jasper (Matthews). On one adventure he was knocked unconscious in a possible accident or a possible murder attempt. He doesn't remember where he's been for several years except that he was struck by something again recently and suddenly recalled the treasure that was supposed to be half his all those years ago. Oh, and plus he's already a homicidal maniac who has escaped from a mental hospital to come to England and settle this score before he's ever introduced to the invisibility procedure. Irene and Jasper determine to keep Robert from taking their fortune and their daughter Julie. Robert is obsessed with Julie, but she thinks he's long dead and is dating a journalist named Foster. Robert eventually finds himself on the doorstep of Dr. Drury (Carradine). Dr. Drury has turned several animals invisible and sees Robert as his chance to test his formula on a human. Robert runs off to force Jasper to sign over his fortune with his knew found power, but then to get Julie he realizes he needs to be visible again. Dr. Drury then quite quickly seems to have found a blood transfusion method of making the invisible visible again. Like in the book this invisible man adopts a slightly goofy cockney assistant (Errol) who provides some humor without being over the top. Well the blood transfusion is only temporary and Robert wants to have control over when he turns invisible or visible and he has a life threatening way to do this. The invisible man is definitely a monster again here and he is a real danger.

The bandages are back for a head covering, but when he is invisible you can see an outline of where he is more often than before. And you can see the whites of his eyes in a couple effects mistakes. Still there are yet more improvements in the effects mainly with Robert fading in and out of visibility while moving.
½ June 1, 2009
The setup is fairly ridiculous but it's still entertaining. Carradine plays a likable mad scientist and Jon Hall has more fun playing the invisible man as a villain than he did playing him as a hero in Invisible Agent. The dart scene is also worth mentioning.
½ March 7, 2009
he was just so angry all the time
October 27, 2008
La ultima película de la serie de "invisibles" se presenta con un regreso a las raices... pero cargada de incongruencias a pesar de contar con los mejores efectos especiales (incluye una de las primeras escenas con una toma en la que el actor se va volviendo invisible segun corre por un pasillo)... Lo curioso es que nuestro protagonista, que por su nombre es evidente que es familiar de los primeros hombres invisibles, sin embargo para volverse invisible recurre a un extraño y curioso científico que se encuentra trabajando en el tema (uno de los mejores elementos de la película, un estupendo John Carradine)...

Curiosamente el actor pasa de ser un heroe invisible en la pelicula anterior a tratarse de un villano que se vuelve loco por el uso de la droga (algo que tambien vuelve a los origenes de la serie)

La pelicula es entretenida, pero la trama se aprecia algo agotada junto a una resolución excesivamente repentina para lo compleja que es...

Una pelicula final que cierra la serie, con claros signos de agotamiento
½ June 13, 2005
Jon Hall plays the invisible man again, but he's a different invisible man than he was the last time. Like The Invisible Woman, this doesn't appear to be directly related to the rest of the series, but it is closer, and it is the only film since the first one that fits into the horror category. The invisible man is named Griffin but is apparently unrelated to the family from the other films in the series. Also, the means of invisibility is a drug, but it is invented by a different scientist, and Griffin is simply the guinea pig... a guinea pig who decides to take advantage of his new invisible state. This time it isn't the drug that causes madness, Griffin is already crazy when the movie starts, and it's a good twenty minutes until he becomes invisible.
Robert Griffin has just returned to London. At some point he was in Africa. Whether that's where he's coming from is debatable, but wherever he's coming from he's just recently killed three people while escaping from a mental institution. He's in London to call on some old friends and collect his half of the profits from an expedition they collaborated on in Africa. Unfortunately, they thought he had died on that expedition, and have lost all the money, including his half. Unfortunately for them, he believes that the reason they were so sure that he was dead is that they tried to murder him. They pretend to be reasonable but seem to be just stallling, which of course doesn't work with Griffin since he refuses to be reasonable, so they throw him out and warn the police that a wanted fugitive is in the city. As luck would have it, Griffin stumbles on a local scientist who's invented an invisibility formula and has been anxious to try it on a human. Griffin volunteers, then skips out on his new friend to use his new power to torment his old friends. Things go his way until he needs to be restored to a visible state and discovers the only antidote, a temporary one at that, is human blood. A full body's worth. Of course a madman wouldn't let a little thing like that stop him, now would he? What kind of madman would he be if he did? All the other madmen would laugh at him and call him names. And do you think they'd let him join in any of their madman games? No, they wouldn't.
The Invisible Man series finally gets back to what made the first film great, and finishes in style. Jon Hall is better as a villain than as a pompous hero, and Evelyn Ankers is her usual self, but John Carradine is what makes this really worthwhile. If only all of Universal's monster series could have ended this strongly rather than being run into the ground.
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