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½ June 4, 2015
I consider The Invisible Ray something worthy, even though it's basically a low-budget nothing. The reason I feel that way is because it actually gave Bela Lugosi something to do other than be a creepy figure. He actually has a role that doesn't require him to be Dracula-like, which was how he was used most of the time. Boris Karloff is great in his role as well, but Lugosi is really the reason to watch this movie. The plot isn't that great, but it gets the job. It's not an overlooked movie by any means, but any movie that shines a little more light on Lugosi as an actor is great in my book.
½ May 31, 2015
Boris Karloff's first film after "Frankenstein" is as a mad scientist (his first in many such roles). This is the third and last time he teams with Bela Lugosi for Universal; they ended up co-starring in seven films. The film ran into shooting problems when original director Stuart Walker took a powder; he was replaced by Lambert Hillyer. It's briskly paced, well-acted, features imaginative black and white camerawork from George Robinson and a wonderful nonsensical script from John Colton. It's based on a story by Howard Higgin & Douglas Hodges. 
January 22, 2015
loast teaming of Karloff& lugosi
November 9, 2014
Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi teamed up again for Universal in this science fiction film (it is actually not really a horror film, despite it's two leads). Karloff plays a scientist who has invented a heat ray (and some kind of looking back in time device), who travels to Africa to search for something he had seen crash on Earth eons ago in his little past device. But while in Africa he starts to glow due to exposure to radium...and goes mad as a result. It is a fairly solid science fiction movie of its time, with a few elements of horror, as is to be expected of Universal in this time period. Decent, but not terrific.
October 23, 2013
Dr. Janos Rukh (Boris Karloff) is an unorthodox scientist who discovers an African meteor containing an alien element. His colleague (Bela Lugosi) harnesses this element for the good of mankind, but the radiation gives Rukh a poisonous touch, an inhuman glow, and a diseased mind. These factors turn into a killing spree when Rukh's perpetually-ignored wife (Frances Drake) abandons him. The Invisible Ray isn't exactly a masterpiece, but it's worth checking out if one likes the Universal horror films of the 1930's. However, if one is new to Karloff/Lugosi pairings, I'd recommend the far superior Black Cat.
½ August 26, 2013
Original, but stupid. Also, the racism in the Africa scenes is ugly to watch. Admittedly, there are some fun scenes and nifty sets, and it's always good to see Lugosi and Karloff together.
July 1, 2013
A good solid B moviie
January 23, 2013
Why isn't Maria Ouspenskaya's name on the cast list? She played Janos's (Karloff) mother ("Yan-noosh, my son"). The Karloff character in this film and his ray reminds me for some reason of Nicola Tesla who reportedly was into something similar in real life. I saw this film many years ago but remember it as holding my attention and fascinating me with it's pseudo-science; sets and period capture.
½ November 14, 2012
A rather entertaining Karloff/Lugosi sci-fi vehicle....
April 16, 2012
There's Nothing Invisible About The High Quality Of This Film!!
April 7, 2012
This tale which begins as a pure Sci-Fi story ends as a Mad Scientist bent on killing those who he thinks wronged him story. Yes, it was the discovery of Radium X which drove poor Dr. Janos Rukh (Boris Karloff) mad. Enough Radium X will make you glow as Karloff did. Bela Lugosi ( as Dr. Felix Benet) is relegated to a side character here as we follow Janos on his journeys through Africa and Paris, seeking the secrets of Radium X, which is actually part of a crashed meteor from deep space that is millions of years old. The science in the film is extremely wonky and at times feels ridiculous. Some of the tech/medical/scientific jargon is actually kind of funny. Of course there is a torrid love affair here with Dr. Janos' Wife, Diana (Frances Drake) falling for someone a little closer to her age. This fact and the Radium X poisoning sends Janos over the edge and the film becomes the hunt for the "mad scientist killer". The film in all is a bit multi-directional as it tries to be a Sci-Fi and Horror film in one. As always it's great to have Lugosi and Karloff together but I'm afraid here it is quite benign. The person responsible for giving Karloff a curly afro and a heavy suit in tropical Africa needed to be slapped. This is a forgettable little romp that does have some fun Sci-Fi value to it. "The Invisible Ray" is a crap title. Why not "Radium X" or "The Glowing Scientist"? Put this one in the "just OK" category.
April 1, 2012
This tale which begins as a pure Sci-Fi story ends as a Mad Scientist bent on killing those who he thinks wronged him story. Yes, it was the discovery of Radium X which drove poor Dr. Janos Rukh (Boris Karloff) mad. Enough Radium X will make you glow as Karloff did. Bela Lugosi ( as Dr. Felix Benet) is relegated to a side character here as we follow Janos on his journeys through Africa and Paris, seeking the secrets of Radium X, which is actually part of a crashed meteor from deep space that is millions of years old. The science in the film is extremely wonky and at times feels ridiculous. Some of the tech/medical/scientific jargon is actually kind of funny. Of course there is a torrid love affair here with Dr. Janos' Wife, Diana (Frances Drake) falling for someone a little closer to her age. This fact and the Radium X poisoning sends Janos over the edge and the film becomes the hunt for the "mad scientist killer". The film in all is a bit multi-directional as it tries to be a Sci-Fi and Horror film in one. As always it's great to have Lugosi and Karloff together but I'm afraid here it is quite benign. The person responsible for giving Karloff a curly afro and a heavy suit in tropical Africa needed to be slapped. This is a forgettable little romp that does have some fun Sci-Fi value to it. "The Invisible Ray" is a crap title. Why not "Radium X" or "The Glowing Scientist"? Put this one in the "just OK" category.
December 29, 2011
Pedestrian effort from Universal; Karloff and Lugosi seem thoroughly disinterested, and even the production design - usually a dependably-excellent element in these films - is uninspired. The story is ridiculous and hokey, but rather than embracing that and really going over-the-top, the film takes itself far too seriously to have any fun with its premise.
December 10, 2011
Recommended by Paul M.
October 31, 2011
Bela Lugosi was great as Karloff's sidekick in this film.
October 26, 2011
Another great Universal classic with Karloff playing an incredible fronting role! Of the several Karloff and Lugosi combination films this probably takes the top spot for me! The "science-y"portion of the film presents a rather strange set of ideas, but overall it's an interesting watch... However I'll never understand how no-one ever managed to discover where the meteor crashed until Dr Janos Rukh got involved!
½ September 3, 2011
Dated and too long at even 80mins. The "science" in the film is amusingly silly but this is turgidly paced.
June 26, 2011
Weakest of the three Universal 30s Karloff/Lugosi team ups (this time with sci-fi trappings) which nevertheless has plenty to recommend itself. Lugosi and Karloff never looked so good, and get plenty of screentime, alone and together, while the film boasts very solid production, storyline and special effects. On the negative side it pretty much avoids the suspense of the first two killings, the second one only reported by a news paper headline. While nowhere near the Gothic expressionism ofFrankenstein, nor the elegant suspense of "The Black Cat", Lambert Hillyer's film is definitely a minor classic amongst Universal Pictures' catalog of genre movies.
June 17, 2011
Kooky, enjoyably cornball sci-fi flick with horror overtones features Karloff as a mad scientist hoping to harness a heat ray to save mankind. Then he's zapped by it, glows and kills anyone he touches. Lugosi is more a friendly rival in this one. Back when sci-fi had no real scientific basis, this one is good ludicrous fun.
Super Reviewer
January 30, 2011
An OK movie but I really didn't start getting into it until Karloff started suffering from the effects of the radiation poisoning
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