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‘The Invisible Man’: The Horror News Network Review

With the Coronavirus shutting down movie theaters and debilitating the box office, Universal and Blumhouse have decided to bring The Invisible Man into people’s homes via VOD. The film, which premiered in theaters February 28th of this year, raked in $29 million in its first weekend. While many fans, including myself, dread remakes, The Invisible Man is a very well-done update of Universal’s iconic 1933 film.

Starring Elisabeth Moss as Cecilia, the film centers around an abused woman who escapes her controlling husband, Adrian, played by Oliver Jackson-Cohen, only to find out he committed suicide shortly after, or has he? Needless to say, he does find his way back to her, and in the most menacing ways. The film plays on the eeriness that the invisible killer could be anywhere.  Besides the bloodshed, one of the stronger, more gut-wrenching aspects of The Invisible Man is the emotional torture. Whether Adrian is hacking her email, or drugging her, this “invisible” emotional abuse is just as shocking as his more brutal acts. read more

Universal to Release ‘The Invisible Man’ and ‘The Hunt’ to Video On Demand on Friday March 20

Just in case you have some free time on your hands and didn’t get out to the theater to see Universal Studios The Invisible Man or The Hunt, both movies will be made available for home viewing on Friday March 20.

According to Deadline, “In an unprecedented crunch of the theatrical window as several markets across the U.S. close down in response to safety from the coronavirus as well as worldwide, NBCUniversal’s Universal Pictures is officially making their current movies in cinematic release –Blumhouse’s The Invisible Man and The Hunt, and Focus Features’ Emma– available in homes as early as this Friday for on-demand 48-hour rental at the suggested price of $19.99.” read more

‘The Invisible Man’ Holds Well for Second Place at Weekend Box Office

After weeks of “one and done” horror debuts this season, The Invisible Man actually continued its strong run at the box office, finishing in second place for the weekend with an estimated $15 million in ticket sales.

Leigh Whannell’s take on the Universal Monster classic dropped an expected 57% from last weekend’s totals, ending with a $52 million domestic sum so far.  The Invisible Man also played well throughout the week and overseas, where it has generated more than $45 million bringing its worldwide total close to the lofty $100 million mark (which it is all but guaranteed to shatter next weekend). The Invisible Man has performed strongly in the United Kingdom, France, and Germany, regions synonymous with the classic Universal cannon. read more

‘The Invisible Man’ Appears to Grab the Top Spot at Weekend Box Office

Although this week’s box office headline may surprise you, be assured that no words such as “disappointment”, “disaster”, or “bomb” have been erased by the horrorvirus that has impacted this year’s box office.  Believe your eyes; The Invisible Man is actually a hit!  Leigh Whannel’s The Invisible Man easily defeated the competition this week, earning an estimated $29 million at the box office, outstripping generous estimates and predictions. read more

Often-Delayed ‘Brahms: The Boy 2’ Delivers Lowest Horror Opening of 2020

In what has been a dismal season for the financial prospect of horror films, Brahms: The Boy 2 established a new low at the box office, opening with an estimated $6 million in its first weekend of release.

The often-delayed and rescheduled sequel to 2016’s The Boy earned another low number from Cinemascore pollsters with a C- average (in contract to the original, which scored a B-).  Critics gave Brahms a paltry 11% on Rotten Tomatoes (and the current audience score on Rotten Tomatoes sits at 41%).  The original fared relatively better, with a score of 30% on the all-powerful review site. read more

‘The Invisible Man’ Gets R-Rating

As if we didn’t see it coming, Universal’s latest monster flick The Invisible Man has been given an R-Rating by the Motion Picture Association of America.

The projected rating is for “some strong bloody violence and language.”

The film’s premise straight from Universal Pictures follows Cecilia Kass (Elisabeth Moss) who is trapped in a violent, controlling relationship with a wealthy and brilliant scientist. She 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. read more

Horror News Network’s Winter 2020 Movie Preview

After a lackluster fall, it appears that the offerings for horror fans in the coldest months of the year will be more robust with eight films being released in the genre over the course of two months.  As usual, the choices range from recognizable re-makes (The Grudge), long-delayed releases (The Turning, Brahms: The Boy II), and some odd horror re-imaginings (Gretel and Hansel, Fantasy Island).

The Grudge (January 3):  The Sam Raimi produced remake of 2004’s The Grudge (based on 2002’s Japanese import Ju-On) arrives almost six months later than its originally scheduled June of 2019 release date.   The fact that The Grudge moved from the busy summer season to the first weekend of the new year could raise some red flags, but Sony may also have made a shrewd decision to go after a horror audience that didn’t get much attention in the fall.  Sony may also be hoping for a similar outcome to last year’s Escape Room, which surprised the industry with a strong showing at the box office (making almost $100 million world wide) which was also released in the first weekend in January. read more

Universal In Talks With Elisabeth Moss for ‘The Invisible Man’

While there may no longer be hope for the Dark Universe, the standalone movies continue on full-steam ahead.  In an exclusive update, Variety is reporting that Elisabeth Moss will star in the re-imagining of the Universal Studios classic monster story The Invisible Man (with an assist from Blumhouse Productions.)  Man (based on the 1897 H.G. Wells novel) was initially slated to be part of Universal’s “Dark Universe”, a series of interconnected films that would reunite all of the original “Universal Monster” characters into a single cinematic universe.  However, the box office failure of the Tom Cruise-led reboot of The Mummy in 2017 forced the studio to rethink its plans altogether and to seek a different route to bring back Dracula, Bride of Frankenstein, and all of the beloved horror icons. read more

Universal Monsters to Return to the Silver Screen with Leigh Whannell, Blumhouse ‘The Invisible Man’ Film

On May 8th, 2017, I stood up on my Horror News Network soapbox and declared that, “Universal Monsters Fans Deserve Their Very Own La La Land.” In my article, I recapped the various factors which made La La Land such a tremendous success, and dreamed of a world where the same level of respect and considerations were given to the classic Universal Monsters we all love so dearly:

“…the formula kind of makes sense, right? Find a young writer/director who is passionate about the history of film but has an eye for contemporary conventions, and- voila!- you have a movie that resonates with fans and critics alike! read more

The Mummy to Kick Off Universal’s Dark Universe Franchise

To a new world of gods and monsters…..and now to a new cinematic universe as well.  In an effort to replicate the success of DC and Marvel, Universal Pictures has branded a name to the upcoming round of reboots and relaunches to its monster movie franchise:  Dark Universe.  The much-anticipated series of films, which begins on June 9th with the release of The Mummy starring Tom Cruise, will include updates of all classic monsters in the Universal stable including Frankenstein’s monster, the Mummy, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and the Invisible Man among others.  The second film in the Dark Universe will be Bride of Frankenstein (directed by Bill Condon), with an expected release date of February 14, 2019. read more