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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

‘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

New Trailer Revealed for ‘The invisible Man’

Universal Pictures has revealed a new trailer for their upcoming film The Invisible Man. The new preview highlights more suspense and action from this anticipated thriller.

Written and directed by Leigh Whannell, The Invisible Man stars Elisabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid, Harriet Dyer and Oliver Jackson-Cohen.

The film is described as:
Trapped in a violent, controlling relationship with a wealthy and brilliant scientist, Cecilia Kass (Moss) escapes in the dead of night and disappears into hiding, aided by her sister (Harriet Dyer, NBC’s The InBetween), their childhood friend (Aldis Hodge, Straight Outta Compton) and his teenage daughter (Storm Reid, HBO’s Euphoria). But when Cecilia’s abusive ex (Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House) 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

‘The Invisible Man’ Shines in Super Bowl Spot

If you are one of the millions that watched the Kansas City Chiefs triumph in Super Bowl 54, you may have caught a 30 second spot for The Invisible Man. Directed by Leigh Whannell, The Invisible Man stars Elisabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Aldis Hodge.

The film is described as:
Trapped in a violent, controlling relationship with a wealthy and brilliant scientist, Cecilia Kass (Moss) escapes in the dead of night and disappears into hiding, aided by her sister (Harriet Dyer, NBC’s The InBetween), their childhood friend (Aldis Hodge, Straight Outta Compton) and his teenage daughter (Storm Reid, HBO’s Euphoria). But when Cecilia’s abusive ex (Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House) 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

‘Invisible Man’ Trailer Now Visible

Fans of Universal Monsters may want to disappear after watching the first trailer for Leigh Whannell’s (SawInsidious) adaptation of the 1933 James Whale film, starring Claude Rains as the robe wearing mastermind.

Judging by the trailer, it appears that Blumhouse has gone the teen horror route with Invisible Man, veering as far away from the failed attempt at a new Universal Monsters franchise, 2017’s disastrous The Mummy.  Last January, Variety reported that  the new Universal Monsters films would succeed “By not mandating a unified, connected universe of monster stories, the studio will be able to open up the characters to filmmakers who will be inspired to create their own unique stories.” read more

Director Craig Zobel Responds to the Cancellation of ‘The Hunt’

Universal’s abrupt cancellation of their upcoming Blumhouse production, The Hunt, surprised many in the film industry, none more so than its director Craig Zobel

A week after the decision to cancel the film’s release, Zobel told Variety that “If I believed this film could incite violence, I wouldn’t have made it.  Our ambition was to poke at both sides of the aisle equally.  We seek to entertain and unify, not enrage and divide.  It is up to the viewers to decide what their takeaway will be.” read more

‘Creepshow’ Coming to Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood

Hot on the heels of Shudder’s upcoming Creepshow series, Universal Hollywood has just announced that the anthology scarefest will make its Halloween Horror Nights debut at this year’s event.

According to the official video, fans will “experience a horror comic book come to life!  Your host for this horrifying journey is The Creep, the skeletal namesake of the Creepshow comic book, who will lead you through five jolting tales of terror inspired by the classic 1982 horror anthology and the upcoming Shudder series from horror legend Greg Nicotero.  It’s the most fun you’ll ever have being scared!” read more

Universal Confirms Two More ‘Halloween’ Films

In a huge announcement for film fans the world over, Universal Studios has confirmed that we will be getting at least two more movies full of Michael Myers. Deadline has reported today that October 16th, 2020 is the official release date for Halloween Kills and October 15th, 2021 will be the date for Halloween Ends.

Jamie Lee Curtis will be back in the role of Laurie Strode while Danny McBride and David Gordon Green will be working on the script. Both films will be directed by Green and produced by Malek Akkad, Jason Blum and Bill Block. While John Carpenter is listed as an executive producer, there is no work yet on what other roles he will have in the next installments. read more

‘Ma’ Continues to Impress at Box Office; ‘Godzilla: King of The Monsters’ Flames Out

While Universal’s Ma won’t reach the financial heights of Godzilla: King of Monsters, when all is said and done this summer, the Octavia Spencer lead thriller may be the more profitable of the two films.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters fell into fourth place, dropping the entire length of a skyscraper (a -67.5% drop from last week) for an estimated $15.5 million in its second weekend.  For comparison’s sake, 2014’s relaunch dropped a similar amount, but it also made over $30 million during its second weekend of release.  This fact could hinder the sequel’s chance for $100 million in the domestic market which currently stands at $78.6 million. read more

‘Happy Death Day 2U’ Finishes Fifth at Weekend Box Office

While many predicted a better showing for Happy Death Day 2U, the film ended up in fifth place at the weekend box office with roughly $10 million in ticket sales ($13.5 since it was released on Wednesday).  This total is $16 million less than the original film made in its opening 3-day weekend frame back in 2017.

Every movie studio ended up being disappointed this weekend, as it was the worst three-day President’s Day weekend for ticket sales since 2004.  Chief among the underachievers was Alita: Battle Angel, whose lofty expectations never materialized (in first place with $36.5 million since Thursday), falling victim to the same inflated tracking numbers that sank The Lego Movie 2 last week (which finished second at the box office with $21.2 million).  While the turnout for all films this weekend was low, there may need to be less emphasis put on tracking and social media awareness for upcoming films, as both measures have proven to be wildly inaccurate in 2019 and have so far created unrealistic expectations for new releases this year. read more