The Invisible Man…again? Yes, it’s time to milk the cash cow one more time to which I can only respond “For the love of all things sinister, not every horror film needs endless sequels.” [Paranormal Activity and Friday the 13th come to mind!] This time out John Carradine plays a not-so-mad scientist who ends up testing his formula for invisibility on an Robert Griffin, who just escaped a mental institution. [I know, I hear the groans already!] Carradine’s performance is rather flat in this role but he has very little to work with. The good news is that John Hall has improved since his last appearance as the invisible man in Invisible Agent (1942). Griffin is a better character for Hall who is able to convey a larger range of emotions.
My personal favorite cast member in this movie is Grey Shadow, the dog. When the fire breaks out in the laboratory, I worried he would meet his demise but Grey Shadow escapes and becomes the hero at the end of the film. Good puppy!
I just can’t get too excited about this movie. We have yet another director, Ford Beebe, who has no horror credits attached to his name and another screenwriter, Bertram Millhauser, who falls in the same category. Both of them have more experience with action/adventure films and it shows. When will the insanity end? In 1951 with Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man which is actually a much better film than most of the sequels reviewed on this blog.
The Invisible Man’s Revenge is not a bad film. It’s just that the subject matter has been done to death and it has lost it potency. This film needs more horror elements in it to strengthen its dark side.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.