For tonight’s excursion into the realms of the fantastic and downright questionable, we take you to the little-seen sequel to the Claude Rains-starring classic. That’s right, it’s Son of the Invisible Man, which features the most expensive special effects available at the time the film was created.
An ongoing attempt to make sense of the onslaught of new swag that people want you to buy. Should you? I’ll try and help.
You know what’s odd? From the three actors who make up the core of the Harry Potter films, I would never have thought Daniel Radcliffe would be the one who steps up the most and preps his post-Potter career. I know that sounds counterintuitive but, honestly, Potter acting-wise is given nothing interesting to do until Book 5. But Radcliffe is setting himself well: another step in that process is this BBC flick where he plays the son of Rudyard Kipling, who goes off to World War I in order to get away from his family. David Haig (who wrote the play) reprises his stage role as Kipling the father. This BBC Home Video release comes with an interview with Radcliffe, Haig, and Kim Cattrall as well as deleted scenes. Fans of Kipling will probably want to rent, as will fans of Radcliffe. (Click here to buy it from Amazon.)
Well, there were some things that I couldn’t find online which I would have loved to share with you. One obvious bit is the original Invisible Man, starring Claude Rains and directed by James Whale. It’s not posted, though. I can’t even find the trailer. Best I could do is this terrible quality trailer for the sequel, The Invisible Man Returns, starring Vincent Price as a friend of the brother of the original Invisible Man. Long story.
Update: Alas, no good version of the trailer exists online at present. If that changes, please someone let me know.
Anyway, you can find the full film on the most excellent Legacy Collection of The Invisible Man.