'The Invisible Man' first reactions dub Leigh Whannell a 'full blown master of horror'

Tom Beasley
Elisabeth Moss stars in the new take on 'The Invisible Man'. (Credit: Universal)

The first reactions to director Leigh Whannell’s new take on The Invisible Man are lauding the filmmaker as a “full blown master of horror”.

Some critics in the USA have had the chance to catch an early preview of the movie and, according to them, it’s “incredible” and “a masterclass in tension and terror”.

Inspired by H.G. Wells’ 1897 novel and its 1933 film adaptation starring Claude Rains, the movie reboots the title character in a modern context focusing on issues relevant to today.

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Elisabeth Moss plays a woman who stands to inherit a lot of money following the apparent suicide of her abusive husband, portrayed by The Haunting of Hill House star Oliver Jackson-Cohen.

She begins to believe that her husband faked his demise and has used his skills as a scientist to make himself invisible in order to torment her even in “death”.

If the early buzz is to be believed, Upgrade director and Saw co-creator Whannell has produced something truly special.

The project emerged from the ashes of the Dark Universe, which aimed to bring all of the classic Universal Monsters together into an enormous shared cinematic franchise, starting with the 2017 update of The Mummy.

Johnny Depp had signed on to portray the Invisible Man in that universe.

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The box office struggles of The Mummy put the brakes on the ambitious plans for the Dark Universe, with numerous ongoing projects shelved by Universal.

Despite the star power of Tom Cruise, The Mummy only managed a solid but unimpressive $409m (£313m) from a hefty budget of $125m (£96m) and was savaged by critics.

Russell Crowe, Javier Bardem, Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp and Sofia Boutella joined the Dark Universe in 2017. (Credit: Universal)

Whannell’s The Invisible Man is the first project to get off the ground since the Dark Universe collapsed.

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However, the long-mooted Brides of Frankenstein looks like it might be creaking into life and Dexter Fletcher is working on a movie based around Dracula’s henchman.

The Invisible Man is in UK cinemas from 28 February.