Happy October and welcome! All 31 days this month, I will be reviewing all the films I watch in the month of October. They’re mostly a selection of horror or suspense films in my own library or films and shows that have been recommended to me.
Please enjoy and leave a comment!
And if you missed any of our past reflections, take a look:
The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
The Haunting (1963)
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)
The Other (1972)
The Legend of Hell House (1973)
Young Frankenstein (1974)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
The Shining (1980)
Halloween II (1981)
The Evil Dead (1981)
Halloween III – Season of the Witch (1982)
Teen Wolf (1985)
Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
The Monster Squad (1987)
The Witches of Eastwick (1987)
The Lost Boys (1987)
Evil Dead II: Dead By Dawn (1987)
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)
They Live (1988)
Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)
Ghostbusters II (1989)
Predator 2 (1990)
The Addams Family (1991)
Alien 3 (1992)
Army of Darkness (1992)
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
The Crow (1994)
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)
From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
Alien: Resurrection (1997)
Scream 2 (1997)
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)
The Sixth Sense (1999)
What Lies Beneath (2000)
Scream 3 (2000)
28 Days Later (2002)
Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)
The Ring (2002)
Halloween: Resurrection (2002)
AVP: Alien vs Predator (2004)
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Snakes on a Plane (2006)
Alien vs Predator: Requiem (2007)
Halloween II (2009)
The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
Escape From Tomorrow (2013)
Before I Wake (2016)
Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016)
Alien: Covenant (2017)
Happy Death Day (2017)
Get Out (2017)
Gerald’s Game (2017)
The Predator (2018)
The Haunting of Hill House (2018)
A Quiet Place (2018)
Happy Death Day 2U (2019)
Ready or Not (2019)
Doctor Sleep (2019)
Our next film is…
WATCHING: The Invisible Man (2020)
DIRECTOR: Leigh Wannell who, after writing a bunch of Saw and Insidious films, made the awesome Upgrade and then this film.
WHAT IS IT?: An update of H.G. Wells’ classic The Invisible Man.
THE PLOT: Cecilia Kass (Elizabeth Moss) is in a toxic and abusive relationship with her boyfriend, Adrian Griffin (Oliver Jackson-Cohen). One night, after drugging Adrian, she decides to run from him completely, something not easily done since Griffin has cameras everywhere in the house. After succeeding in her escape, she finds out that Adrian has died of an apparent suicide, something which further rocks her to her core.
She soon finds out through Adrian’s brother, Tom (Michael Dorman), that Adrian left her a vast sum of cash, which Cecilia uses to better her life as well as the life of her friend’s daughter Syndey (Storm Reid). At first, Cecilia begins to believe things have gone back to normal — but she quickly finds out that Adrian isn’t really dead after all and that he has no intention of allowing her to move on with her life.
WHAT DID CRITICS THINK?: Critics dug the fact that the film was updated for the #MeToo movement and that the story was reworked to show what a woman feels like while being abused.
WHAT DID I THINK?: The Invisible Man is preachy and heavy-handed as well — but that isn’t to say that I didn’t enjoy what I saw.
I like the concept.
Obviously, a bunch of Erlenmeyer Flasks and Bunsen Burners aren’t going to to work in 2020. We live in an advanced society and the feeling of being watched is something which is prevalent in today’s society, so the “optical suit” which The Invisible Man wears is a really cool idea.
The biggest issue I have is the overall plot which, while excusing the fact that it features a suit which renders its wearer invisible, is preposterous at best.
The main villain is somebody the film hardly allows us to get to know and the film seems to dump everything Adrian does on to his brother, Tom, which feels cheap, thereby weakening the final moments of the film’s shocking climax and resolution. Additionally, reducing the villain to a stereotype without much flesh or blood doesn’t exactly work.
That said, Elizabeth Moss is outstanding in this film as Cecilia. She channels a lot of “June” from The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu and pulls off an epic performance.
So, while I enjoyed the film, I take issue with the film for spending too much time attempting to pull off the execution of the main parable — especially when it means that all other logic and sensibility the film was designed to have goes out the window.