From the eerie trailers we’ve been gifted so far, upcoming psychological thriller The Invisible Man, from the brilliant mind of Australian director Leigh Whannell (Saw, Insidious, Upgrade), is bound to have cinema goers on the edge of their seats.
Whannell is a genius when it comes to making you question everything you see, and The Invisible Man is gearing up to be one of his most terrifying offerings yet, as evident by the film’s official synopsis:
Trapped in a violent, controlling relationship with a wealthy and brilliant scientist, Cecilia Kass (Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ and ‘Us’ fame) 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’) dies by 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.
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter last year, Moss said the flick was “a little bit of a different take on [The Invisible Man].
“Part of the reason why I wanted to do it is I actually felt like it was a really feminist story of female empowerment and a victim kind of overcoming something,” she said.
Not only does The Invisible Man boast a stellar cast and director, but it was produced by modern-day horror icon Jason Blum and his production company, Blumhouse Productions.
The cross-studio collaboration between Blumhouse Productions and Universal Studios is sure to lead to an interesting spin on an old tale, injecting new life into the monster movies of old and turning them into modern and relatable renditions.
As with every recreation of classic stories, there is always a level of uncertainty, but with the direction being taken the film is something that represents a very real depiction of what happens in today’s society, making it even scarier than your traditional monster film. It’s shaping up to be a must-see for smart thriller fans.
The Invisible Man is in cinemas February 27.