H. G. Wells’ The New Invisible Man (1957)

Article #53 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 5-8-2001
Posting date: 9-21-2001

A man framed for murder receives an injection that turns him invisible. He uses his power to escape and prove his innocence. Unfortunately, the drug causes madness, and…

First of all, I just love Mexican horror movies from the fifties and sixties. They were like bizarre remakes of Universal classics filtered through a very unique sensibility, and the results could be quite engaging. I’ve only seen one of these in its original language, and the dubbing is usually quite bad, but the charm manages to show through anyway.

Unfortunately, this is one of the lesser entries in the field. It borrows little from Wells and is hardly new, being essentially a remake of one of the Universal invisible man sequels. In fact, the concept of a man trying to use invisibility to prove his innocence seems a fairly common invisible man theme. This one doesn’t really add anything new to the idea, and is somewhat dull. This is not the place to start if embarking on a journey through Mexican horror.


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