The first trailer for Universal and Blumhouse’s updated take on the classic monster movie character “The Invisible Man” has appeared from the shadows.
Elisabeth Moss stars in the film as a woman who leaves her violent and abusive husband, only to fear she’s haunted by his presence after he kills himself. She soon discovers however that he’s found a way to make himself invisible and will do everything he can to torture her, all while everyone around her thinks she’s gone mad.
“He was a sociopath. Completely in control of everything. He said that wherever I went, he would find me. Walk right up to me, and I wouldn’t be able to see him,” Moss says in the trailer. “Someone’s sitting in that chair.”
Oliver Jackson-Cohen of Netflix’s “The Haunting of Hill House” stars as the title character “The Invisible Man,” taking over for Johnny Depp in the role after the film was revamped. The movie was originally meant to be part of Universal’s “Dark Universe,” which would’ve united all of the classic Universal monster movie characters like Dracula, the Wolf Man and Bride of Frankenstein. The franchise would’ve kicked off with “The Mummy” starring Tom Cruise and that also featured Russell Crowe as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
This first look at “The Invisible Man” though suggests a good, old fashioned horror movie in the way that Blumhouse knows how to do best. Harriet Dyer, Aldis Hodge and Storm Reid co-star in the film that’s directed and written by Leigh Whannell, adapting the character and story from H.G. Wells’ original novel.
“The Invisible Man” opens in theaters on Feb. 28, 2020. Watch the new trailer above.
All 44 Stephen King Movies, Ranked Worst to Best (Photos)
Where does “Doctor Sleep” place among the many big-screen adaptations of the horror master’s work?
Stephen King isn't just an author by this point: He's an institution, a legacy of classic horror stories that capture our imaginations, fuel our nightmares, and speak -- when he's at his best -- to our shared experiences as flawed, emotional beings. The best King stories scare so many of us that we all feel connected, and even the worst are usually pretty fun.
King's books and short stories quickly became hit movies, many of them celebrated in their time, and some flopped so hard that hardly anybody remembers them. Cataloguing every adaptation might be a fool's errand, so we made some tough choices and decided to focus only on his theatrical releases.
And even then, there are so many King adaptations that it gets tricky. The sequels to King's work rarely have anything to do with the source material, so they're all disqualified (even though some, like Larry Cohen's prescient anti-fascist monster drama "A Return to Salem's Lot," are genuinely interesting). We also cut King some slack and removed "The Lawnmower Man" from our watch list, since he fought to have his own name removed from the film and won.
(There are also some adaptations that are simply difficult to find in America, like the Indian adaptions of "Misery" and "Quitter's, Inc." -- "Julie Ganapathi" and "No Smoking" -- but we tried. We promise we tried.)
Even with all those caveats we felt one particular film deserved a quasi-official, honorable mention. Before we rank into every theatrically-released Stephen King adaptation let's give out one honorable mention...