The Invisible Man
(James Whale, 1933)
Viewed this courtesy of Svengoolie, who is a Chicago staple and longtime horror host. Rich Koz, the current Svengoolie, is extremely knowledgable about films, particularly the Universal horror movies from the 30s and 40s. Like Elvira, his jokes are completely lame, but it’s all in good fun and gives monster movies a forum.
There used to be many more hosts like Sven, but sadly, they’ve fallen out of favor, just like classic movies on network television. Although I was pretty young, I remember seeing commercials for Chiller Theater with Chilly Billy Cardille in Pittsburgh (notable for NOT wearing monster makeup), who actually appeared in the original Night of the Living Dead, shot in western PA. A bit of trivia: Cardille is the host that inspired Joe Flaherty’s character Count Floyd on SCTV.
Thanks to Sven, I finally caught up with James Whale’s horror classic. Claude Rains has the difficult task of acting undercover as well as doing voicework for his rarely seen madman. Yes, there’s some hokey stuff with things being knocked off tables and the like, but Rains makes it memorable, and Whale keeps it believable and truly chilling.
Breezy, entertaining monster flick that makes you ponder the notion of invisibility, especially in the middle of an all-day meeting with your boss.
Posted on August 26, 2008, in Film log, Nostalgia and tagged berrrrwyn!, chiller theater, chilly billy cardille, claude rains, invisible man, james whale, now you see him now you don't, svengoolie. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.