As of late, a number of horror filmmakers have been plumbing the public domain depths to graft slasher movie tropes onto beloved childhood characters - Winnie the Pooh, Cinderella, Bambi, you name it - but today we're pleased to report that someone's chosen to go a different direction with the process: a brand-new, apparently straightforward riff on H.G. Wells' The Invisible Man.
Paul Dudbridge's Fear the Invisible Man avoids a modern retelling of the tale (which is wise, given how well Leigh Whannell nailed that take a few years ago), taking the action back to the late Victorian Era to tell the following tale:
“A young British widow shelters an old medical school colleague, a man who has somehow turned himself invisible. As his isolation grows and his sanity frays, he schemes to create a reign of wanton murder and terror across the city.”
Let's take a look at the recently-released trailer!
Hey, that looks pretty good! Obviously, Fear the Invisible Man's not working with a massive budget, but the effects on display in this trailer are certainly a cut above a number of other horror films we could name (this is doubly impressive given that Dudbridge's film is a period piece; those aren't cheap, and if this story had gone in a more modern direction that would've freed up quite a bit of cash for even bigger VFX), and the performances seem solid.
Fear the Invisible Man will hit Digital, VOD and DVD on June 13th. We're suckers for a classic monster movie, so we'll certainly be checking it out. How 'bout you?