Preview: The Invisible Man Marketing to #MeToo Crowd, But Should It?


Another day, and another classic sci-fi horror property has possibly been butchered in order to fit in modern politics, at least the early marketing seems to indicate as much. The Invisible Man comes out today, and is already enjoying the modern “marketing” from progressive websites who may be preparing for another potential financial disaster for Universal Pictures. Buzzfeed is praising this film for its exposure of “toxic men being held accountable more than ever…”



Directed by Leigh Whannell, who is linked to modern horror films like Saw and Insidious, this reboot of H.G Wells’ original story promises to have all the hallmarks of another #MeToo era story. Whannell calls Elisabeth Moss his “partner in crime” who gave “significant feedback on the script.” But is the film just a straight up horror movie being saddled with progressive marketing, or is that really the theme of the film?



“I obviously saw her as the authority on the woman’s point of view,” Whannell said in an interview with Buzzfeed, declaring that receiving the “stamp of approval from Moss allowed him to  “sleep at night when I was making this film and not feel like an imposter telling a story that I wasn’t qualified to tell.”


That’s an odd statement for any director.


This film began development back in 2007 and was planned to be a part of Universal’s shared Dark Universe. But with 2017’s The Mummy financial and critical failure, the studio was apparently forced to go back to the drawing board. So this story was changed from following the classic version to a modern take that depicts instances of “gaslighting.” And to represent this story as “authentically” as possible, Whannell spoke to counselors at domestic violence shelters for women, in addition of conversations with Moss, and with conversations with his friends.  


Horror films are a great way to depict the worst sides of humanity, and a way to safety scratch at our inner fears. But if the giant spoilers within the Buzzfeed article are accurate, then this new version of the Invisible Man sounds like another way to show how terrible men are. Corporations can take a long time in catching up to modern political climates, and the release of this movie in this era is probably going to be similar to such classics as Terminator: Dark Fate, Charlies’ Angels, and Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey. Additionally, there’s been little to no marketing for Invisible Man in my circles of influence. In fact, the only way I heard about it was from a ‘normie’ friend who is thinking about going to see the movie about “ghosts and domestic violence” over the weekend.



The final nail in the progressive coffin are the early positive critic scores who praised Moss’ performance and the focus on the “smart narrative about how women can be manipulated and abused in harmful relationships.” With little more information to go on than what’s been publicly made available in these types of reviews, it is hard for me to judge this movie on its merit. Instead, we are forced to judge it based on past progressive performances that took similar stands just before their releases. 




I suppose I could pay to go see it, but it is precisely because of past behavior from progressive propaganda that’s convinced me to stay home more often than not these days. Going to the movies is getting more and more expensive, especially if you want to make an evening of it with others. I would rather spend that money on a board game or something else that I can enjoy with my friends at home, maybe watch the classic version of the film itself. There’s very little left in our literary history that has not been destroyed in his manner, what’s one more book in the fire pit.



The Invisible Man - Official Trailer [HD]


Are you going to see this film? Why or why not? Let us know in the comments below, maybe if someone convinces me to go see this movie I may follow up with a proper review. 

Michael Gutierrez

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