"Although it remains axiomatic that Spielberg and Lucas should be condemned for using CGI to alter their own classic films,…
The Amazing Transparent Man
Invisible and Deadly!
An ex-major forces a scientist to develop a invisibility formula, with which he plans to create an invisible army and sell it to the highest bidder. However there are side effects to the formula.
Almost watchable but, ultimately, too hokey to be taken seriously, "The Amazing Transparent Man" combines nutty plot machinations involving invisible convicts, Nazi doctors, bank robbery, and nuclear bombs. A 1960s-centric take on the invisible man story, this is a low-rent, B-movie offers a cocktail of strange messages, questionable performances, and limited production values. The whole thing might be fun, but it loses its charm rather quickly.
How cliché, using a guinea pig for a guinea pig
A way below par "Invisible Man" Rip-off, updated with some questionable anti-communist subtext and - alas - without any of the predecessor's qualities. While the basic story is not all that bad, keeping the focus of the narrative conflict on loyalties between the parties involved in creating the "experiment" - the execution is just abysmal, mainly due to a sloppy direction and awful acting. The worst must be the main character (Douglas Kennedy), as he has neither the talent to pull off such a weird role (gangster turned invisible man) nor the humour to deliver a caricaturisation of it, like the "mad scientist" Ulof. Instead, Kennedy comes of as a phlegmatic, brutish and bad tempered, ultimately incredible dull, character. The…
Film 16 of "The December Challenge 2"
1st time watch
Obscure film (12)
I am a big fan of the original Universal monster film "The Invisible Man", and not that I expected this to be in that realm of quality, I simply hoped for something I would enjoy. Well I was pretty underwhelmed. So far this December my attempts to diversify my portfolio with films from 60's and earlier hasn't been the best so far.
This just didn't hit the mark with me. Nothing worked, the performances were pretty mediocre, the writing wasn't interesting, and it didn't look to well produced IMO. It seemed as though it was sloppily put together, more like they were just making a…
Pretty much blind to the flaws in a movie like this (it's from the guy who directed Detour for Christ's sake), but I think anyone with a taste for low budget thrillers would enjoy it. The most interesting thing to me is the intersection of science-fiction and a hard-boiled crime movie, which is not something you see too often.
But the story is pretty silly, and there are some weird quasi-literary conceits that kind of get in the way of the fun, like references to the Holocaust and some purple prose that I won't ruin through paraphrasing. If you want to see a cheap gangster movie about a guy who turns invisible though, I imagine this would be the title to turn to.
A mercifully brief (57 min.) crime-fi, that comes off like an Adventures of Superman episode minus Superman. Made in the same two week period as Ulmer's Beyond the Time Barrier, this one clearly got the short end of the stick in all departments. With a silly plot centering on a ray that makes the subject invisible, the whole thing is a setup for a thinly veiled anti-communist fifth column message on the dangers of an invisible army.
Despite the low production values typical of his oeuvre, director Edgar G. Ulmer combines a classic science fiction story with the conventions of a traditional film noir. The result isn’t a classic of either genre (unlike Ulmer’s noir masterpiece, Detour), but it’s nonetheless a decent sci-fi/crime film.
Just a fun, simple, little low budget 60's film.
Nothing special but like most black and white films, it had its charm.
What's the most efficient villain for a low-budget movie? An invisible man, of course! And this movie sure needs it. This film is so small-time, you're surprised that the cars start. In master shots galore, B-movie legend director Edgar G. Ulmer pounds out this story of an escaped convict who gets roped into a scheme to commit robberies with the help of a scientist's invisibility machine. It's a risky prospect. The machine is still in the experimental stage and the effects are a tad unpredictable. As soon as the characters figure out more, director Ulmer shares it with us, too—in yet another master shot. It's not very good, but it IS less than an hour long. I've had shouting matches with my girlfriend that have lasted longer than this movie. And I sure could have used that invisibility ray.
A minor sci-fi effort that only just kept my attention due to the look and feel that director Edgar Ulmer brought to his films. Ulmer first worked in the industry as set designer, making an impression with silent movies such as Metropolis and M. In the director's chair, Ulmer flittered across genres, but I am most familiar with his sci-fi and horror output... low-budget thrillers like The Black Cat and The Man From Planet X.
The Amazing Transparent Man is a bit clunky but I forgave that for the crisp, sometimes moody photography and the sort of fun sci-fi story. A robber is broken out of jail by people who would render him invisible so that he could single-handedly carry…
The movie Hollow Man wishes it could be
This film has nothing to do with Universal's 'The Invisible Man' film series. This is a completely different film with a completely different story. The only similarity is the idea of a scientist inventing invisibility and an invisible person - that's it.
This film does not have the same quality as any of the Universal classics nor do I think this film is better BUT it is a pretty neat sci-fi that is worth watching if you like the idea of invisibility or older sci-fi films. It has it's own charm - it's just not as good as the classic Universal "Invisible" films.
I liked this film: A 'mad' scientist invents invisibility and plans on using it to take over the world by creating a group of invisible zombies. A neat sci-fi idea that is fun to watch.
Full review: trashcity.org/BLITZ/BLIT2959.HTM
This is likely a case of a film being contaminated through association with MST3K. While certainly cheap, and limited in both scope and execution, it's more workmanlike than any kind of cinematic travesty, being technically sound. In terms of plot, it's actually quite an interesting mix of noiresque SF. The main criticism which could reasonably be levelled at this, is a cheerful lack of any scientific basis. But this isn't surprising, given it was made in 1960, when radiation was kinder, gentler and capable of doing anything from creating giant ants to improving your health.
How cliché, using a guinea pig for a guinea pig
A shameless ripoff of the Invisible Man that can't even be bothered to try and one up the older movie's special effects, or anything else for that matter. There's really not much here that is interesting or clever.
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