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  • Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man

    Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man

    ★★★

    Funnier than Invisible Woman, this is a pretty good movie. While on first viewing I liked ...Meet the Mummy best, I think Meet Frankenstein is probably the best and this second. It’s yet another Griffin and another guy trying to clear his name. While I don’t find the Abbott and Costello movies that funny they are fun and this one is more of the same. I don’t know why Lou’s legs are on backwards at the end.

  • The Witches

    The Witches

    ★★★½

    Is this the earliest example of folk horror? It’s definitely closer to Blood on Satan’s Claw than City of the Dead. 

    Anyway the ending is really pretty silly and I don’t get what the stuff in Africa has to do with anything - the teacher’s breakdown could have been about anything and it’s not like it affected her credibility in the main narrative at all, which is probably why that stuff was in the book. Don’t know. Would love to read that book though.

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  • The Invisible Woman

    The Invisible Woman

    ★★

    This non-sequel (honestly it’d double bill with She-Wolf of London as female led, not really part of the series spin offs) has problems. Its hard for me to put my finger on - its views on women are not, to my eyes, hugely problematic for 1940s standards - sure she falls in love with a guy but honestly I don’t think that’s a bad thing. It’s pro-women stuff - like our title lady volunteering for an invisibility experiment to get…

  • The Invisible Man Returns

    The Invisible Man Returns

    ★★★

    I was a little let down. Props to the producers for not doing a total retread - the Invisible Man this time has to solve a mystery and is more sympathetic. It is none the less also a sequel with the same clock ticking down to madness, same invisible prankery (this eventually de-evolved into the revolting rape in Paul Verhoeven’s Hollow Man), same final reveal scene, and same broad comedy. As much as I love Vincent Price, he didn’t quite…