Legend says that Antonio Bay was built in 1880 with blood money obtained from shipwrecked lepers, which no one believes. On the eve of the town's centennial, many plan to attend the celebrations, including the murdered lepers.
Jamie Lee Curtis,
Nick Halloway is accidentally made invisible during an accident. When Jenkins finds out about Nick, he set out to recruit him into the world of espionage, seeing the potential for an invisible CIA agent. When Alice Monroe falls in love with Nick, they are forced to flee the attentions of Jenkins. Nick also has the problem of living invisibly whilst trying to find a cure. Written by
The title was not prefixed by the words "John Carpenter's", which had been the Director's practice for some time. Carpenter withdrew his next-to-the-title credit of co-titling the film with his name as "John Carpenter's" because Carpenter knew Warner Brothers would not agree to it. According to the story "John Carpenter: Prince of Darkness" by Bill Chambers at Film Freak Central, Warner Brothers would not allow Carpenter full artistic control, Carpenter saying that the studio "is in the business of making audience-friendly, non-challenging movies." See more »
An invisible man would be blind, the only way to see is for light to reflect off the back of the retina. If the retina is invisible the light would pass through. See more »
Over the first minute or so of the end credits we see Nick skiing in snowy mountains, his head and face covered with a hat, goggles and scarf. He comes to a stop outside a large cabin. Alice comes out, evidently pregnant. Nick lifts his goggles and pulls the scarf down from around his face, but of course he is still invisible. Alice kisses him, and takes his gloved hand and holds it to her belly, so he can feel the baby kicking... See more »
This John Carpenter movie is actually a really good spin on the entire invisible man concept. Chevy Chase is a little too large of a man to pull off the invisible man role. He does do physical comedy well and is okay at drama here. Unfortunately, he's not at his "Fletch" level in the movie either; something I'm sure everyone expected to happen, because there's his completely unnecessary voice-over/narration. Basically, this seems to be a casting mistake, and a part probably intended for a non-comedic actor?
The fx are excellent, as we see an invisible man see himself eat, then vomit; he smokes and we see a very short but stunning effect. And the building where it all began is quite a feat of computer and chroma-key engineering. There are a lot of fx here that predate every fx the stinkfest "Hollow Man" gave us 8 years later. The chase (pun not intended) and "Fugitive"-like story is hardly original, though Carpenter does move things along for the most part. The very last scene during the closing credits doesn't lend credence to the semi-serious tone which preceded it.
Although "Memoirs--" is no classic, this invisible man movie is far superior to the aforementioned dog "Hollow Man". And at least it has a friggin' point.
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