The Invisible Man: Underrated, Yet the Creepiest of all Monsters

I know, I know. you are a purist who loves Vampires through and through, or a Werewolf fan who believes they should always be called Lycanthropes as a symbol of their superiority, or you may just be a zombiephile and long for the day the apocalypse breaks out to prove your opinion they are the best. But you know what's a tad creepier and more maniacal than any of those three? The Invisible Man. Put your eyebrow back down. Let me state my case.

The Invisible Man, like Dracula and Frankenstein's Monster, was presented to the world in 1897 through a book. This particular book just happened to be written by none other than H.G. Wells (do The War of the WorldsThe Time Machine, and The Island of Doctor Moreau ring a bell?).

In the novella, Griffin, a scientist, invents a way for the body to reflect no lights, thus rendering the body invisible. He takes the serum and becomes The Invisible Man. The problem is, he is not able to reverse the experiment to change back. He is always invisible. Does this not bother anyone else?

Of course, he wears clothes and bandages to give him form, pus a fake nose. His current predicament makes him reclusive and curt. He spends hours trying to find a cure, but to no avail. His invisibility, of course, leads to thievery, fighting, attempted murder, devious plans (Reign of Terror),  but it does not prevent his inevitable demise.

His first film appearance was portrayed by Claude Rains in The Invisible Man (1933).

Personally, I hate the feeling someone is watching me, following me down the street (when no one is there), or the feeling of a prickle on the back of my neck in a breeze-less room. To me an invisible man is the representation of all of these things. Sometimes what you cannot see is more haunting than what you can view with your own eyes. If the book was written today, I feel Griffin would killed or harmed many more people in his wake (the modern horror take on a classic horror / science fiction.  Plus, you can stake or behead a vampire, you can shoot a werewolf with a silver bullet, and you can kill a zombie by destroying their brain, but how do you kill a man who is in invisible, a person who has the advantage of remaining hidden in plain sight? As proven by Wells, it can be done, but luck has to be on your side. So, to quote Clint Eastwood, do you feel lucky?