Stripped of the horror angles of its forerunner, The Invisible Man Returns is a fantastic tale of the impossible – but unfolded in such a manner that it maintains interest throughout despite its basic incredibility. Claude Rains portrayed the title role in the first Invisible Man, produced by Universal in 1933, and was killed off at the finish. Vincent Price is the second phantom.
Picture is a high spot in special effects and trick photography. John Fulton and his staff, also responsible for the same work in the first Invisible Man, provide some amazing scenes and eerie situations.
When Price is convicted of the murder of his brother and sentenced to be hanged, medico-scientist John Sutton gives him a serum injection which makes him invisible, and allows escape from prison. Sutton’s brother concocted the serum, but failed to discover an antidote to prevent eventual attack of madness. While Sutton concentrates on finding a serum before his friend becomes a killing maniac, Price’s invisibility allows him to uncover the murderer.
Story and script are workmanlike efforts, with Joe May’s direction holding a steady and suspenseful pace with few dull moments.