Leigh Whannell – Genre Cinema’s MVP?


Having cut his teeth on the original Saw back in 2003, Leigh Whannell has become one of genre cinema’s most prized assets.

With the release of the Invisible Man, Whannell has successfully managed to re-invigorate a story that is over 100 years old and brought it seamlessly into 2020.

Surprisingly this is only Whannell’s third feature but after the superb Upgrade in 2018, he is showing an array of filmmaking talent, with echoes of a young John Carpenter.

With The Invisible Man, he creates a sense of tension, much in the same way as Carpenter did in 1978 with Halloween, with his invisible killer either watching or striking out at the most unpredictable moments.

The way scenes are laid out have echoes of German expressionist cinema with slow, long takes shredding nerves as we wait for the next scare.

He has a firm understanding of the narrative structure and writes compelling characters who we can either root for or despise, or in some cases a bit of both.

Look no further than Logan Marshall Green’s career-best performance in Upgrade.

Before seeing these two films I must admit to being highly skeptical of his reboot of Escape from New York – ironically a Carpenter property.

But off the back off this double whammy, I am all aboard with whatever Whannell can bring to the party. It certainly feels in safer hands than the unpredictable Robert Rodriguez, who was previously attached.

What do you think of Whannell’s Invisible Man? Let us know in the comments.

Read our review of The Invisible Man.

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