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2020’s Scariest Movie Is Coming To On Demand This Week

by : Cameron Frew on : 17 Mar 2020 15:18

If you couldn’t see The Invisible Man in cinemas, don’t worry – he’s coming to your home this week. 

The coronavirus pandemic’s effect on the film industry has been increasing in scope, with major releases  such as No Time To Die and A Quiet Place Part II postponed indefinitely, and cinemas shutting until further notice.

Amid the self-isolation measures and natural anxiety in these trying times, it’d be understandable that some may have avoided venturing into screenings to catch the latest movies. Luckily, certain films are coming to streaming early as a result – including the scariest horror of the year so far.

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The latest twist on the classic comes from the brilliant mind of Leigh Whannell, the writer of Saw and director of Upgrade, and is currently sitting at 91% on Rotten Tomatoes.

It stars Elisabeth Moss as Cecilia Kass, who’s plagued by the apparent invisible presence of her abusive ex-partner (played by Oliver Jackson-Cohen) after escaping their home.

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The movie opens on an inhale and rarely loosens its grip on your pulse – throughout, you battle immense frustration as Cecilia is doubted by naysayers. Yet, we see her terrifying mental and physical torment behind closed doors in ways that are often unbearably difficult to endure.

Moss’s performance is utterly mesmerising – in a film landscape where releases are continually being delayed, she’s the immediate front-runner for Best Actress at the Oscars next year. But it’s also a mighty testament of Whannell’s talents (already exemplified by the bamboozling violence in Upgrade).

Could he be the answer to Universal’s Dark Universe problem? 2017’s The Mummy was, simply, a disaster – with Blumhouse’s track record for low-budget success, there’s surely something brewing behind the scenes.

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You’ll be able to stream The Invisible Man at home from this Friday, available on iTunes, Amazon and other providers. It’s a VOD release, priced at $19.99 for a 48-hour rental.

It’s dropping on home-viewing alongside The Hunt and Emma amid the widespread impact of COVID-19 on the theatrical market. Universal’s Trolls World Tour will also debut on-demand on April 10.

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Jeff Shell, CEO of NBCUniversal, said in a press conference Monday morning: ‘We hope and believe that people will still go to the movies in theaters where available, but we understand that for people in different areas of the world that is increasingly becoming less possible.’

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There’s worse ways you can spend time during self-isolation.

The Invisible Man is available to watch at home this Friday, March 20.

It’s okay to not panic. LADbible and UNILAD’s aim with our coronavirus campaign, Cutting Through, is to provide our community with facts and stories from the people who are either qualified to comment or have experienced first-hand the situation we’re facing. For more information from the World Health Organization on coronavirus, click here.

Cameron Frew

After graduating from Glasgow Caledonian University with an NCTJ and BCTJ-accredited Multimedia Journalism degree, Cameron ventured into the world of print journalism at The National, while also working as a freelance film journalist on the side, becoming an accredited Rotten Tomatoes critic in the process. He's now left his Scottish homelands and took up residence at UNILAD as a journalist.

Topics: Film and TV, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Film, horror, streaming, The Invisible Man