Are abusive men invisible?
The question seems almost perverse. Of course, they’re not invisible; to their victims, they’re all too visible, taking up all the space in the victims’ lives and minds, crowding out the possibility of feeling “normal.”
Today we are going to talk about a recent psychological horror-thriller The Invisible Man. It follows a woman named Cecilia Kass (Elisabeth Moss) as she attempts to escape Adrian Griffin (Oliver Jackson-Cohen), her abusive and manipulative boyfriend. Cecilia’s vulnerability is a kind of raw nakedness; she’s a woman with no place to hide.
When the things escalated, Cecilia uses sleeping pills on Adrian to escape from the house filled with security cameras and with the help of her sister she is finally free. But the freedom is dubious, Cecilia is sure that Adrian will find her, but instead, he kills himself and leaves her all his money.
And yet she can feel his presence as if she’s being not just watched but stalked. She’s convinced he’s alive and invisible, while everyone around her, even those who love her, is confident that her emotional instability is devolving into some kind of madness.
Because the villain isn’t visible to anyone, not even the characters in the film, it’s extra creepy, and extra effective. The Invisible Man seems eerily well-timed, releasing in theaters mere days after Harvey Weinstein’s conviction on two criminal charges, including rape.