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THE INVISIBLE MAN <span>(2020)</span> artwork


Type Feature

Approx. Running minutes 124

Release dates 28/02/2020

Ratings Info strong bloody violence, threat, language, domestic abuse

Genre(s) Horror, Thriller

Director(s) Leigh Whannell

Cast includes Elisabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid, Harriet Dyer, Amali Golden

Summary THE INVISIBLE MAN is a US horror thriller in which a woman leaves her controlling partner and finds herself menaced by something she cannot see.

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

  • Suitable only for 15 years and over icon15

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 18/02/2020

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

THE INVISIBLE MAN is a US horror thriller in which a woman leaves her controlling partner and finds herself menaced by something she cannot see.


Strong violence includes heavy beatings, people being thrown into walls and glass, shootings, slashes and stabbings with knives, and throat-cuttings, much of it executed or manipulated by an invisible force. There is extensive bloodshed and bloody injury in the aftermath of violent events. A photograph shows the body of a person who has taken their own life, with brief sight of injuries.

Threat and horror

A woman is stalked by an invisible force which adds to the intensity of the threats she faces. Although the source of the menace is fantastical her ordeal takes place in a real world setting. The threat occasionally breaks out into strong 'jump scares'.


There is strong language ('f**k', 'motherf**ker'), as well as milder bad language including uses of 'bitch', 'shit', 'ass', 'God' and 'Jesus'.


There are references to the emotional and psychological control of a woman by her husband, and suggestions that the domestic abuse included physical harm. The abuse continues in the threats to the woman through the course of the film.

Precuts information

During post-production, the distributor sought and was given advice on how to secure the desired classification. Following this advice, certain changes were made prior to submission

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

This film was originally seen for advice. The company was advised it was likely to be classified 18 uncut but that their preferred 15 classification could be obtained by making small changes to one scene to remove bloody injury detail during an attempted suicide. When the film was submitted for formal classification, the shots in question had been removed and the film was classified 15.


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Universal Studios Limited,Universal Pictures (UK) Ltd,Universal Pictures Int (UK)
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