The Invisible Ray
Run Time: 81 min. Rating: Not rated Release Year: 1936
Starring: Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff
The Invisible Ray a science fiction/horror film directed by Lambert Hilyer is notable chiefly for its ground-breaking special effects by John P. Fulton, who also did the effects for The Invisible Man series. Dr. Janos Rukh (Boris Karloff) using space and time travel, and aided by fellow scientist Felix Benet (Bela Lugosi) searches for a meteor which contains “Radium X,” a substance more powerful than radium. Rukh is contaminated by the radiation and kills whoever he touches. Despite a short-term antidote, Rukh finds himself slowly going mad and has paranoid delusions that others are plotting against him, with deadly results. While the story and acting in this somewhat dated horror film are just average, the special effects are outstanding and should be seen by any fan of the genre.