Universal Sending ‘The Invisible Man’ And ‘The Hunt’ To VOD Early

March 17, 2020

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

Kelli Marchman McNeely is the owner of HorrorFuel.com. She is an Executive Producer of "13 Slays Till Christmas" which is out on Digital and DVD and now streaming on Tubi. She has several other films in the works. Kelli is an animal lover and a true horror addict since the age of 9 when she saw Friday the 13th. Email: [email protected]



Theaters across the world are shutting down to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. So what happens to the movies that should be playing? Universal is moving some of their new releases to VOD.

Deadline is reporting that Leigh Whannell‘s brilliant hit The Invisible Man (review) and Craig Zobel‘s controversial film The Hunt, both from Blumhouse, will arrive on VOD Friday, March 20th.

The Invisible Man has already had a successful run at the box office bringing in over $120 million, but The Hunt‘s release came when people were already avoiding public gatherings, so it didn’t make much a splash. Hopefully, the VOD release will help it to rebound. The movies will be available “on-demand 48-hour rental at the suggested price of $19.99.” Odds are we will see a lot more studios follow in Universal’s footsteps and send their new films straight to VOD.

The situation isn’t all bad for us though, we get to watch these great films from the comfort of our own homes, in our P.J.’s.

Universal Pictures has a broad and diverse range of movies with 2020 being no exception. Rather than delaying these films or releasing them into a challenged distribution landscape, we wanted to provide an option for people to view these titles in the home that is both accessible and affordable,” NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell states. “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.”


Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss (Us, Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale) stars in The Invisible Man.

Trapped in a violent, controlling relationship with a wealthy and brilliant scientist, Cecilia Kass (Elisabeth Moss) escapes in the dead of night and disappears into hiding, aided by her sister (Harriet Dyer, NBC’s The InBetween), their childhood friend (Aldis Hodge, Straight Outta Compton) and his teenage daughter (Storm Reid, HBO’s Euphoria).

But when Cecilia’s abusive ex (Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House) commits suicide and leaves her a generous portion of his vast fortune, Cecilia suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of eerie coincidences turn lethal, threatening the lives of those she loves, Cecilia’s sanity begins to unravel as she desperately tries to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.




In The Hunt, Twelve strangers wake up in a clearing. They don’t know where they are, or how they got there. They don’t know they’ve been chosen… for a very specific purpose … The Hunt. In the shadow of a dark internet conspiracy theory, a group of elites gathers for the very first time at a remote Manor House to hunt ordinary Americans for sport. But the elites’ master plan is about to be derailed because one of The Hunted, Crystal (Betty Gilpin, GLOW), knows The Hunters’ game better than they do. She turns the tables on the killers, picking them off, one by one, as she makes her way toward the mysterious woman (two-time Oscar® winner Hilary Swank) at the center of it all.


Emma Roberts (“AHS”), Ethan Suplee (Santa Clarita Diet), J.C. MacKenzie (“October Faction”), and Justin Hartley (“This Is Us”) also star in The Hunt, written by Damon Lindelof and his fellow “Watchmen” collaborator Nick Cuse.



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