Peeping Tom,directed by a solo Michael Powell, received an extremely harsh critical response at the time of its release yet today is rightfully recognised as a disturbing, methodical look at the psychology of a killer, and a classic work of voyeuristic cinema.
It tells the story of Mark (Carl Boehm), an unassuming focus-puller at a film studio who spends his free time working on what he calls his "documentary". Chillingly, it entails filming women with a camera that has a spike concealed in the leg of the tripod, and a mirror in which the victims are forced to watch their own contorted faces as they are stabbed to death. Afterwards, Mark obsessively reviews the film. His voyeurism hinges on the need to see the fear on the women's faces as they realise they're about to die.
One of the greatest horror films of all time, the film still shocks today, making a pointed comment on the voyeurism of cinema and both audiences and filmmakers transfixation with other people's lives.
Running Time: 1hr 41mins
BBFC Advice: 15
Director(s): Michael Powell
Country of Origin: UK
Year of release: 1960
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