Contrary to the previous 2 reviewers I got so much out of that film when I first watched it: It works as a straightforward psycho thriller (with the interesting complication that we are rooting for... Read morethe killer from start to finish), as a strange love story, and even as a film about filmmaking and the pleasure of watching. Sometimes it's worth putting in a little bit of effort when you watch a movie and actually think about it.
"Do you know what the most FRIGHTENING thing in the world is ...?"
"Do you know what the most FRIGHTENING thing in the world is ...?" From Michael Powell, the brilliant and acclaimed director of A Matter of Life And Death and Black Narcissus, comes a controversial masterpiece now recognised as one of the supreme achievements of British horror cinema. By day, clean cut Mark Lewis is a focus-puller at a film studio, supplementing his wages by taking girlie pictures above a seedy newsagent. By night he is a sadistic killer, stalking his victims, camera in hand, in an obsessive quest for the look of pure, unadulterated fear. On its release in 1960, Peeping Tom proved to be far more than British critics could handle; their fearsome reaction ruined Powell's career. Its stylish, cunning and brutally frank treatment of Mark Lewis' insanity brought forth comments such as, "The sickest and filthiest film I can remember seeing" (The Spectator), "Frankly Beastly" (Financial Times), and "Thoroughly nasty" (Daily Mail).
- Anna Massey, Nigel Davenport, Shirley Anne Field, Michael Goodliffe, Esmond Knight, Jack Watson, Miles Malleson, Maxine Audley, Moira Shearer, Brenda Bruce, Martin Miller, Bartlett Mullins, Karlheinz Böhm
- Michael Powell
- Classics , Psychological , Suspense & Thriller , Classic Suspense & Thriller