revamping my previous post: this film is incredibly important to view in relation to not only "Psycho", but also how we, as moviegoers, view violence. Powell's depiction of fear, terror, and how we see ourselves and others in it is discussed greatly in "Peeping Tom". There are constant references to cinema itself and how people accept or ignore violence in films. This is a great example of films about film itself.
very great story. looking at the fear itself has never changed, we still like this phenomenon today...
hard to believe such a great film basically stopped the career of a great artist.... definitely ahead of its time...
"Imagine someone coming towards you, who wants to kill you, regardless of consequences." "A madman?" "Yes. But he knows it. And you don't."
A striking thriller that sets the tone for a number of imitators (the novel red dragon being the first i think of) that lets us know up front who the killer is and bask in the tension from there. Powell is a master of mood and music and they blend together almost perfectly in this piece.
With it's correlation of voyeurism and how we watch movies, it has received many comparisons to Hitchcock's 'Rear Window'. However, with its study on general paraphelia and dark sexuality, it holds more kinship to Hitch's 'Vertigo'. Not surprising, 'Peeping Tom' served as inspiration to Hitchcock's later work, not to mention that of numerous other directors. Years ahead of its time.
I still enjoy imagining critics storming out of the film's screening: outraged! Someone had criticised the critics!
absolutely stunning. very suspenseful, beautiful, and haunting. along with the suspense, the colors were vivid and plenty of good lines along the way. Mark is quite creepy by the end of the film. this is one of my favorite horror films of all time. "I don't trust a man who walks around quietly."
I think that the feeling of suspense and fear that Powell creates here exceeds in intensity to a lot of Hitchcock movies. And of course it has all this meta-meta-discussion about cinema and voyeurism wich is wonderful to dive into.
I love Powell's films with Pressburger, but find Peeping Tom to be overrated. People seem keen to try and compare it to Psycho, which was released the same year, but it is not in the same stratosphere as that classic.
With fabulous music and a tight narrative, "Peeping Tom" is a scary classic with a damaged, credibly sympathetic lead. Along with exploring voyeurism, I also detected a strong whiff of materialistic desire, in the scene where main character Mark hugs his camera. Also, the scenes between Mark and the mother of one of the tenants really *made* this movie for me. Hard to believe it's 50 years old. Definitely watch this.
Jennie, I love Peeping Tom way more than Psycho. Unfortunately, Psycho helped Hitch's career and ruined Michael Powell's career (in England). I think that's sort of unfair and unjust. P.T. is one of the great horror films. I never realized the films were released the same year. :o