It is sad that audiences were so unhappy with this film that it pretty much ended Powell's career as a director because this is an excellent film. It came out the same year as Psycho and I believe it to be every bit as good. As a Psychology major I found this to be not only a thriller but a tragedy as well.
Even in an age going wild for Psycho, Peeping Tom was too damn perverse and uncomfortable for people to take. But it earns its reputation as a "film maudit" masterpiece, a media theory horror movie that plays games with reality and highlights how the very mechanisms of cinema are co-opted against women. The scariest part is that nowadays, TV crime procedurals do worse things every week, and no one bats an eye.
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."
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.
superb Hithcockian/freudian thriller with a bizarre plot (outrageous for its time, banned and detroyed by critics) about a young filmmaker's obsession for capture women's reaction when they're facing death. In a few words, the "snuff films" myth was introduced to us in this underrated suspense masterpiece.
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
Powell's movie was ahead of his time, it focuses on and plays with the act of viewing six years before Antonioni's "Blow-Up". Striking is the use of a piano with musical references to the musical practice of silent movies while Tom watches his film excerpts or thinks about his "documentary".