Essential horror. The film that pretty much destroyed Michael Powell's career and reputation was of course eventually rediscovered and appreciated for the unique take on voyeurism and obsession it represented. The garish use of colour and its often claustrophobic cinematography are just a couple of the tools Powell employed here for this perverse exercise. Even with the over-acting of Karlheinz Bohm this impresses.
The set design and lighting remind me of Argento. It appears that Böhm's doing an impression of Peter Lorre. For this to have come from the director of 'Red Shoes' and 'Stairway to Heaven' is quite a jolt. I suppose if Powell had been doing these type of films all along then the shock wouldn't have been so bad. Psycho didn't have that problem. It also wasn't this silly. Unfortunately, it's now extremely overrated.
A somewhat disturbing film that both excites and deeply horrifies one as the camera peeps into the psychological mindset of a cinephilic madman. 'Peeping Tom' is very reminiscent of Hitchcock's work; 'Shadow of a Doubt' comes to mind. But, it is not Mark Lewis who is spying on the various characters from unusual vantage points, more so it is the coldly erotic camera that is accompanied by the schizophrenic music.
Reviled by critics on release and a film that threatened to end the career of great British filmmaker Michael Powell, Peeping Tom is a fascinating study on voyeurism, repressed trauma and the human psyche. It's a film that dares to question its audience. What is it about fear and danger that we find so compelling on the screen? Its impact may have lessened over the years but Peeping Tom intrigues nonetheless.
brilliant film by Powell! very iconic and sophisticated thrilling story. but the character development could be better. it would be a 5/5 then. some people say its the British version of the American horror classic Psycho. I think they are definitely different but somehow, they have the same effect on the audience.