One of the first and finest modern thrillers where we follow a serial killer's killing spree. It is dark, terrifying and disturbing. It's stage-like feel help the movie and distances us from the creepiness and still it feels very believable. Sadly, the movie killed Michael Powell's career.
Psycho is the natural comparison, but I kept thinking of Hitchcock's later film Frenzy (which I don't like). PT is ahead of its time yet maddeningly dated. Powell might not have directed Boehm to channel Peter Lorre, but I wish he'd have put a stop to it. Awful film score. No arguing with Powell's camera work though, which implicates us all as voyeurs. Art and exploitation are deliciously savage bedfellows. 3.5 stars
A serial killer movie before serial killers were “cool”. A great movie that portrays the turmoil of a young man, his perverse fantasies, and his struggles keeping his needs in check. Mark Lewis is a young photographer who moonlights as a pornography supplier for a local snuff shop. Mark has a dark side, however. Due to the torments of his childhood, Mark murders women and films their last expressions of fear.
Gorgeous lighting, gorgeous color, and makes full use of the camera s a symbol of the urge to look and be looked at. I can see why the British public had a real problem with this movie; specifically, the way it forces the audience to identify themselves with a voyeur, whose ultimate punishment comes at his own hand, for his own purposes. But consequences are consequences, and everything is properly framed. It's fine.
Bohm channels his inner Peter Lorre as a delightfully twisted character that we gain sympathy for when he shows his love interest old films from his childhood and we get a glimpse as to how his father slowly drove him insane. It's frightening in that manner and we slowly watch him unravel as he battles against his own murderous nature, his lust for fear and his overwhelming need to kill. A disturbingly dark ride.
Awkward, uneasy and troubling. The film is the character which is the neurosis of a deranged mind. An uncomfortable watch in so many ways, and crazy to think that it was buried away for decades. Brilliant to revisit it, and reaffirm that its a film that's nigh on impossible to shake off.
This film is an interesting looks into the mind of a serial killer. It's pacing, atmosphere, and tone all play well off each other as Mark continues his dark journey into madness which kept me interested and curious about what was to come. Taking many inspirations from Hitchcock films, Michael Powell was able put together a film that deserves to stand along side the legendary directors psychological thriller films.
Extra 1/2 star added for just the crazy history of this wonderful treat. Every bit as good as Psycho, perhaps better bc of better actors and creepier plot. A shame that Powell's career was destroyed by this one, when now weirder shit is on Law and Order each week and everyone is cool with it. Fabulous use of bizarre score, great colors, and a sympathetic psychopath lead. What more did people want back then? 5 stars
This movie follows the story of an obsessive camera man who is privy on recording various women and their murders, including recording the people trying to find him (the detectives.) I thought it was executed very nicely, utilizing focal points to accentuate what the character is obsessing on. Also, the film is riddled with weird displays of bad acting, especially at the end with the protagonist's death.
I will be honest, before I watched the movie my expectations were low. I had heard about the film before but assumed because of its age that it wouldn’t be scary at all. However, I was so wrong. Peeping Tom by Michael Powell was suspenseful and intriguing at the same time. The visuals were compelling and creepy as the narrative unveiled loner Mark Lewis’ secret. Lewis’ acting was superb and fully convinced me.
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.
66/100 (Tekrar izledim puanım 81'den 67'ye düştü. Nedenine gelince başrolün dedektif takibini anlamasına rağmen cinayet işlemesi ve evinin kapısını açık bırakmasını söylemek lazım. Bu ikisi oldukça saçmaydı. Bununla birlikte renk ambiansı muhteşem. Mest oldum tekrar. Uzun süredir Hitchcock filmi izlemeyince "kalemlerin düşmesi" ve "kızın boğazına bıçak dayama" sahnelerinde irkildiğim bir gerçek. Ama yetmiyor işte.)
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.