over 2 years
Teases smuttiness and pulp but actually very elegant and introspective. A masterpiece.
almost 6 years
Great movie. Scary, makes you think and has a great twist. Questions gender roles in film.
over 6 years
Though it destroyed Powell's reputation, the movie itself is tremendous.
almost 7 years
An intriguing character study and dissection of cinematic voyeurism.
Peeping Tom shocks as much as it entertains.
Peeping Tom is a 1960 British psychological thriller directed by Michael Powell and written by the World War II cryptographer and polymath Leo Marks. The title derives from the slang expression 'peeping Tom' describing a voyeur. The film revolves around a serial killer who murders women while using a portable movie camera to record their dying expressions of terror.
Its controversial subject and the extremely harsh reception by critics effectively destroyed Powell's career as a director in the United Kingdom. However, it attracted a cult following, and in later years, it has been re-evaluated and is now considered a masterpiece.
Mark Lewis (Carl Boehm) meets a prostitute, covertly filming her with a camera hidden under his coat. Shown from the point-of-view of the camera viewfinder, tension builds as he follows the girl into her house, murders her and later watches the film in his den as the credits roll on the screen.
Lewis is a member of a film crew who aspires to become a filmmaker...