01 November 2014

Peeping Tom (1960)
101 min.
Directed by Michael Powell.
With Carl Boehm, Moira Shearer, Anna Massey, Maxine Audley, Esmond Knight, Shirley Ann Field, Michael Goodliffe, Brenda Bruce.
A cinematic victory of creepy voyeurism.

Extremely controversial at the time of its initial release, this altogether sleazy - but wonderfully unique - gem singlehandedly destroyed the career of director Michael Powell.

The story: as a child, Mark's father did extensive studies on the effects of human fear.

Clearly, the experiences molded little Mark.

Because now as an adult, photographer Mark Lewis (Boehm) lures women to his studio, then kills them with a nasty spike attached to the bottom of his tripod...gleefully recording on video the victims' frantic final moments.

Like father, like son.

Can anyone stop him before more needless murders take place? Because we can guarantee you, Mark won't stop himself.

A thoroughly dark and grimy London atmosphere permeates the action, carried off by a very powerful performance from Boehm.

A definite high point in '60s British horror cinema, and required viewing.

Also known as Face of Fear.

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