Overall Rank: 808
Average Rating: 3.1/4
# of Ratings: 65
Theatrical Release Date: 05/15/1962
Genre: Drama, Horror
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Michael Powell
Actors: Karlheinz Böhm, Moira Shearer, Anna Massey, Maxine Audley, Michael Goodliffe, Shirley Anne Field
Plot: A lonely, repressed young man's life revolves around the camera: when not working for film studio or proving pornographic pictures for a local shop, he's exploring the depths of fear as he films women while murdering them. -- Chris Kavan
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Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 06/24/2019
Released in 1960, the same year as Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece "Psycho, "Peeping Tom" remains a nerve-tingling psychological thriller too ahead of its time for its contemporary audience.
Snoogans - wrote on 06/23/2014
Some groundwork for future similar films (most notably 'Maniac' and it's remake) can be seen in this unusual 60's thriller. Unusual type of thriller for the time, that is. Filmmaking techniques play as big of a part as the story. The two go hand-in-hand in giving insight to this dangerous voyeuristic character. He rides the line of sympathy and scary perfectly, so that we understand his situation but still condone his actions. Many scenes subtly induce fear, which exactly parallel his own filming studies of his victims. Very interesting and understated.
mitchellyoung - wrote on 05/30/2012
Peeling back the layers of an interesting psychological study, Michael Powell examines the nature of fear and obsession. The film's main unique device is its frequent adoption of the first person perspective, which achieves an unsettling effect. The film's controversial scenes are tame by today's standards, but Peeping Tom still packs a punch when it comes to emotional impact.
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Filmhaus - wrote on 04/12/2021
Prior to this movie, Michael Powell was the cinematic equivalent of Steven Spielberg in the British Isles.
During the second World War, he produced war-time masterpiece after masterpiece, examining England's relationship with the United States while chronicling his country's cultural journey through periods of intense turmoil.
And the people loved him for it.
Why? Two words: Emeric Pressburger.
While Powell was known for his avant-garde palette and bon vivant sensibilities, Emeric, acting as the chief scriptwriter and co-director of the Archers label (their partnership), was a master at channeling the passionate sentimentalism coursing through veins of the British everyman and shaping it to emotionally-charged, borderline maudlin dialogue.
Basically, he was Paul McCartney …
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