Peeping Tom (1960) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

Peeping Tom (1960)

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  • Release Date:  1960
  • Genre:  Slasher
  • Director:  Michael Powell
  • Screenwriter:  Leo Marks
  • Cast & Crew: Karlheinz Böhm, Moira Shearer, Anna Massey, Maxine Audley, Brenda Bruce, Miles Malleson, Esmond Knight, Martin Miller, Michael Goodliffe, Jack Watson, Shirley Anne Field, Pamela Green

Peeping Tom (1960)Rating:

  • Dylan = 8.5 / 10;
  • Raoul = 8 / 10;
  • IMDB = 7.7 / 10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 8.5 / 10

Peeping Tom (1960) Synopsis:

The story of a young man who enjoy filming his female victims as he murders them.

Peeping Tom (1960) Review:

Peeping Tom is a horror film from British director Michael Powell (The Red Shoes) about a man, Karlheinz Bohm, who films the expression of fear from women just before they die with a camera.

The film, released in 1960, can be seen as one of the very first slasher films along with Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. Upon its release this film however was met with harsh criticism due to its subject matter, and was thereby labeled as “perverse, sick and twisted”, something that almost destroyed the director’s career.

One of the most interesting things about Peeping Tom is how the director puts the viewer in front of the lens, when the killer uses the camera to film his victims final expressions before they die. This very confronting and makes the audience feel guilty for watching it because it is exactly how the killer likes to view the world…watching it through a camera.

The film pushes what was acceptable on screen for that period of time and for it, it is now seen as a memorable horror classic that is considered to be one of Britain’s masterpieces of horror. A must see for fans of slasher films and those curious in the origins of the sub-genre.

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