Peeping Tom

Peeping Tom

DVD - 1999
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A study of a voyeuristic maniac who kills women while filming them with his 16mm camera.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, Criterion Collection,, [1999]
Edition: Widescreen version.
Copyright Date: [©1999]
ISBN: 9780780022621
0780022629
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE PEE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (101 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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RoyalJellyIII
Dec 10, 2018

Michael Powell's "Peeping Tom" is the best movie ever made about the voyeuristic allure of making and watching movies. The critics weren't prepared for "Peeping Tom" back in 1960. Their blistering reviews put a crimp in the brilliant Powell's career for years afterward. Today, of course, the movie is considered a classic and has inspired an entire generation of visceral film makers.

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Derringer
Dec 10, 2018

From where I was sitting, Peeping Tom certainly didn't live up, at all, to its ominous-sounding title, nor (when it came to its reputation) did it fulfill my expectations as being an above-average slasher flick.

One of Peeping Tom's biggest let-downs was actor Carl Boehm's disappointing portrayal of Mark Lewis, the film's psychotic title character.

Boehm presented Lewis as such a nervous, effeminate, one-dimensional wall-flower that, before long, it became impossible for me to really believe that such a nothing-person as this could ever be capable of such brutally cruel and murderous crimes.

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VonHafenstaaad
Dec 09, 2018

It has been widely publicized that Michael Powell's PEEPING TOM rivals the masterful filming techniques of the great Alfred Hitchcock, and rightly so. In many ways, it is even more daring, subversive, and groundbreaking than many of Hitchcock's best, which were the same reasons it was panned by critics at the time of its release and unfortunately was the cause for Powell's retreat from the industry. Its characters are brilliantly written and set into play in an imperfect world with a seedy underbelly. PEEPING TOM is just as relevant, darkly genius, and compelling as it was upon its release in 1960. Put this high on the priorities list, this is Horror at its best.

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ManMachine
Dec 08, 2018

Lights! Camera! Action!... Roll 'Em!..... As the story goes - One of Britain's most proficient and well-respected film-makers of the 1950s, Michael Powell, was all but ruined as a director after the critics, like a pack of hungry wolves, literally lambasted him following the release of 1960's "Peeping Tom".

And after I patiently sat through this decidedly weak, predictable and uninspired character study of a screwy and easily-forgettable serial killer, I could certainly see why the critics (58 years ago) cried "Foul!" against Powell.

IMO - "Peeping Tom" amounted to being a whole lot of nothing. The silly romantic angle in the story stank, big-time. And the scenes that were clearly intended to generate terror were, in the long run, the most laughable of all.

With all of the sick & twisted serial killer movies that have since followed in Peeping Tom's footsteps over these past 58 years, it's hard for me to imagine that anyone could honestly get a genuine thrill of satisfaction out of watching this listless, out-of-date, thumb-twiddling dud.

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raymind
Aug 22, 2017

. I guess the " Peeping Tom " is the one watching the movie .

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robt1212
Mar 11, 2017

Our Family enjoyed this movie a great deal, especially the children. There are some moments of terror and even more of scenes that are quite entertaining, such as the old man in the news shoppe buying nudie pictures. This genre is always a pleasure to watch.

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Nursebob
Dec 13, 2014

Years ahead of its time, this daring psychological drama examines the intricate power play between voyeur and subject, stalker and stalked, and the role of media, in this case home movies, in creating emotional distances. Cleverly set in the make-believe world of cinema...and pornography...director Michael Powell delves beneath surface appearances to reveal some uncomfortable truths; at one point Mark refuses Helen’s innocent request to be filmed as he does not want to see her “that way”, in another scene one of his cheesecake models asks to be photographed so that the bruises inflicted by her jealous fiancé are not readily apparent. In the role of Mark, Karlheinz Böhm is completely captivating, his awkward naïveté and childish attempts to socialize contrasting sharply with his murderous interludes; a man well aware of the demons which poison his life yet powerless, or unwilling (?), to exorcise them. An overlooked cinema classic with a truly chilling finale.

voisjoe1 May 04, 2014

Prior to this film, Michael Powell was considered to be one of the greatest directors in Great Britain. This film is the story, ostensibly about a psychotic sexually repressed serial murderer, but in reality is a story about film goers. You see, those who view films get their kicks watching other people perpetrate dastardly deeds. We think we are innocent, but we are complicit. Look up this film’s criticisms of the day. The critics thought it was a simple stupid horrible film about stupid murders, etc. and did not realize that it was about how film allows the audience to feel good and excited when one of the characters kills other people. The critics hated the movie so much, that Michael Powell never was allowed to make another good movie. A few years before this film, Hitchcock made a film, "Rear Window." That film was also about a retired police officer, who watched other people from his window, and this film was also about film goers as voyeurs. But the protagonist played by James Stewart was portrayed as a more benevolent voyeur.

aaa5756 Dec 17, 2013

This wasn't the worst movie I've ever seen, it is far from being good. I fast forwarded a lot but not all the way.

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lukasevansherman
Apr 10, 2013

At the risk of heresy, I would suggest that "Peeping Tom" is a more interesting, unsettling film than "Psycho."

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