Synopsis: Mark Lewis is a young loner who works as a camera man and photographer, but has a dark obsession with fear. He is, of course, the peeping tom of the title but his voyeurism is much more pernicious than merely peeping – he uses his camera to kill, filming his victims as they die.
What can I say? I loved this film. Perhaps “love” isn’t the right word. I’m not sure you can “love” a film like this. It is just very, very good.
It is strange and disturbing and darkly clever, and while it could easily look dated, it manages to feel modern, current. So shocking at the time that it was pulled from cinemas and all but ruined Powell’s career (even though he was a previously much-loved director following films including The Red Shoes and Black Narcissus), this is now a cult classic and it’s quite easy to see why. I’ve attached a clip of the opening scene because the trailer just doesn’t do it justice, and just makes it look lurid and sensationalist.
Bohm or Boem, depending where you do you reading, puts in an unsettling performance as the complex, titular killer. You will witness his crimes close up, you will be the peeping tom. But we also see his human side, thanks to Massey.
Shearer’s performance is note-worthy too, but I don’t want to give too much away.
Final thoughts: thought-provoking and unnerving. If you are a film fan, you really should see this.
Directed by: Michael Powell
Starring: Karlheinz Bohm, Anna Massey, Moira Shearer
Running time: 1 hr 41 minutes