Peeping Tom

October 26-27
Peeping Tom
(United States, 1962, 101 min.)

Directed by Michael Powell and written by Leo Marks, Peeping Tom originally appalled audiences upon its release. Filmmaker Mark Lewis (Karl Heinz Böhm) enjoys the study of fear. Through the voyeuristic lens of his camera, Mark enjoys capturing the tormented look of an individual right before her death. In particular, Mark enjoys filming the female expression just as he pulls out the knife, which he hides in a tripod, and slices her to a painful end. A psycho-killer luring prostitutes and models into his apartment, Mark is creating some of the first snuff footage to hit public audiences. Drawn to this behavior by his psychologist father, Mark endured terrible and excruciating tests which his father performed. Living in the upper floor of his family’s home, Mark also rents out the downstairs to Helen Stephens (Anna Massey) and her blind mother Mrs. Stephens (Maxine Audley). For the most part, Mark ignores and avoids his downstairs tenants, until Anna introduces herself one day. Although Mark and Anna feel a connection, Mark’s desire to capture Anna in a deathly state of fear may override his first and perhaps only shot at a true friend.