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Paul Jensen

PEEPING TOM (1960) 4.5 stars

This disturbing character study destroyed Powell's career. It was way ahead of its time and makes a great companion piece to Hitchcock's films. In fact, cinematically speaking it's extremely sophisticated. Powell knew what he was doing and the film clearly took some big risks (especially in the UK). I also love both the leads - it's hard to take your eyes off them (no pun intended). The musical score, although startling, fits the scatterbrained quality of the protagonist. In the end, this forgotten gem is one of the first true cult classics.

 

Genre: Horror
Director: Michael Powell