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The great Michael Powell's once notorious case study about a psychosexually damaged cameraman whose murderous voyeurism leads him to kill young women and record their final moments for posterity has been reclaimed from infamy as a prescient masterpiece.
"The original first-person horror film" (J. Hoberman), the great Michael Powell's once notorious case study about a psychosexually damaged cameraman (Carl Boehm) whose murderous voyeurism leads him to kill young women while recording their final moments for posterity has been reclaimed from infamy and acclaimed as a prescient masterpiece.
"Michael Powell has been my favourite filmmaker since, at age twelve, I first saw The Tales of Hoffmann. [Peeping Tom] was so reviled by critics that its distributer decided not even to release it . . . [But] what was initially thought of as being prurient, grotesque, disgusting, was rediscovered as a brilliant commentary on the voyeurism of the media. New observers of the film realized that Powell was intentionally trying to turn members of his audience into voyeurs themselves, so that they might recognize symptoms of the disease. I feel that I have a special relationship with Peeping Tom because when Night of the Living Dead hit screens it, too, was reviled. Both Powell and I owe a great deal to the home-video market for bringing our films back from the dead. Because of the debt of gratitude which I feel I owe to Michael Powell, I've selected this film to present to you." — George A. Romero