This late solo work by Powell was widely panned on release, but is now considered one of his masterpieces and possibly the first ever slasher horror film. The London-set movie tells the story of a psychopathic cameraman – his childhood traumas, sexual crises, and murderous revenge as an adult.
This film was introduced by Alice Haylett Bryan, Lecturer in Film History at Queen Mary University and researcher in the sexual politics of horror. It was screening as part of the Powell + Pressburger film season taking place from October to December across venues in Folkestone. Find out more at PPFolkestone.co.uk.
Karlheinz Böhm, Moira Shearer, Anna Massey
Drama, Horror, Thriller
UK • 1960 • 101 mins
In a seedy 1960s London, Mark – a disturbed film technician and serial killer – uses his camera to film the terrified expressions of the women he murders. As he slowly becomes obsessed with Helen, a sweet-natured fellow tenant in his large house, how long can he resist before he turns the deadly gaze of his camera towards her?
Director Michael Powell’s second solo film after his incredibly successful partnership with Emeric Pressburger throughout the 1940s and 1950s, Peeping Tom outraged film critics upon release, leaving Powell’s career and reputation in tatters. The film later gained a cult following, and is now considered to be a masterpiece of genre cinema.
Taking place from October – December 2023, Cinema Unbound: The Creative Worlds of Powell + Pressburger is a UK-wide film celebration of one of the greatest and most enduring filmmaking partnerships in the history of cinema: Michael Powell (1905 to 1990) and Emeric Pressburger (1902 to 1988), best known for iconic films including The Red Shoes (1948), A Matter of Life and Death (1946) and Black Narcissus
Powell + Pressburger is showing at the Silver Screen Cinema with support of the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery.