Fear, as it turns out, is the most frightening thing in the world, and Peeping Tom makes us feel it palpably as few films have been able to do.
| Original Score: 5/5
Peeping Tom reminds us of the scary, primitive power of movies by putting us, as viewers, in the position of its peeping protagonist. As the psychopath sets up his victims for the kill, we see them through his eyes.
It still packs a wallop. Maybe that's because, in cinema, we're all peeping toms. And the camera, in skillful hands, can be an exquisite instrument of terror.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Stripped of its color and some excellent photography plus imaginative direction by Michael Powell, the plot itself would have emerged as a shoddy yarn.
It's an understanding and at times even celebratory film -- attitudes that scandalized critics years ago and are still pretty potent today.
A Freudian script of notable maturity teases limitless implications from this premise, while maintaining a healthy sense of humour.
Peeping Tom's rediscovery, I fear, tells us more about fads in film criticism than it does about art.
| Original Score: 2/5
Though it effectively ended Mr. Powell's career, Peeping Tom is now considered a once-forbidden classic, an audacious act of self-cannibalization in which cinema itself is a lethal weapon.
| Original Score: A-
The original first-person horror film.
Today, thanks largely to a 1980 revival engineered by Powell enthusiast and fellow director Martin Scorsese, Peeping Tom is rightly seen as a horror classic and sophisticated psychological journey.
| Original Score: 4/4
The movies make us into voyeurs. We sit in the dark, watching other people's lives. It is the bargain the cinema strikes with us, although most films are too well-behaved to mention it.