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Distorted image of Anna Massey
Distorted image of Anna Massey

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Basic Info Rusty's rating: 80
Notable as: HorrorGenre: Psychological thriller, Thriller, Horror, Suspense, Crime Fiction, SlasherMain subject: serial killer, filmmakingNarrative location: LondonRuntime: 86 - 101 minutesLanguage: EnglishCountry: United KingdomFilming location: LondonDirector: Michael PowellScreenwriter: Leo MarksMusic: Brian EasdaleCinematography: Otto HellerStars: Karlheinz Böhm, Anna Massey, Moira Shearer, Maxine Audley, Jack Watson, Esmond Knight, Michael Goodliffe, Pamela Green, Brenda Bruce, Miles Malleson Producer: Michael Powell, Nat CohenAward details: (details at IMDb)
Description

Peeping Tom is a 1960 British thriller/horror film directed by Michael Powell and written by the World War II cryptographer and polymath Leo Marks. The title derives from the slang expression 'peeping Tom' describing a voyeur. The film revolves around a serial killer who murders women while using a portable movie camera to record their dying expressions of terror. The film's controversial subject and the extremely harsh reception by critics effectively destroyed Powell's career as a director in the United Kingdom. However, it attracted a cult following, and in later years, it has been re-evaluated and is now considered a masterpiece. The music score, written by Brian Easdale, contains a challenging part for solo piano, which was played by the Australian virtuoso Gordon Watson.


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