Audacious, timelessly disturbing, ruthlessly frank. A thinking person’s slasher.
Long banned for public exhibition, this nightmarish journey into voyeurism, sexual psychosis and murder was seriously misunderstood and damaged the career of director Michael Powell. Today it can be viewed as the breakthrough psychological drama that it really was. If it had been a low budget quickie rather than an A-grade production with major stars, perhaps the fuss might not have arisen.