Classic: Peeping Tom
SUN 25 JUN
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In Michael Powell's (The Red Shoes) horror classic from 1960, a young man murders women, using a movie camera to film their dying expressions of terror. This film was branded as "sick" and "nasty" by critics at the time, but is now considered a masterpiece.
A lonely, unfriendly, sexually repressed fellow, Karl (Mark Lewis) is obsessed with the effects of fear, how it registers on the face, and the behaviour of the frightened. This obsession dates from the time when, as a child, he served as the subject of some cold-blooded experiments in the psychology of terror, conducted by his own scientist father.
As a grown man, he becomes a compulsive murderer who kills women and records their contorted features and dying gasps on film. His ongoing project: a documentary on fear. With 16mm camera in hand, he accompanies a prostitute to her room and stabs her with a blade concealed in his tripod, all the while photographing her contorted face in the throes of terror and death...