Catching up with another belated reviewPeeping Tom
There are hundreds of pages that could (and have, I'm sure) been written about the film's take on voyeurism and the audience's role/complicity in everything that happens but I'm not going to get into all that. This is an excellent suspense film. I love Powell's visual style (why the hell has it taken me so long to watch more?) and it really helped suck me into Mark's tale of obsession, especially certain POV shots. My favorite scene is when Moira Shearer sneaks on the movie set so Mark can film her (her dancing around of course instantly brought to mind her performance in The Red Shoes
. The scene feels so light but quickly the dread begins to creep in and the whole thing is just masterfully handled. For me, Mark (Karl Boehm) isn't quite on the level of a Norman Bates, but I found him to be effectively creepy. Anna Massey delivers a solid performance as the downstairs possible love interest. The only device that didn't quite work for me was her blind mother, but a climactic scene between her and Mark was better than I was expecting. Definitely a film I will consider when making my next top 100 list.