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Mark Lewis, assistant cameraman at a London film studio, aspiring movie director, part-time taker of pornographic pictures, and amateur documentary film-maker, has begun murdering women. He kills them, literally, with his camera and films the attacks and the murders. He also surrepititiously films what he can of the police investigation. At night he carefully screens and edits the footage. This is his great documentary, his life's work. Mark leads the police closer and closer so that he can film the denouement, his own imminent capture and suicide.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Stripped of its color and some excellent photography plus imaginative direction by Michael Powell, the plot itself would have emerged as a shoddy yarn."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Although seemingly about a creep who kills, it is as much about our own voyeuristic fascination with movies."
‑ Tom Gliatto, People Magazine
"While Hitchcock's masterpiece is unquestionably the more mainstream and formally groundbreaking of the two films, it's arguable that Peeping Tom is the more thematically profound and insightful work. Just don't expect to feel good after watching it."
‑ Paul Gallagher, Future Movies UK
"If anything deserves the "dark masterpiece" tag, this does: a brilliant satirical insight into the neurotic, pornographic element in the act of filming, more relevant than ever in the age of reality television and CCTV."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"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."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"It's an understanding and at times even celebratory film -- attitudes that scandalized critics years ago and are still pretty potent today."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Almost forty years later, Powell's audaciousness, satirical wit and dazzling color sense still crackle with life."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Baltimore Sun
"It is a thriller that still has the ability to shock because it holds up a mirror to the impulses in all of us. Perhaps that is why so many people found it hard to stomach in 1960."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"A risk-all masterpiece from one of our greatest film-makers."
‑ Tom Hutchinson, Radio Times
"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."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"A Freudian script of notable maturity teases limitless implications from this premise, while maintaining a healthy sense of humour."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"It's a perceptive, blackly comic masterwork."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"How is the film anything other than its own besotted yet savage review of cinema?"
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"Misplaced critical vitriol torpedoed the original 1960 release of director Michael Powell's psycho-horror. Fifty years later, it's an undisputed British masterpiece."
‑ Tom Dawson, Total Film
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