Monday, May 11, 2009

Peeping Tom (1960) aka Face Of Fear aka The Fotographer Of Panic

4 / 5
Tagline: Do you know what the most FRIGHTENING thing in the world is?
Directed by: Michael Powell
Written by: Leo Marks
Actors include: Karlheinz Bohm, Moira Shearer, Anna Massey
Genre: Horror
Length: 101 minutes
Banned: Finland
Country: UK

While this film actually had a fair bit going for it, it also had a fair bit going against it as well. It was definitely stylishly and innovatively shot especially for the time. The story is quite interesting, we have a weirdo who was raised by weirdos who likes to take pictures of people's fear (as he's about to kill them). It becomes a bit more involved when he sort of stars a relationship with the neighbor, and well it's a little more difficult than anticipated. The murders are actually pretty well done and bloody for the time and everything, it's quite a bit shocking but the big issue is all the dead dialogue time. The film should be about a half hour shorter because it's exciting, then it drags and the pattern repeats until the film finishes. I certainly see why it's achieved classic status but it's pretty sad when you wish you had the cut version. Still worthwhile, I just wish it had a little tweaking I suppose.

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