Peeping Tom tells the story of scopophiliac Mark Lewis, a sexually repressed employee of the British film industry. As a child Mark fell victim to his fathers obsession with the psychology of terror and partook in some disturbing experiments. As a result of this, his adult life sees him enjoying nothing more than frightening women to death, brutally murdering them and recording their reactions on film.
The outrage generated by the film inspired critics to create with some of their best quotes ever. Here are my favourites…
"The only really satisfactory way to dispose of Peeping Tom would be to shovel it up and flush it swiftly down the nearest sewer,"
"Sick minds will be highly stimulated."
"I have carted my travel-stained carcass to some of the filthiest and most festering slums in Asia. But nothing, nothing, nothing-neither the hopeless leper colonies of East Pakistan, the back streets of Bombay, nor the gutters of Calcutta-has left me with such a feeling of nausea and depression as I got this week sitting through a new British film called Peeping Tom."
The film is often referred to as ‘the British Psycho’ but Peeping Tom is much more ‘real’. It has the feel of some stinking dirty secret that you found in your dead granddad's shed, but a secret so dirty that you feel obliged to share it with your friends.