History Film / PeepingTom

29th Oct '14 9:29:50 PM Tropesofknowledge
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Mark Lewis is a deeply disturbed young man with a movie camera. He works with a film crew and is a filmmaker aspirant, and has a second job as a photographer of erotica. This all serves to feed his obsession with voyeurism and death, which he feeds by making his own private snuff films, killing women and filming their deaths. He also owns a boarding house, and one day he engages in conversation with the family downstairs, and befriends their daughter Helen, eventually forming relationship with her. He shares some of his home movies with her, along with his childhood problems created by his father. Turns out he used his son as an experiment in psychological fears [[AbusiveParents putting him in stressful situations and filming everything with his camera]].
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Mark Lewis is a deeply disturbed young man with a movie camera. He works with a film crew and is a filmmaker aspirant, and has a second job as a photographer of erotica. This all serves to feed his obsession with voyeurism and death, which he feeds by making his own private snuff films, killing women and filming their deaths. He also owns a boarding house, and one day he engages in conversation with the family downstairs, and befriends their daughter Helen, eventually forming a relationship with her. He shares some of his home movies with her, along with his childhood problems created by his father. Turns out he used his son as an experiment in psychological fears [[AbusiveParents putting him in stressful situations and filming everything with his camera]].
4th Oct '14 11:16:30 PM jamespolk
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Mark Lewis is a man who tends to court women, usually prostitutes. They usually consider him some kind of a creep with his obsession of bringing his camera with him everywhere and filming their encounters. But they don't realize the kind of deal he has in mind until they're alone and he kills them with his tripod, but not before frightening them with something that makes them cringe with terror. Turns out he works with a film crew and is a filmmaker aspirant. Some day he engages in conversation with the family downstairs, and befriends their daughter Helen, eventually forming relationship with her. He shares some of his home movies with her, along with his childhood problems created by his father. Turns out he used his son as an experiment in psychological fears [[AbusiveParents putting him in stressful situations and filming everything with his camera]]. The police start suspecting a man who barely talks with other people and has his camera always running (that would be Mark), and eventually they find enough evidence to convict the man. Mark, knowing this, takes cover in his house and when Helen follows him, trying to help him, she finally witnesses what he has been doing. He’s making a documentary, [[InTheBlood like his father before him]], of the fear of death, using a mirror to show the soon-to-be victims their faces full of terror. When the police find him, [[DrivenToSuicide he commits suicide]], giving his documentary an appropriate ending. The film made such a controversy that it practically destroyed Powell's career. Eventually it was VindicatedByHistory . A personal favorite of Creator/MartinScorsese. It's also one of the Greatest Films of RogerEbert.
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Mark Lewis is a deeply disturbed young man who tends to court women, usually prostitutes. They usually consider him some kind of a creep with his obsession of bringing his camera with him everywhere and filming their encounters. But they don't realize the kind of deal he has in mind until they're alone and he kills them with his tripod, but not before frightening them with something that makes them cringe with terror. Turns out he a movie camera. He works with a film crew and is a filmmaker aspirant. Some aspirant, and has a second job as a photographer of erotica. This all serves to feed his obsession with voyeurism and death, which he feeds by making his own private snuff films, killing women and filming their deaths. He also owns a boarding house, and one day he engages in conversation with the family downstairs, and befriends their daughter Helen, eventually forming relationship with her. He shares some of his home movies with her, along with his childhood problems created by his father. Turns out he used his son as an experiment in psychological fears [[AbusiveParents putting him in stressful situations and filming everything with his camera]]. The police start suspecting No one suspects clean-cut, mild-mannered Mark when a man who barely talks with other people and has his camera always running (that would be Mark), and eventually they find enough evidence to convict the man. Mark, knowing this, takes cover prostitute is found dead in his house and neighborhood, nor do they suspect him when Helen follows him, trying to help him, she finally witnesses what he has been doing. He’s making a documentary, [[InTheBlood like his father before him]], second victim is found dead on the set of the fear of death, using film he's working on. Finally a mirror to show the soon-to-be victims their faces full of terror. When chance comment from a psychiatrist leads the police to suspect Mark. Unable to escape his urges, Mark murders his third victim in circumstances that make it obvious he's the killer. He flees back to his boarding house, only to find him, that Helen has looked at his films and knows the truth about him. She begs him to turn himself in, but instead [[DrivenToSuicide he commits suicide]], giving his documentary an appropriate ending. The film made such a controversy that was highly controversial. Before it practically destroyed was released, it was heavily edited by British censors, with much of the nudity and violence cut out. It was viciously panned by critics and was a flop with audiences, and it wrecked Powell's career. Eventually it was VindicatedByHistory . VindicatedByHistory and now is esteemed as an early classic of the horror genre. A personal favorite of Creator/MartinScorsese. It's also one of the Greatest Films of RogerEbert. Creator/RogerEbert.

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Mark Lewis is a man who tends to court women, usually prostitutes. They usually consider him some kind of a creep with his obsession of bringing his camera with him everywhere * SlashersPreferBlondes: Mark's first and filming their encounters. But they don't realize the kind of deal he has in mind until they're alone and he kills them with his tripod, but not before frightening them with something that makes them cringe with terror. Turns out he works with a film crew and is a filmmaker aspirant. Some day he engages in conversation with the family downstairs, and befriends their daughter Helen, eventually forming relationship with her. He shares some of his home movies with her, along with his childhood problems created by his father. Turns out he used his son as an experiment in psychological fears [[AbusiveParents putting him in stressful situations and filming everything with his camera]]. The police start suspecting a man who barely talks with other people and has his camera always running (that would be Mark), and eventually they find enough evidence to convict the man. Mark, knowing this, takes cover in his house and when Helen follows him, trying to help him, she finally witnesses what he has been doing. He’s making a documentary, [[InTheBlood like his father before him]], of the fear of death, using a mirror to show the soon-to-be third victims their faces full of terror. When the police find him, [[DrivenToSuicide he commits suicide]], giving his documentary an appropriate ending. The film made such are a controversy that it practically destroyed Powell's career. Eventually it was VindicatedByHistory . A personal favorite of Creator/MartinScorsese. It's also one of the Greatest Films of RogerEbert. blonde prostitute and a blonde model who's posing nude for him.
4th Oct '14 11:03:01 PM jamespolk
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* {{Bowdlerise}}: When it was first released, the censors cut shots of the murders, nudity and Mark’s suicide. * {{Camera Fiend}}: Of course.
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* AloneWithThePsycho: The climax has Helen trapped with Mark in his film studio room after finding out that he's the killer. * {{Bowdlerise}}: When it was first released, the censors cut shots of the murders, nudity and Mark’s suicide. suicide. Note especially how abruptly the third murder scene, with Mark and a nude Milly, ends. * {{Camera Fiend}}: Of course.Mark is incapable of venturing out without his camera. He films all of his murders, films the police tailing him, and finally films his own suicide.

* {{Bowdlerise}}: When it was first released, DramaticIrony: Mark is about to be interviewed by the censors cut shots of the murders, nudity police and Mark’s suicide. * {{Camera Fiend}}: Of course.is filming their investigation. --> '''Clapper Boy''': Suppose they catch you?\\ '''Mark''': Oh they will. They look very efficient.\\ '''Clapper Boy''': Don't you mind?\\ '''Mark''': No.\\ '''Clapper Boy''': Mark, are you crazy?\\ '''Mark''': [laughs] Yes. Do you think they'll notice?

* {{Fanservice}}: The nudity in this film, tame for modern standards, shocked the censors in 1960. ** FanserviceExtra: Glamour model Pamela Green's nude scene was one of the first in British cinema.
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* EyeOpen: The first shot is an extreme closeup of the eye of Dora the prostitute. * {{Fanservice}}: The nudity in this film, tame for modern standards, shocked the censors in 1960. ** FanserviceExtra: 1960. Glamour model Pamela Green's nude scene was one of the first in British cinema.

* {{Foreshadowing}}: -->“He has his father's eyes.”

* IntroOnlyPointOfView * MadScientist: Mark's father.
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* IntroOnlyPointOfView IntroOnlyPointOfView: The whole opening scene is shown from the perspective of Mark's camera. * MadScientist: Mark's father.father, who psychologically tortured him in order to study fear. * MatchCut: From a model pouring a cup of coffee to a guest pouring a drink at Helen's party.

* ThePeepingTom: Mark.
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* ThePeepingTom: Mark. Surprised? Mark has a habit of watching people and staring into windows, even when he's not using his camera.

* PsychologicalHorror
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* PsychologicalHorrorPsychologicalHorror: The film is about Paul and his madness. * SerialKiller: Mark films his victims as he murders them.

* SnuffFilm: Mark's documentary.
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* SnuffFilm: Mark's documentary.documentary of the girls he's killed. * {{Streetwalker}}: One has the misfortune of running into Mark.

* ThereAreNoTherapists: Averted; there is a psychiatrist, but it's more helpful to the police than to Mark.
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* ThereAreNoTherapists: Averted; there is a psychiatrist, but it's he's more helpful to the police than to Mark.Mark--his casual comment that Mark wanted to know about Mark's father's research on voyeurism cause the police to zero in on Mark as a suspect.

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* ThereAreNoTherapists: Averted; there TroubledProduction: In-universe. The film that Mark is a psychiatrist, but it's more helpful to crewmember on was having problems with its diva lead actress. The problems get worse when the police than to Mark.corpse of Viv the stand-in is discovered in a trunk.
2nd May '14 7:17:21 PM WillBGood
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** {{FanserviceExtra}}: Glamour model Pamela Green's nude scene was one of the first in British cinema.
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** {{FanserviceExtra}}: FanserviceExtra: Glamour model Pamela Green's nude scene was one of the first in British cinema.
12th Mar '14 5:14:19 AM gallium
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* {{Bowdlerise}}: When it was first released, the censors cut shots of the murders, nudity and [[spoiler:Mark’s suicide]].
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* {{Bowdlerise}}: When it was first released, the censors cut shots of the murders, nudity and [[spoiler:Mark’s suicide]].Mark’s suicide.

* CruelAndUnusualDeath: To die watching [[spoiler:the reflection of your horrified face]] seems to be horrible.
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* CruelAndUnusualDeath: To die watching [[spoiler:the the reflection of your horrified face]] face seems to be horrible.

* ForScience: It seems to be [[spoiler:his father]]'s motto.
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** {{FanserviceExtra}}: Glamour model Pamela Green's nude scene was one of the first in British cinema. * ForScience: It seems to be [[spoiler:his father]]'s his father's motto.

-->[[spoiler:“He has his father's eyes.”]]
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-->[[spoiler:“He -->“He has his father's eyes.”]]

* SnuffFilm: [[spoiler:Mark's documentary.]]
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* SnuffFilm: [[spoiler:Mark's Mark's documentary.]]
11th Mar '14 12:57:05 PM prio
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The film made such a controversy that it practically destroyed Powell's career. Eventually it was VindicatedByHistory and is now considered one of the best films ever.
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The film made such a controversy that it practically destroyed Powell's career. Eventually it was VindicatedByHistory and is now considered one of the best films ever. VindicatedByHistory .
20th Feb '14 12:46:32 AM m8e
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A personal favorite of MartinScorsese. It's also one of the Greatest Films of RogerEbert.
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A personal favorite of MartinScorsese.Creator/MartinScorsese. It's also one of the Greatest Films of RogerEbert.
14th Sep '13 1:35:08 PM Terrie
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Turns out he works with a film crew and is a filmmaker aspirant. Some day he engages in conversation with the family downstairs, and befriends their daughter Helen, eventually forming relationship with her. He shares some of his home movies with her, along with his childhood problems created by his father. Turns out he [[spoiler:used his son as an experiment in psychological fears [[AbusiveParents putting him in stressful situations and filming everything with his camera]]]]. The police start suspecting a man who barely talks with other people and has his camera always running (that would be Mark), and eventually they find enough evidence to convict the man. Mark, knowing this, takes cover in his house and when Helen follows him, trying to help him, she finally witnesses what he has been doing. [[spoiler:He’s making a documentary, [[InTheBlood like his father before him]], of the fear of death, using a mirror to show the soon-to-be victims their faces full of terror. When the police find him, [[DrivenToSuicide he commits suicide]], giving his documentary an appropriate ending]].
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Turns out he works with a film crew and is a filmmaker aspirant. Some day he engages in conversation with the family downstairs, and befriends their daughter Helen, eventually forming relationship with her. He shares some of his home movies with her, along with his childhood problems created by his father. Turns out he [[spoiler:used used his son as an experiment in psychological fears [[AbusiveParents putting him in stressful situations and filming everything with his camera]]]]. camera]]. The police start suspecting a man who barely talks with other people and has his camera always running (that would be Mark), and eventually they find enough evidence to convict the man. Mark, knowing this, takes cover in his house and when Helen follows him, trying to help him, she finally witnesses what he has been doing. [[spoiler:He’s He’s making a documentary, [[InTheBlood like his father before him]], of the fear of death, using a mirror to show the soon-to-be victims their faces full of terror. When the police find him, [[DrivenToSuicide he commits suicide]], giving his documentary an appropriate ending]]. ending.

* DisposableSexWorker * DrivenToSuicide
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* DisposableSexWorker DisposableSexWorker: Mark targets prostitutes for his work. * DrivenToSuicideDrivenToSuicide: To avoid the police.

* FreudianExcuse
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* FreudianExcuseFreudianExcuse: Mark is turned into a killer by his father's experiments.

* InTheBlood
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* InTheBloodInTheBlood: Mark takes after his father.

* MadScientist
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* MadScientistMadScientist: Mark's father.
6th May '13 12:39:49 AM alchixinren
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* MurderDotCom: Can be seen as a precursor of sorts.
29th Jan '13 9:51:21 AM pblades
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The film made such a controversy that it practically destroyed Powell's career. Eventually it was VindicatedByHistory and now his considered one of the best films ever.
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The film made such a controversy that it practically destroyed Powell's career. Eventually it was VindicatedByHistory and is now his considered one of the best films ever.
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