Peeping Tom (1960)

Part of the Classic British Horror

Director: Michael Powell
Certificate: BBFC 15
Format: 35mm
Language: English

The second in our Classic British Horror Season, from the 1960s.

A British masterpiece, Peeping Tom is a psychological thriller/horror, which explores voyeurism and violence, Michael Powell’s extraordinary film is the story of a lonely psychopathic cameraman—his childhood traumas, sexual crises, and murderous revenge as an adult.

On the surface its a Freudian psychological horror, but beneath it's a film about us in the audience. In his review of the film, Robert Egbert states that, "The movies make us into voyeurs. We sit in the dark, watching other people's lives. It is the bargain the cinema strikes with us, although most films are too well-behaved to mention it."

Watch the trailer:

Plus special guest: Ken Robinson, Psychoanalyst (British Psychoanalytical Society) will lead a discussion after the film screening

The Fall of Michael Powell and the Rise of Peeping Tom

It is sad to say that this complex and disturbing film destroyed Michael Powell's career.  Upon its release it was met with such critcal backlash and controversy over its sympathetic portrayal of the psychologiaclly messed up sexual deviant and serial killer that the distributor pulled it after only a week.  But thank heavens for Martin Scorsese who helped unearth a print in 1979 for the New York film festival where it finally claimed the acknowledgement it deserved.


Other films in the Classic British Horror:


Film: Hammer Horror's Dracula (1958)

11 Oct 2009, 7:30 p.m.

To start our Classic British Horror Season in style, we will screen the quintessentially British 'Dracula'! Brought to you by Hammer House of Horror in the 1950s, starring Christopher Lee as the blood sucker and Peter Cushing as possibly the best cinema Van Helsing! Don't dare see it…alone! Plus special guest: Cultural historian extraordinaire, Gail-Nina Anderson, will introduce and lead a discussion after the film.


Film: Tales From The Crypt (1972)

25 Oct 2009, 7:30 p.m.

Five unfortunate people find themselves lost in a vault with a mysterious crypt-keeper as their host. As each is told the story of their last moments, we look on in horror… DEATH LIVES in the vault of horror! Plus special guest: Professor Peter Hutchings, Professor of Film Studies at Northumbria University and expert in British Horror, will introduce and lead a discussion after the film.


Film: Hallowe'en Double Bill Party

31 Oct 2009, 8 p.m.

October has been leading up to this… A double bill of horror to end the Classic British Horror Season and, of course, Hallowe'en!