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What The Cat Dragged In
PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2008 4:33 pm  Reply with quote



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I just saw this one last night. Despite predating Psycho by a month, I would still pick Hitch's masterpiece over this one. With that being said, Peeping Tom is a pretty brilliant movie.

I have to admit that I was initially expecting a very violent film considering all the controversy that has surrounded this one since the very beginning. It's obvious to me now, though, that the film angered many because of how voyeuristic it is. Now, this isn't exactly the first suspense/horror film to come around that had a voyeuristic quality (Rear Window predates it), but this one's a bit different than the norm. The main character (and killer) is named Mark Lewis and he videotapes his killings. Often, we get shown the footage of the murders as they're taking place.

He keeps telling people that he's making a documentary when they ask about the camera. In a way, he is. After the murders, he goes home and watches his "work." Sometimes, he goes back to the scene of the crime and films the actions of the police. He watches that stuff too when he gets home.

The most interesting camera shots take place when he's in the confines of his home. After reading Roger Ebert's "Greatest Movies" essay on this film, I had to rewatch one of the scenes. I was blown away by something I didn't initially catch. In Roger's own words, "Later we see the same footage in Mark's screening room, in a remarkable shot from behind Mark's head. As the camera pulls back, the image on the screen moves in for a closeup, so the face of the victim effectively remains the same size as Mark's head shrinks. In one shot, [Michael] Powell show us a member of the audience being diminished by the power of the cinematic vision. Other movies let us enjoy voyeurism; this one extracts a price."

Amazing. Brilliant stuff right there.

The scares are few and far between, but this one's got a lot more going on than your trypical slasher film. The camera is life, sex and death in this movie. Please, see it.

8/10
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Dr. Mirakle
PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2008 10:20 pm  Reply with quote



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This one is on my "must see" list. Hopefully I'll get around to it someday.
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Sam Hell
PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2008 10:38 pm  Reply with quote



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This really is a brilliant little film. It also has the benefit of being released on DVD by The Criterion Collection. If you have Netflix, put it further towards the top of your list.
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What The Cat Dragged In
PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2008 5:28 pm  Reply with quote



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Yes, definitely throw it on top of the Netflix list. It's well worth it.
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TrinityJ
PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2008 5:04 pm  Reply with quote



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I ahvent seen this film yet, but im pretty sure ive seen the scene you are talking about with the shrinking head.
Thsi is the best trailer i could find on Youtube.
How many people are killed in the movie? And are the murder scenes gory?

http://youtube.com/watch?v=lPbYQBoLZKA&feature=related
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Sam Hell
PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2008 3:20 am  Reply with quote



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TrinityJ wrote:
I ahvent seen this film yet, but im pretty sure ive seen the scene you are talking about with the shrinking head.
Thsi is the best trailer i could find on Youtube.
How many people are killed in the movie? And are the murder scenes gory?

http://youtube.com/watch?v=lPbYQBoLZKA&feature=related


I don't recall how many were killed, but this film came out in 1960. So don't expect gore. Expect a good story with some creepy atmosphere.
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macready
PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 10:35 am  Reply with quote



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this is a classic for a reason. i think this should be required viewing for serious horror buffs.

i think its not something everyone will like. if you can remember the time when it came out, and appreciate the ideas and like a movie with substance, then this is a movie for you.

if you are younger and your experience with horror movies is all the franchises from the 80s, then you'll probably just think its weird to see a horror movie about something. Mr. Green
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2011 6:04 am  Reply with quote



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I saw Peeping Tom. I still can't decide whether I liked it or not. It was really weird.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2011 7:08 am  Reply with quote



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I saw Peeping Tom. I still can't decide whether I liked it or not. It was really weird.
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Well, I moved recently and am on a "1.5" floor of a 3 apartment building... We have a VERY large picture window that looks right on to the sidewalk.
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I found a CO St. Patrol investigator Bufkin arrested for trying to peep at women in dressing rooms at Kolls by doing a simple web search.
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angrybats66
PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2011 7:06 pm  Reply with quote



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Everything about this film has pretty much been said already. It's a must for horror fans. Brilliant piece of cinema--the kind of thing that students watch in film school when they're introduced to psychoanalytic film theory.

Originally, critics hated Peeping Tom when it was released. I think they were just uncomfortable with watching their own voyeuristic tendencies on the big screen.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 3:40 am  Reply with quote



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their is also a porno movie called peeping tom, and i happened to accidently see it, stupid torrents.
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