Thursday, May 27, 2010

Peeping Tom

The Takeaway: It just goes to show you, all filmmakers are raving mad, psychotic serial killers. Wait. Uh, oh. So - who wants ta come over for dinner?

The granddaddy of all POV films is a stunning exploration of the psychotic mind in gorgeous technicolor glory! Mashes up some nice fetishes all into one package - voyeurism and stalking, and apparently killing people with a tripod. I know, the tripod thing is a little known fetish, but if you've ever been on the film festival circuit...

I always walk the line of enjoying motivation for a killer and not wanting to know why they do what they do. Usually I think it's far more frightening not to know. Without motive, the unpredictable is the only expectation. And that is truly horrifying - not knowing when, where, or how someone will strike. On the flip side, when done well (Silence of the Lambs comes to mind with Buffalo Bill) a motive can be used to up the creep factor to dizzying effect. Such is Peeping Tom. When we learn what we learned, I got the icky-wicky feelings inside me bubbling up to the surface and not just from the burrito/Red Bull combo I had prior to the screening.

This should be required viewing for all horror and thriller fans. End of story. Enjoy, kiddies! It's a Twilight Zone Marathon!

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