StudioCanal has revealed a trailer for the 4k restoration of Michael Powell’s classic horror Peeping Tom, which heads to cinemas later this month.
Michael Powell will always be inextricably linked with fellow filmmaker Emeric Pressburger, with whom he made countless classic films including A Matter Of Life And Death and Black Narcissus, amongst many others.
But Powell was a prolific director in his own right, and in 1960 he made what many consider to be the first slasher film – Peeping Tom.
Though it courted controversy for it’s violent subject matter, the film is now viewed as a classic of the genre, and it is now heading back to cinemas in a brand new 4K restoration, that’s debut at the London Film Festival.
The synopsis reads as follows:
Mark (Carl Boehm), a focus puller at a local film studio, supplements his wages taking glamour photographs in a seedy studio above a newsagent. By night he is a sadistic killer, stalking his victims with his camera forever in his hand trying to capture the look of genuine, unadulterated fear – an obsession that stems from his disturbing and terrifying childhood at the hands of his scientist father. Mark slowly becomes enamoured with Helen (Anna Massey), who lives with her blind mother (Maxine Audley) in the flat downstairs, but how long before he turns the deadly gaze of his camera towards her? The second film from visionary director Michael Powell, following his major run of 1940s and 50s classics collaborating with screenwriter Emeric Pressburger, Peeping Tom left Powell’s career in tatters and the film was made unavailable for many years. Peeping Tom has since become recognised as a watershed in genre cinema, its themes of voyeurism and psychopathy proving hugely influential on the evolution of the slasher movie.
Powell directed the film from a screenplay by Leo Marks.
Peeping Tom will be released in select UK cinemas on the 27th October before being released on DVD, Blu-ray and streaming services on the 29th January. Special features will include a 32 page book, documentaries and an introduction by Martin Scorsese and audio commentary from Professor Ian Christie. You can pre-order here, and find more details on the release.
Watch the trailer for the new release below:
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