Dir. Michael Powell. UK 1960. 1h 42m. Starring Carl Boehm, Moira Shearer, Anna Massey
Critically mauled upon its release, this groundbreaking horror film was released in the same year as Hitchcock’s Psycho and has just as much to say about audiences’ insatiable hunger for terror.
A young man murders women, using a camera to film their dying expressions.
“Misplaced critical vitriol torpedoed the original 1960 release of director Michael Powell’s psycho-horror. Fifty years later, it’s an undisputed British masterpiece.” ~ Tom Dawson, Total Film
“If anything deserves the “dark masterpiece” tag, this does: a brilliant satirical insight into the neurotic, pornographic element in the act of filming, more relevant than ever in the age of reality television and CCTV.” ~ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
Catherine Bray is currently the Editorial Director at Film4. She also freelances for the BBC, Channel Five, BFI, The Guardian, Time Out and Variety, and has written and presented sections of the BBC’s flagship film show on BBC1. Catherine has also produced two documentary features: Beyond Clueless (2014) and Fear Itself (2015).