9) Peeping Tom (1960)
Peeping Tom deeply wounded the career of the great British director Michael Powell (Black Narcissus, The Red Shoes), falling largely into obscurity like so many films do for being ahead of their time. Peeping Tom follows amateur filmmaker (and part-time pornographer)-turned-serial killer Mark Lewis. Mark films his murders in hopes of editing them into a documentary masterpiece. A complex meditation on violence in film with strong Freudian and psychosexual elements, its innovative technical achievements and thought-provoking plot were overshadowed in its day by the public unease with its sexualized violence and dark subject matter. While it has since been subject to positive critical reappraisal and has influenced the generation of directors after it (including luminaries like Scorsese and Tarantino), it is in need of serious rediscovery from the larger film-loving population.
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