The antipodean They're A Weird Mob was on of his final films before his death in Retrieved 18 September Unfortunately for Powell, the critics could find none of Psycho's black humour in his sober tome. Peeping Tom ' s depiction of violence and its lurid sexual content made it a controversial film on initial release  and the critical backlash heaped on the film was a major factor in finishing Powell's career as a director in the United Kingdom. According to Paul Wells, the film deals with the anxieties of British culture in regarding sexual repressionpatriarchal obsession, voyeuristic pleasure and perverse violence. The police link the two murders and notice that each victim died with a look of utter terror on her face. In his early career, Powell worked as a stills photographer and in other positions on Hitchcock's films, and the two were friends throughout their careers.
He has mounted a round mirror atop his camera, so that he can capture the reactions of his victims as they see their impending deaths.
Her initial reception on the set was one of polite British reserve - until Powell unleashed his Jekyll and Hyde personality and she became one among many targets for his boorish, intimidating manner. Retrieved 31 July His love interest Helen has her own fascination with a morbid gaze. A psychiatrist is called to the set to console Diane, the upset star of the film. Its mauling in newsprint was so fierce and misjudged that one of the culprits, the Sunday Times's Dilys Powell, would famously end up apologising for her earlier verdict, belatedly declaring the film a masterpiece.