6.0/10
480
19 user 14 critic

What the Peeper Saw (1972)

Diabólica malicia (original title)
A wealthy author's second wife begins to suspect that her 12 year old stepson may have murdered his mother, who mysteriously died in a bathtub accident.

Directors:

(as James Kelly), (as Andrew White)

Writers:

(original screenplay), | 2 more credits »
Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Nachttocht (TV Movie 1982)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Director: Nick van den Boezem
Stars: Tim Beekman, Peter Broekaert, Abel Claassen
Amuck (1972)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A writer's secretary tries to find her missing friend and uncovers a murder plot.

Director: Silvio Amadio
Stars: Farley Granger, Barbara Bouchet, Rosalba Neri
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

David Warbeck stars an instructor who marries a traumatized, crippled woman. The wife is tormented by a traumatic event that happended. What is even more unfortunate is that her marriage is... See full summary »

Director: Alberto De Martino
Stars: Christina Nagy, David Warbeck, Carroll Blumenberg
Certificate: GP Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A bridal design shop owner kills various young brides-to-be in an attempt to unlock a repressed childhood trauma that's causing him to commit murder.

Director: Mario Bava
Stars: Stephen Forsyth, Dagmar Lassander, Laura Betti
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Three children are born at the height of an eclipse of the sun. Ten years later, they begin to murder the people around them - even their family members.

Director: Ed Hunt
Stars: Lori Lethin, Melinda Cordell, Julie Brown
Malicious (1973)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A widower and two of his sons become infatuated by their beautiful housekeeper, and all three set out to seduce her using their own unique methods.

Director: Salvatore Samperi
Stars: Laura Antonelli, Turi Ferro, Alessandro Momo
Erotic Images (1983)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Director: Declan Langan
Stars: Edd Byrnes, Britt Ekland, Lindsay Freeman
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Two low-life punks invite themselves to a party at a posh villa and after being taunted by their snobbish hosts, hold everyone hostage and subject them to various forms of torture and mayhem.

Director: Ruggero Deodato
Stars: David Hess, Annie Belle, Christian Borromeo
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Scientists discovers that there are six children who each have an enormous intelligence. The children are flown to London to be studied, but they each escape their embassy and gather in a ... See full summary »

Director: Anton Leader
Stars: Ian Hendry, Alan Badel, Barbara Ferris
Joshua (2007)
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

The arrival of a newborn girl causes the gradual disintegration of the Cairn family; particularly for 9-year-old Joshua (Kogan), an eccentric boy whose proper upbringing and refined tastes both take a sinister turn.

Director: George Ratliff
Stars: Sam Rockwell, Vera Farmiga, Jacob Kogan
The Other (1972)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Down in the farm country of the US twins are born. One of them turns out to be good, while the other becomes rather evil.

Director: Robert Mulligan
Stars: Uta Hagen, Diana Muldaur, Chris Udvarnoky
Enigma rosso (1978)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A detective investigating the murder of a teenage girl begins to focus his suspicions on the three girlfriends of the victim, who call themselves "The Inseparables."

Director: Alberto Negrin
Stars: Fabio Testi, Christine Kaufmann, Ivan Desny
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Marcus
...
Elise
...
Paul
...
Dr. Viorne
...
Headmaster
...
Sophie
Colette Giacobine ...
Sarah (as Collette Jack)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ricardo Palacios
Emilio Rodríguez
Ricardo Valle
Edit

Storyline

In this stylish and atmospheric psychological thriller reminiscent of Henry James's Turn of the Screw, a widowed English writer brings a young, glamorous new bride to his bleak, isolated home in rural Spain. She soon becomes obsessed with her 12-year old stepson, who she learns has just been expelled from school for mysterious offenses; while the boy enjoys, exploits, and feeds her increasing paranoia about him. That he is a brilliant and lonely child is obvious. But is he the victim of a neurotic woman's overwrought imagination-- in Shakespeare's words, the innocent flower, or the serpent under it? Written by Paul Emmons <pemmons@wcupa.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

What he saw is what he did.


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

| | |

Language:

|

Release Date:

14 October 1972 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Night Child  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (uncut)

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Mark Lester appears nude in the film, but his bare bottom and his groin are not seen. See more »

Quotes

Marcus: Yes?
Elise: Marcus, it's Paul on the phone from Paris.
Marcus: Okay. Come in! Hello? Hello, Paul. Yes, chickenpox, that's right. The flight was fine. Yes? She's very beautiful. That's goes without saying. I'm sure we will. Quiet sure. Okay. Here she is.
Elise: Paul? Hmm? Darling it's a terrible Yes? Saturday night dinner with Clive? Huh? You don't have to explain. Paul?
[Marcus touches Elise's clothed breasts]
Elise: I must go.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Problem Child, eat your heart out.
6 July 2008 | by (Happy Land, who lives in a Gumdrop House on Lolly Pop Lane) – See all my reviews

Seeing that this flick was about a pervert kid I almost instinctively picked it up. Even though I was intrigued about the story-line, the expectations of this flick was pretty low. I was pretty much just hoping for a couple scenes of nudity, ya know, some bosoms. Not only did I get some bosoms, I also was treated with a decent lil flick.

The story's main focus is on a lady named Elease who's now the wife of a very wealthy man named Paul. Somewhat recently Paul's previous wife, Sara, accidentally died in a bathtub mishap. Paul and Sara had one child together, and that is Marcus, the original problem child. ;) Marcus, Paul and Elease are trying to begin a new life together, but not all is going so smoothly and things begin heading down the wrong path.

The Night Child aka What the Peeper Saw was definitely a neat little flick, that surprised me on a few accounts. With only three main characters really, and what seems to be moderate acting abilities in all, the film still managed to keep the viewer (me) interested in what the next scene would bring. Elease and Marcus lead the show. With Elease's beautiful face and ability to keep the viewer (me) waiting for more nudity, she did a fine job with her respective role. But the kid who played Marcus did a very good job as the weirdo, neurotic lead. His mature, intellectual approach really was well-done and pretty damn entertaining. Even though he felt robotic at times, it seemed to add to his weirdass vibe.

With a story that involves a bizarre little kid, and where you're second guessing his motives and his behavior, and a lead actress who is gorgeous, you've got the makings of a very good film. The pacing does have it's problems and some scenes do go on for a tad too long, but overall The Night Child was a nice surprise.


14 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?