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Lloyd Gills, a lonely Peeping Tom is propositioned to murder his landlord's wife. Spooked, he runs for the hills. But with a badass debt collector hot on his tail, Lloyd has no choice but ... See full summary »

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Mark Applegate ...
Lloyd's Dad
Shannon Bracken ...
Miss Parker
Daniel Flores Carrera ...
Manuel
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The Gardener
Justin Fill ...
Dark Elf
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Phil
Suzanna Hartzell-Baird ...
Yoga Instructor
Ryan M. McCarty ...
Sunglasses Buddy
Martin Monahan ...
Lloyd Gills
Brady O'Hart ...
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New Customer
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Leon
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College Guy
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Young Lloyd
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Lloyd Gills, a lonely Peeping Tom is propositioned to murder his landlord's wife. Spooked, he runs for the hills. But with a badass debt collector hot on his tail, Lloyd has no choice but to agree to the murderous offer. Armed with a hammer and a one-way ticket out of town, Lloyd sets about the grisly deed, only to discover that his mark is a Peeping Tom herself. Soon they begin to fall in love and decide to turn the tables on her crazy husband. But can a messed up pervert like Lloyd make off with the money and the girl? Written by Jiilo_Kim

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Dark humor and clever plot combine for superb entertainment
11 November 2012 | by (Warsaw) – See all my reviews

Nowadays, it's hard to find a really amusing and – at the same time – devilishly clever comedy that is as positively ridiculous as it is suspenseful. Pervertigo proves to be sort of a fresh eye- opener, in the sense that it unhesitatingly ponders sex and deviations in the most expressive manner, and shows the audiences that the infamous Peeping Tom routine can actually be attributed to each and every one of us. After all, people find great pleasure in watching others from a safe place somewhere in the distance, don't they?

Lloyd – the protagonist of the film – exemplifies the 'bored' generation. He doesn't have any ambitions or certain goals in his life. Living in a peculiarly quiet and peaceful town, he spends every day working at a small shop, which specializes in repairing electronic devices. However, under cover of darkness he shows his true nature – 'almost' like James Stewart in Rear Window Lloyd grabs his precious binoculars and snoops on (mostly naked) women living across the street. Unfortunately, his perverted presence is detected. After a few strong insults and comparatively heavy punches Lloyd is forced to move out. For an overt deviant without any previous living references finding a new home isn't that easy. And still, when Lloyd finally moves into a narrow yet cozy apartment, his neighbor gives him an offer he (rather) can't refuse – big money for spying on a disloyal wife. This awkward yet seemingly innocent proposition is the cause for Lloyd's gradual plunge into the depths of sick and twisted madness. His growing affection for the woman turns out to be a quick way towards total chaos. One problem creates another one, and soon the broke and distressed Lloyd finds himself on a path with no return.

Blending what's best in Tarantino and Rodriguez's dark humor, Pervertigo gives a credible amount of unforeseen and entertaining twists. The film only confirms that first impressions can be greatly misleading. Many people, perfectly normal on the outside, are capable of doing very sick and awful things. After a while it becomes clear that Lloyd – even given his affection towards peeping at other people's intimate moments – is actually the most ordinary and the most innocent guy in the crowd of many twisted and insane characters that the viewers see on screen. Here we have a lonely nerd who loves cosplaying and irritating others around him; a killer, whose only weakness is Doo-woop music; a long-legged, beautiful blonde who loves to play perverted games; a repair-shop boss who is only interested in abusing others and picking up women; and finally, a mysterious and strange neighbor who loves eating snow cones every day.

Pervertigo not only makes one laugh, but also makes one think. Think about the omnipresence of perversity in the contemporary world, and the way this picture corresponds to people's most hidden and demoralizing needs. What's more, this satisfying crime-comedy plays a game with the idea of cinema in general – after all, it's safe to say that watching films is a lot like watching others, just without the risk of being caught.


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