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A young man murders women, using a movie camera to film their dying expressions of terror.


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Mark Lewis (as Carl Boehm)
Helen Stephens
Mrs. Stephens
Elderly Gentleman Customer
Arthur Baden
Dr. Rosen
Don Jarvis
Chief Insp. Gregg
Pauline Shields (as Shirley Ann Field)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Small Man (uncredited)
William Baskiville ...
Policeman (uncredited)
Det. Baxter (uncredited)
Jack Carter ...
St John's Medic (uncredited)
John Chappell ...
Clapper Boy (uncredited)
Shop Assistant on Film Set (uncredited)
Young Man in Sports Car (uncredited)
Det. Sgt. Miller (uncredited)
John Dunbar ...
Police Doctor (uncredited)
Maurice Durant ...
Publicity Chief (uncredited)
Girl Electrician (uncredited)
Girl in Sports Car Leaving Studio (uncredited)
Veronica Hurst ...
Miss Simpson - Jarvis' Secretary (uncredited)
M. Le Compte ...
Lover in Garden (uncredited)
Mme. Le Compte ...
Lover in Garden (uncredited)
Bartlett Mullins ...
Mr. Peters - News Agent Shop Owner (uncredited)
Margaret Neale ...
Mark's Stepmother (uncredited)
Columba Powell ...
Mark as a Child (uncredited)
Mark's Father - A.N. Lewis (uncredited)
Guy Kingsley Poynter ...
P. Tate - Studio Cameraman (uncredited)
Frankie Reidy ...
Mark's Mother on Deathbed (uncredited)
Alan Rolfe ...
Store Detective (uncredited)
Electrician #1 (uncredited)
Peggy Thorpe-Bates ...
Mrs. Partridge (uncredited)
Lorraine the Model (uncredited)
Robert Vossler ...
Policeman (uncredited)
Brian Wallace ...
Tony - Downstairs Lodger in Lewis' House (uncredited)
Billy Wilmot ...
Sound Man (uncredited)
Brian Worth ...
Assistant Director (uncredited)

Directed by

Michael Powell

Written by

Leo Marks ... (original story)
Leo Marks ... (screenplay)

Produced by

Albert Fennell ... associate producer (uncredited)
Michael Powell ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

Brian Easdale

Cinematography by

Otto Heller ... (photographed by)

Film Editing by

Noreen Ackland

Editorial Department

Alma Godfrey ... assistant editor (uncredited)
John Rushton ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Art Direction by

Arthur Lawson

Makeup Department

Pearl Orton ... hairdresser
W.T. Partleton ... makeup artist (as W.J. Partleton)

Production Management

Alfred W. Marcus ... production manager (as Al Marcus)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Ted Sturgis ... assistant director
Denis Johnson Jr. ... second assistant director (uncredited)
Carl Mannin ... third assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

Ivor Beddoes ... assistant art director
Don Picton ... set dresser
Ronnie Udell ... construction manager (as Ronald Udell)
Maurice Pelling ... draughtsman (uncredited)

Sound Department

Malcolm Cooke ... sound editor
Gordon K. McCallum ... sound recordist (as Gordon McCallum)
C.C. Stevens ... sound recordist
Simon Kaye ... sound department (uncredited)
Gordon K. McCallum ... sound mixer (uncredited) / sound (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Vic Smith ... chief electrician (as Victor E. Smith)
Gerry Turpin ... camera operator
Jim Body ... focus puller (uncredited)
Derek V. Browne ... focus puller (uncredited)
Norman Gryspeerdt ... still photographer (uncredited)
Jimmy Hopewell ... clapper loader (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Polly Peck ... dresses: Miss Anna Massey
Dickie Richardson ... wardrobe
John Tullis ... dress: Miss Moira Shearer (as John Tullis of Horrockses)
Vi Garnham ... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)

Music Department

Brian Easdale ... music director
Angela Morley ... composer: percussion numbers (as Wally Stott)
Freddie Phillips ... composer: dance music
Gordon Watson ... musician: solo piano

Script and Continuity Department

Rita Davison ... continuity

Additional Crew

Nat Cohen ... presenter
Judith Coxhead ... production assistant
Stuart Levy ... presenter
Bill Paton ... production assistant (as William J. Paton)
Bill Burnside ... publicist (uncredited)
Tommy Linden ... choreographer: Ms. Shearer (uncredited)
George Harrison Marks ... photographic consultant (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Plot Summary

Mark Lewis, works as a focus puller in a British film studio. On his off hours, he supplies a local porno shop with cheesecake photos and also dabbles in filmmaking. A lonely, unfriendly, sexually repressed fellow, Mark is obsessed with the effects of fear and how they are registered on the face and behavior of the frightened. This obsession dates from the time when, as a child, he served as the subject of some cold-blooded experiments in terror conducted by his own scientist father. As a grown man, Mark becomes a compulsive murderer who kills women and records their contorted features and dying gasps on film. His ongoing project is a documentary on fear. With 16mm camera in hand, he accompanies a prostitute to her room and stabs her with a blade concealed in his tripod, all the while photographing her contorted face in the throes of terror and death. Alone in his room, he surrounds himself with the sights and sounds of terror: taped screams, black-and-white "home movies" of convulsed faces. At his house, he meets Helen Stephens, a young woman who lives with her blind mother in a downstairs flat. She visits his flat, where he shows her black-and-white films that were taken of him when he was a child. She is horrified to see that his father used him as a guinea pig in various experiments, taking movies of his reactions of fear. Written by alfiehitchie

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Taglines Stark Terror Meets Art in a Deadly Game of Cat and Mouse. (DVD) See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Face of Fear (United States)
  • Le voyeur (France)
  • Augen der Angst (Germany)
  • El fotógrafo del pánico (Spain)
  • Peeping Tom - En tyvtitter (Norway)
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  • 101 min
Aspect Ratio
  • 1.66 : 1 (original & negative ratio / European theatrical ratio)
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Budget GBP135,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia Many critics of the time were offended by Michael Powell's use of himself and his real life son as Mark Lewis's father and the young Mark Lewis respectively. They thought Powell overly identified with the movie and that the use of his son bordered on abuse. In interviews as an adult, Powell's son has admitted he finds these criticisms laughable. See more »
Goofs Mark has a strong German accent, despite it being shown that he has lived in England all his life and had English parents. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in A Pretty British Affair (1981). See more »
Quotes Mark Lewis: Do you know what the most frightening thing in the world is? It's fear.
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