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½ April 14, 2016
Freaky child horror, done Italian style! The delightful Britt Ekland is a big draw for me, and I really enjoyed this one quite a bit.

Rental!
½ March 28, 2016
Britt Ekland is the new young wife of novelist Hardy Kruger. Her relationship with his young son (Mark Lester of "Oliver!") takes on a sinister edge as she becomes increasingly convinced of his sinister motives. This Italian/British co-production is sort of an immensely sleazy take on "The Turn of the Screw" as we become unsure whether Lester is the villain or Ekland is crazy. This film was originally released as a double feature in the UK with "Don't Look Now", but was withdrawn and re-cut in the late 70's to remove several scenes where Lester appears in the same scenes as a nude Ekland. This is an undeniably controversial and discomfort inducing film, but it kind of works despite being clumsily put together. It's far from a conventionally good film, but it has a creepy atmosphere.
March 24, 2016
Very disturbing and gripping. Mark Lester is awesome !
½ June 27, 2015
What the Peeper Saw is a film with potential. It has the right ideas of mixing nudity, sexuality, controversial subject matter, murder, and mystery together. Unfortunately, the nudity isn't substantial, erotic, nor is it truly explored the way the film hints it should be. The controversy is there involving a young boy intimately with an adult female sure. But to play it safe, the film doesn't go very far with the whole concept. The murder takes place and is the main reason for the mystery, suspense, and generally the entire film but for lovers of violence and gore, you'll be disappointed.
What the Peeper Saw relies a great deal on nudity, spectacle, and intreague to sell itself. The title is a little misleading as there really isn't any peeping in the film (a missed opportunity imo).
Outside the controversy and nudity, the film doesn't really offer up much entertainment. It's a standard murder mystery film where one member of the cast figures things out but nobody believes them. Audience members will likely leave the film thinking "why?" rather than "who?" or "what?" or "how?" and perhaps that is the intention.
I can't really recommend the film. It doesn't have enough substance but those who know of the controversy and are curious might want to check it out. It's not a terrible film, it's just not a good story.
December 25, 2014
There's a few scenes that are outright creepy ...and not in a horrifying way. I can see why the BBFC made them chop out a few (the asylum dream sequence specifically because it serves no purpose other than to make the viewer feel a little bit pervy). Luckily these instances are brief and you rebound right along with the movie as it returns to being a pretty great portrayal of psychological warfare between Eklund and the kid from Oliver.

Oh and the last second surprise ending is absolutely greattt.
October 27, 2012
A disturbed twelve year old boy seems to dislike his hot new 22 year old stepmom. Dad dismisses his spying on her in bed through a peephole. Some strange parts to this one, not the least of which is the long ending kiss stepmom gives the boy.
April 12, 2012
Film that clings hard to a 70s feel. Stepmom and son battle each other while Dad fails Parenting 101 repeatedly. A few confusing twists, mostly due to crucial scenes edited out of the 'Peeper' version. Would seem to be rather controversial subject matter for then or now.
January 23, 2011
A disturbed twelve year old boy seems to dislike his hot new 22 year old stepmom. Dad dismisses his spying on her in bed through a peephole. Some strange parts to this one, not the least of which is the long ending kiss stepmom gives the boy.
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