Michael Powell's Peeping Tom follows the scopophile serial killer Mark. The film can be regarded as one of the classic examples of horror genre with its disturbing scenes about voyeurism. The films allows to read Freud’s subconscious and traumas, Lacan’s objet petit a and Gaze perspective. The audience's policy which is used by ingenious, Hitchcock namely ‘’assumed spectator’s gaze’’, which can be refered to contemporary surveillance and control practics go-between dissatisfaction of the desire and repetition compulsion. This gaze, which creates the desire both real and impossible can be seen as a source of the pleasures of fear, is composed in the sense of ‘’assumed spectator’s gaze’’ and represented in the diegetic space of the film. Mark kills his victims with his weaponized camera and tries to record their moments of death on camera. However, as you get closer to the victims, and therefore to the horrific face of death, nothing but a dark spot is caught by the interruption of the light. This strategy of impossibility can be seen as a translation of the traumatic repeptition compulsion and the lost object of desire into cinematic experience. The tragedy of existence is hidden in the gaze of fear in Peeping Tom.


Trauma, Gaze, Audience, Surveillance

Author : Erman BOSTAN
Number of pages: 277-299
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The Journal of Academic Social Sciences
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