What is voyeurism? When a person (the voyeur) receives sexual pleasure from seeing somebody/people involved in intimate behaviours. This is most common with men being the ‘voyeurs’ and the women being sexualised.
Peeping Tom This film tends to have a fascination with voyeurism. The two main characters of Peeping Tom are both voyeurs. At the beginning of the film , when Mark murders a prostitute, the audience are implicated as voyeurs. The cameraman lets us, as the audience, see exactly what the character is seeing through the lens of his camera as he prepares to film the female’s disgusting death. The camera is focused on as a crucial prop to represent voyeurism. The character demonstrates this through his involvement with the camera and with the filmmaking process. This voyeuristic notion is also established by the scene where Mark, having filmed the horrific murder, sits at home alone to watch what he has filmed; his “documentary”. The murder is shown from three different perspectives. We see what the character is seeing from his viewpoint, we also see what the characters’ camera is viewing and thus his “directorial” vision. Additionally, we see what the victim saw at the precise moment of her death.
Psycho This film also includes voyeurism. The most frequent voyeur in this is Norman Bates (the film’s villain). Firstly, before the protagonist Marion Crane even reaches the Bates Motel, it is clear that she is being watched; through the way she is questioned and then followed all the way to LA by a police officer. The scenes involving the police officer are quite obviously voyeuristic, with the police officer watching her from across the street. Alfred Hitchcock portrays these scenes as dangerous. Once she reaches the Motel, she is under male observation all the way up until the well-known shower scene. Conclusively, she is sexualised throughout the movie.