What the Peeper Saw (1971)

Genres - Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Family Drama, Psychological Thriller  |   Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - UK  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Oliver! star Mark Lester undertook a change of pace - and then some - with this uncomfortable, Bad Seed-like shocker. He plays Marcus, the preteen son of a recently-remarried, well-to-do writer, whose first wife (Marcus's mother) died a mysterious death. Marcus simultaneously resents his stepmother and feels erotically drawn to her; in desperation, he quickly and aggressively drives her to the point of a psychotic breakdown. He then quietly confesses his act of matricide to the stepmom and implores her to off her husband and abscond with the insurance monies.

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destruction, family-strife, marriage, nightmare, step-relative, stepson, wealth, writing