What the Peeper Saw

What the Peeper Saw or Night Child is a 1972 horror film directed by James Kelley and Andrea Bianchi and starring Mark Lester, Britt Ekland, Hardy Krüger and Lilli Palmer.

What the Peeper Saw
Directed by
Produced by
Screenplay by
Music byStelvio Cipriani[1]
Edited byNicholas Wentworth[1]
  • Corona Filmproduktion
  • Leander Cinematografica S.r.l.
  • Leisure Media
  • Eguiluz Films
  • Cemo Film[1]
Release date
  • 14 October 1972 (1972-10-14) (Italy)
  • 6 February 1973 (1973-02-06) (West Germany)
Running time
89 minutes
  • United Kingdom
  • Spain
  • Italy
  • United States
  • West Germany[1]


Marcus is a twelve-year-old schoolboy whose mother has recently died, leaving it up to his wealthy father Paul to look after him. He takes a sexual interest in his stepmother Elise. She notices his abnormal behaviour and investigates by visiting his school after discovering a torn-up letter from his headmaster. Elise is shocked by her findings. She becomes increasingly disturbed and wonders if Marcus is to blame for his mother's death. She enlists the help of psychiatrist Dr Viorne to find answers.



What the Peeper Saw was released in Italy on 14 October 1972 and in West Germany on 7 February 1973.[1]


  1. "Der Zeuge hinter der Wand" (in German). Filmportal.de. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
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