It’s often been said that cinema is an inherently voyeuristic art form, by definition allowing viewers to look in on other people’s, albeit fictional, lives. Some filmmakers explore this subject directly, like Alfred Hitchcock with Psycho and more explicitly, Rear Window. The latter has influenced countless works throughout film and television history and its legacy continues into the 2020s, serving as a direct inspiration for the appropriately named 2021 erotic thriller The Voyeurs, starring Sydney Sweeney and Natasha Liu Bordizzo. The Voyeurs focuses on the sexual aspect of voyeurism and how it can lead to the development of parasocial relationships but keeps viewers guessing with a sinister third-act twist.
The Voyeurs puts Sydney Sweeney and Natasha Liu Bordizzo into a parasocial relationship that is inspired by Hitchcock’s Rear Window.