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Frenzy

Jon Finch , Barry Foster , Alfred Hitchcock    R (Restricted)   VHS Tape
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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Alfred Hitchcock's penultimate film, written by Anthony Shaffer (who also wrote Sleuth), this delightfully grisly little tale features an all-British cast minus star wattage, which may have accounted for its relatively slim showing in the States. Jon Finch plays a down-on-his-luck Londoner who is offered some help by an old pal (Barry Foster). In fact, Foster is a serial killer the police have been chasing--and he's framing Finch. Which leads to a classic Hitchcock situation: a guiltless man is forced to prove his innocence while eluding Scotland Yard at the same time. Spiked with Hitchcock's trademark dark humor, Frenzy also features a very funny subplot about the Scotland Yard investigator (Alec McCowen) in charge of the case, who must endure meals by a wife (Vivien Merchant) who is taking a gourmet-cooking class. --Marshall Fine

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5.0 out of 5 stars Hitch's Final Masterpiece May 26 2004
Format:DVD
What can be said that has not already been noted? Hitchcocks penultimate film, FRENZY was a return to form after a rough period in the late 60's.
It has it all- the familiar, yet still exciting premise, the mix of suspense and black humor so prevalent in his classic films. Yes, it is violent at times, but the remarkable thing is that restraint and taste ARE still excercised here- it may have received an R rating, but do not expect FRENZY to have anywhere near the nudity and violence we see in today's films.
Hitch also chose to use a cast void of big names- he probably felt, after TORN CURTAIN, and considering the grisly subject matter, that having stars may hurt the credibility, and he was probably right. I don't know Jon Finch as anyone BUT his character, and that is a plus here.
What is most impressive is that, even in his 70's, the Master had lost none of his imagination- the film is well-paced, and there are several incredible camera shots (including the long camera pull away from our murderers' apartment, just as he's invited his next victim in).
Mildly underappreciated today, FRENZY is perhaps not in a league with NORTH BY NORTHWEST, but definitely deserves to be ranked with several of his best films: compared alongside FOREGIN CORRESPONDENT, ROPE, STRANGERS ON A TRAIN, DIAL M FOR MURDER, THE BIRDS, MARNIE, etc. FRENZY holds up admirably...a different film, but an excellent one all the same...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hitchcock in full gear here March 9 2001
By C.H.
Format:DVD
Hitchcock entered the seventies with his last great film, a delicious thriller with a down on his luck ex-RAF pilot with a hot temper who is suspected of a rash of rape/strangulations in London. In typical Hitchcock fashion, a load of circumstancial evidence is heaped on an innocent man, and matters aren't helped any when his ex-wife and girlfriend turn up as the latest victims. With all the plot twists, black humor, and creative camerawork, Hitchcock must have enjoyed this immensely. Highly recommended, but avoid the butchered TV version.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A killing frenzy Feb. 23 2014
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
By 1972, the great Alfred Hitchcock was nearing the end of his career, but he still had one last great suspense movie in him.

That movie was "Frenzy," a deeply disturbing tale that dips into some familiar Hitchcock story territory, but also shows murders more explicit and grotesque than he had ever been able to before. While the prolonged rape scene is a really disturbing experience (as I'm sure it was meant to be), the rest of the movie is a strong whodunnit with some moments of dark comedy.

London is being plagued by a serial killer who is raping and strangling women, leaving them with a necktie around their throats. The police have no idea who the strangler is, and they have no suspects.

But when professional matchmaker Brenda Blaney (Barbara Leigh-Hunt) is found raped and murdered, circumstantial evidence points to her ex-husband Richard, a troubled and angry ex-pilot (Jon Finch). It's not much of a spoiler to say that it's actually his buddy Robert Rusk (Barry Foster), a seemingly innocuous fruit-seller with some secret sexual issues.

Richard desperately tries to avoid the police, but things become even worse when his girlfriend Babs (Anna Massey) is also murdered -- and when he's captured by the cops, it seems like an open-and-shut case. But Chief Inspector Oxford (Alec McCowen) begins to suspect that Rusk may be the murderer after all...

JUST A WARNING: if you have been sexually assaulted at some point, you probably shouldn't watch "Frenzy." Or at least you should skip the scene where Brenda is raped and murdered -- it's a long, grotesque scene that might serve as a trigger. Even for people who haven't been raped, it's a horrific scene to watch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sur toute la ligne ! Feb. 6 2013
By MFJ
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Le produit m'a été livré dans le délai prévu. La qualité mentionnée était exacte. Je suis très satisfait et je recommande fortement ce vendeur. Excellent sur toute la ligne !
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not one of Hitchcock's best March 31 2012
By Kona TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
A serial murderer nicknamed the `necktie killer' is terrorizing women in London, and Richard Blaney (Jon Finch), seen at the wrong place at the wrong time, becomes the chief suspect. How to prove his innocence?

Alfred Hitchcock's next-to-last film has a very English feel to it with an all-British cast and gritty London locations. Void of scares but with grotesque and disturbing moments, the plot never arouses real `frenzy' (especially among the audience); still, it is an entertaining, if low-budget, film.

Scenes of cruelty are balanced with light-hearted marital humor, courtesy of Alec McCowan who plays the inspector on the case. Jon Finch is good as the innocent man, although he lacks a certain charisma as does Barry Foster as a fruit seller. Anna Massey gives a good performance as Richard's girlfriend, but, like the others, she seemed rather ordinary.

The soundtrack is unremarkable and the most dramatic scenes lack music entirely. The movie held my interest and the 'Making Of' Extra is excellent but, all in all, it was good rather than great. 3.5 stars.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top - Notch Hitchcock May 1 2004
Format:DVD
Alfred Hitchcock's second - to - last film "Frenzy" is a return to the classic Hitchcock thrillers from the 1950s' and early '60s'. After a couple of second - rate films of the mid to late 1960s' ("Torn Curtain" in 1966 and "Topaz" in 1969), "Frenzy" had everything a Hitch film needed - suspense, drama and humor.
A sexual physcopath known as the Necktie Murderer has England in a tizy. Raping women and then strangling them with his tie, the police are left clueless with nary a single suspect. Thrown into the mix is Richard "Dicko" Blaney (John Finch), who is not having the greatest day. First, he loses his job at a local job. Next, he has a violent confrontation with his ex - wife, Brenda (Barbara Leigh - Hunt). The only two people who seem to give a damn about him are his good friend Bob Rusk (Barry Foster) and his girlfriend Babs (Ann Massey. Things get worse when he goes to visit Brenda the next day. After she doesn't answer the door, he walks away. What he doesn't know is that she is the Necktie Murderer's latest victim and that her secretary spotted him leaving the scene of the crime. Naturally assuming he did it, the police arrest him. He escapes and goes out on a limb to prove his innocent. What entails is non - stop suspense that only the Master can provide.
"Frenzy" should stand as one of Hitchcock's greatest achievements. It certainly differs from all his other classics, as it seems more intone with the modern thrillers of today (the nudity especially). While his last film was great, this one was truly his last masterpiece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Master's Last Psychological Thriller
For the first time in twenty-plus years, Alfred Hitchcock returned to his native England to make what turned out to be his final psychological thriller FRENZY. Read more
Published on April 27 2004 by Erik North
3.0 out of 5 stars This is a good movie..
Typical Hitchcock style - an innocent man framed for murder with all the evidence against him and now he has to prove his innocence, even if he has to bend the law by escaping from... Read more
Published on Nov. 27 2003 by badger203
4.0 out of 5 stars Going Into A "Frenzy"
Alfred Hitchcock's next to last film, 1972's Frenzy, may not be as close to perfection as say, Vertigo or Psycho, but it still has a lot going for it. Read more
Published on Nov. 20 2003 by T. Lobascio
5.0 out of 5 stars Hitchcock's Final Masterpiece
Hitchcock had been in a bit of an artistic slump when, after some thirty years, he returned to England for this, his next to last film--and the result was his final... Read more
Published on Aug. 10 2003 by Gary F. Taylor
1.0 out of 5 stars what the hec happened to nudity free movies Mr. Hichcoch
I didn't even see the hole movie man.Ok I was at home sick right .Then I want to rent this movie because I love Alfred HIchcoch movies because there so scary , but clean . Read more
Published on April 24 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Frenzy is great, but...
In all of Hitchcock's film, the thing he has been most noted for is his almost Sparton approach to film making. Read more
Published on Sept. 18 2002 by Daniel D. Vander Haar
5.0 out of 5 stars "Don't squeeze the goods 'till they're yours."
In 1972, Alfred Hitchcock returned to his native London to make his second to last film; "Frenzy". After making 1963's "The Birds", Hitchcock did not have another critical or... Read more
Published on Aug. 11 2002 by "patrick_mcknight"
5.0 out of 5 stars "Minor" masterpiece by the great Hitchcock
Gritty and very un-Hollywood, this movie explores many of Hitchcock's favorite themes, but with a new look and a new edge to them. Read more
Published on June 25 2002
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