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Frenzy


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  • Actors: Jon Finch, Barry Foster, Alec McCowen, Billie Whitelaw, Anna Massey
  • Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Writers: Anthony Shaffer, Arthur La Bern
  • Producers: Alfred Hitchcock, William Hill
  • Format: NTSC
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Mca (Universal)
  • VHS Release Date: Oct. 29 2002
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0783235682
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,947 in Video (See Top 100 in Video)


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By markus king on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C.H. on March 9 2001
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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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Feb. 23 2014
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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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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By Kona TOP 100 REVIEWER on March 31 2012
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 By anthony nasti on 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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