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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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...
The film revolves around a series of grisly strangulations of women occurring around London that have the police totally baffled. The killer's choice is a necktie, which pretty much leaves the door wide-open, since almost every man there wears a necktie. We are then introduced to Richard Blaney (Jon Finch) an ex-RAF officer and divorcee who has this tendency to drink too often and get a little bit too rough with people, including his ex-wife (Barbara Leigh-Hunt). The only real solace he gets is from his friend Robert Rusk (Barry Foster), a fruits-and-vegetables salesman in Covent Garden. What Finch doesn't realize, however, is that Foster is, in fact, the necktie strangler. And when Leigh-Hunt is found strangled in her office, the police, having interviewed her secretary, who had heard Finch arguing with her violently only half an hour before she was killed, immediately suspect and later arrest Finch, while Foster gets away. But an alert detective (Alec McCowen) suspects that there is something to Finch's story that could prove him innocent of the crimes.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Le produit m'a été livré dans le délai prévu. La qualité mentionnée était exacte. Read morePublished on Feb. 6 2013 by MFJ
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... Read morePublished on March 31 2012 by Kona
Alfred Hitchcock's second - to - last film "Frenzy" is a return to the classic Hitchcock thrillers from the 1950s' and early '60s'. Read morePublished on May 1 2004 by anthony nasti
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 morePublished on Nov. 27 2003 by badger203
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 morePublished on Nov. 20 2003 by T. Lobascio
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 morePublished on Aug. 10 2003 by Gary F. Taylor
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 morePublished on April 24 2003
In all of Hitchcock's film, the thing he has been most noted for is his almost Sparton approach to film making. Read morePublished on Sept. 18 2002 by Daniel D. Vander Haar
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 morePublished on Aug. 11 2002
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