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Good, not great

  • Apr 1, 2012
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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's good rather than great. 3.5 stars. 


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FRENZY was Alfred Hitchcock's next-to-last film--and the first film he'd made in England in 20 years. It was based on an Arthur La Bern novel and focuses on many of the same motifs that Hitchcock had obsessively examined throughout his life's work: the wrong man theme, the doubling theme (in which one person acts out the repressed violence of another), and the general public's thirst for sex and violence. Hitchcock had made films featuring Jack the Ripper-type killers before, including THE LODGER in 1926, a silent movie about a series of murders in London and a mysterious man who appears to be guilty of the crimes. In FRENZY, Hitchcock goes mod with this blackly comic story about a sex criminal--the Necktie Killer--plaguing post-Carnaby London. An innocent man who is suspected by police as the murderer must fight to nab the real perpetrator and clear his name. Though lesser known, FRENZY marked a striking return to form for the famed director. It was also his first R-rated picture. Anthony Shaffer's scri...
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Cast: Clive Swift
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Release Date: 1972
MPAA Rating: R
DVD Release Date: Universal Studios Home Video (June 20, 2006)
Runtime: 1hr 56min
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