in about 100 words or less
UK 116m, Colour
Director: Alfred Hitchcock; Cast: Jon Finch, Alec McCowen, Barry Foster, Billie Whitelaw, Anna Massey, Barbara Leigh-Hunt
Frenzy is one of Hitchcock’s more explicitly grisly thrillers about a London serial killer known as the “Necktie Killer” who rapes and strangles his victims. In making use of the familiar theme of an innocent man being wrongly accused, the plot of Frenzy is one of Hitchcock’s own worst nightmares. By revealing the identity of the murderer early on in the movie, and by employing numerous birds-eye views through overhead camera work, the audience becomes voyeur – effectively involving us in the plot. Compared to his earlier films, Frenzy has a great deal sex, nudity and violence, which are not only signs of Hitchcock’s attempt to make a modern film, but are a reflection of changing industry decency standards (Klaus Ming February 2011).