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#574. Frenzy

  • Year: 1972
  • Country: Great Britain
  • Production: Universal, 116m
  • Director: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Producer: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Screenplay: Anthony Shaffer, based on book by Arthur La Bern
  • Photography: Gilbert Taylor
  • Music: Ron Goodwin
  • Cast: Jon Finch, Alec McCowen, Barry Foster, Billie Whitelaw, Anna Massey

Abridged Book Description

Hitchcock evokes a precise mix of prurient fascination and genuine horror in the English attitude to murder that is also a great part of his own obsession... Frenzy proceeds by cutting between the antisocial, unpleasant, degraded hero - who is reduced to bedding down in a homeless shelter at one point - and the charming, engaging, successful villain... Hitchcock takes advantage of the period's more relaxed censorship regulations to be more explicit with the sex and violence, though he also knows when a long, slow pull-back away from a murder will convey more horror than another close-up of plunder and strangulation.