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Frenzy was the first film Hitchcock had shot entirely in his native Britain since Jamaica Inn (1939), and many contemporary critics used that fact to account for what seemed to them a glorious return to form after a string of Hollywood duds (Marnie, Torn Curtain, Topaz). Hitchcock specialists are often less wild about it, judging the detective plot mechanical and the oh-so-English tone insufferable. But at least three sequences rank among the most skin-crawling the maestro ever put on celluloid. There is an astonishing moment when the camera backs away from a room in which a murder is occurring, down the stairs, through the front door and then across the street to join the crowd milling indifferently on the pavement. There is also the killer's nerve-wracking attempt to retrieve his tiepin from a corpse stuffed into a sack of potatoes. Finally, there is one act of strangulation so prolonged and gruesome it verges on the pornographic. Was the veteran film-maker a rampant misogynist as feminist observers have frequently charged? Sit through this appalling scene if you dare and decide for yourself. --Peter Matthews --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top film,scary and a good twist, great price and great value for money.Published 7 days ago by Paul Dwyer
This is another Hitchcock film I have not seen this film before so was viewing it for the first time, the cast are not so well known as in the rest of his films, Barry Foster who... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Shirley Steadman
another Hitchcock classic well acted violent scenes but well worth watchingPublished 1 month ago by DEREK PAGE
Hitchcock returns to London - and to the superb form that many thought had deserted him - for his penultimate movie. And it turned out to be one of his greatest. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Streetworker01
Very dated but a great opportunity to see London as it was back in the '70s.Published 2 months ago by Janne Alice