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Frenzy (1972)

 -  Thriller  -  21 June 1972 (USA)
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A serial murderer is strangling women with a necktie. The London police have a suspect, but he is the wrong man.

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Storyline

London is terrorised by a vicious sex killer known as the neck tie murderer. Following the brutal slaying of his ex-wife, down-on-his-luck Richard Blaney is suspected by the police of being the killer. He goes on the run, determined to prove his innocence. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Just an ordinary necktie used with a deadly new twist. [Australia Theatrical] See more »

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Thriller

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21 June 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Frenesí  »

Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

SEK 2,348,248 (Sweden)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The market scenes are set in Covent Garden, London, when Covent Garden was an actual fruit and flower market. This closed in 1974 and moved to Nine Elms and the old market was slated for demolition. Most of it, including the central halls were saved and now is a listed and popular tourist destination. See more »

Goofs

After Blaney escapes from the hospital and is trying to find Rusk, he starts opening his apartment door and opens it about a foot. In the next shot from the inside, we see him opening the door again. See more »

Quotes

Richard Blaney: Do I look like a sex murderer to you? Can you imagine me creeping around London, strangling all those women with ties? That's ridiculous... For a start, I only own two.
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The Universal Pictures logo does not appear on this film. See more »

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Referenced in Halloween (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Poem
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Music by Zdenek Fibich
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A truly engaging nail-biter!
7 January 2003 | by (Jersey City, NJ) – See all my reviews

Hitchcock did one hell of a job! I was planning on watching this movie just for about 30 minutes before going to sleep and was gonna finish watching it the next day, but instead I was so engaged that I couldn't stop watching and stayed awake the whole 2 hours. I loved the irony of the actual rapist having no clues pointing to him and the innocent man having all clues pointing to him. The scene involving the rapist in the back of the truck, rummaging through a sack of potatoes (and that's all I'll reveal) is classic suspense. I also loved how Hitchcock left the rape scenes (excluding the first one) up to the imagination. There is a great shot where one of the victims is being raped and we don't even hear any off-screen yells or screams. The camera simply tracks backwards down a staircase and out the front door, where people walk by minding their own business, ignorant to the evil that's being committed a floor above. Any amateurish director would've went for true shock value and showed all the rape scenes in explicit detail. We don't call Hitchcock the master of suspense for nothing. The scene is still quite haunting. In horror and suspense, what you don't see can be a lot more frightening than what you do see, since the imagination is a powerful thing. The last line of the movie should go down in history. It had me bawling with laughter! Just that one line gave perfect closure to this wonderful film.

My score: 8 (out of 10)


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