W: Anthony Schaffer [based on the novel
"Goodbye Piccadilly, Farewell Leicester Square" by Arthur LaBern]
DP: Gilbert Taylor
Ed: John Jympson
Mus: Ron Goodwin
PD: Syd Cain
Jon Finch (Richard Blaney), Barry Foster (Bob
Rusk), Alec McCowen (Chief Insp. Oxford), Vivien Merchant (Mrs. Oxford), Anna Massey (Barbara Milligan), Billie Whitelaw (Hettie Porter)
Frenzy is the last great thriller from "The
Master of Suspense" Alfred Hitchcock.
Set in London, a disillusioned ex-RAF officer
is suspected of being the brutal "necktie murderer" and races against time to clear his name.
It doesn't rank alongside the director's
greatest works and suffers from some cliches and predictable moments, but it would have been half the film if it wasn't for the great director's visceral style.
It didn't get much love from the critics at
the time and is certainly one of Hitchcock's more underrated films, and all quite unfairly. Similarities are certainly shared with 1960's Peeping Tom, which I consider a classic
of the genre.