Classic Film: Frenzy

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Hitchcock’s penultimate film is also one of his most brutal, as the camera follows the Necktie Killer across London as he stalks and strangles unsuspecting women. The film follows the nefarious doings of a contemporary serial killer likely based on Jack the Ripper and John Christie, as well as circa-1940s “Lady Killer” Neville Heath. Early on, Hitchcock reveals to the audience the murderer’s identity—then takes viewers through twists and turns as another man is taken into custody based on circumstantial evidence.

Filmed in London’s Convent Garden after Hitchcock spent decades making films in the United States, Frenzy marks a return to form for the cinematic master, who employs gallows humor, brilliant camera tracking (most notably, the shot that links the murder of one hapless victim to the bustling street scenes just outside), and viewer-manipulation as he tells this ghoulish tale.

$9/$5 Brooks members and students with valid ID/Free with VIP Film Pass.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | UK | 1972 | 116 minutes
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By: Brooks Museum

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