This was Alfred Hitchcock's last good film, made after he had been declared too old fashioned for modern cinema. It shows that the classic Hitchcock formula could be used with the 1970s.
Set in London, It concerns a usual Hitchcock formula of an innocent man accused of a crime. A serial killer is raping and strangling women with neck ties.
The protagonist, Richard Blarny, is an unlikable guy, divorced from a successful wife, bitter, alcoholic, with a violent streak. He gets suspected of the murders and goes on the run. Hitchcock does a fair job of making us support this unlikeable character.
Hitch actually takes advantage of the less restrictive 70s, but showing the killer as very brutal on the first murder. But he knows when less is more, so when we see the killer disappear with a new victim.
It also seems like Hitch was not as restricted in casting from Hollywood. Instead all of the actors in this one look quite normal or even ugly, making the film feel more authentic.
And of course it has a nice twist ending.
A great film if you want to see something different yet familiar.
I seem to remember it having some great black humor, too. It’s not one of my favorite Hitchcock films, but does anyone have a top 10 list that’d be tougher to crack? I remember liking it when I saw it as a teen and appreciating it more when I saw it as an adult but still need to give it another view in my Middle Ages. Frenzy could use another assessment.