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->''"Mr. Rusk, you're not wearing your tie."''
-->-- '''Inspector Oxford'''

The penultimate film of Creator/AlfredHitchcock, ''Frenzy'' is a 1972 film adapted by Anthony Shaffer from Arthur La Bern's novel ''Goodbye Piccadilly, Farewell Leicester Square.''

Our "hero" Richard Blaney is down on his luck; just as he's fired from his job at a pub, his estranged wife Brenda is murdered by a neck-tie wielding SerialKiller. Because of a witness's mistake, Blaney is now the prime suspect. Only his former co-worker, Barbara Jane "Babs" Milligan, and his former army buddy, Johnny Porter, believe his innocence. When he's left without his allies, Richard is left to the mercy of the police. Fortunately, one investigator, Oxford, finds the smoking gun that'll save Richard from prison.

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!!This film features examples of:
* AffablyEvil: Bob Rusk, when he's not killing people.
* AlliterativeName: Robert Rusk. There's also Brenda Blaney.
* AmicableExes: Richard and Brenda
* BadSamaritan[=/=]BigBadFriend: With nowhere else to turn, Richard hides out in Bob Rusk's apartment, whereupon Bob promptly frames him for Bob's crimes.
* BlackAndGreyMorality: The [[NominalHero hero]] is a [[ItsAllAboutMe Self-Centered]] {{Jerkass}}, while the villain]is an AxCrazy, [[TheSociopath sociopathic]] [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil rapist]] SerialKiller.
* BlondGuysAreEvil[=/=]EvilRedhead: Rusk has carroty blond hair
* CallingCard[=/=]WeaponOfChoice: The humble necktie.
* CatchPhrase: "You're my type of woman."
* ClearMyName
* CreatorCameo: Hitchcock as usual, this time in the crowd looking at the body in the river.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Brenda's murder remains one of the most horrific, disturbing depictions of violence in film history.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Hitchcock's only film to get an R rating. This might well be because it was the first film Hitchcock made after the Production Code had been abandoned and ratings were instituted. If he could have filmed [[Film/{{Psycho}} Janet Leigh naked]] he probably would have.
* DeadMansChest: The killer hides a body in a sack that he dumps in the back of a lorry full of sacks of potatoes. He then realises that his tie pin is still clutched in the dead woman's hand and has to retrieve it from the back of the moving lorry.
* DiesWideOpen: And with tongue sticking out.
* DigitalDestruction: One reviewer of [=DVDs=] and Blu-Ray Discs received a screener copy of the ''Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection'' Blu-Ray set, and noticed that this movie's original opening credits sequence had disappeared in favor of one riddled with misspelled names. After his critiques on the set became widespread among film fans, Universal delayed its retail release by about one month, to correct this and other errors.
* DramaticIrony: Filled to the brim with it. A lot of it derives from the audience knowing the killer's identity.
* DrivingADesk: Very noticeable as Babs and Richard ride in a taxi.
* DropDeadGorgeous: A naked victim of the killer floats in the river in the film's first minutes.
* EnemyEatsYourLunch: Frugal or not
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas
* FanDisservice: This is the first and only Hitchcock film to feature nudity. Not in a very inviting context, though.
* {{Fingore}}: One of Rusk's victims managed to grab his pin, forcing him to break her fingers to get it back. Even though she's dead, it's pretty wince-inducing.
* AGlassInTheHand: Dick does this while he's out with Brenda.
* HappilyMarried: The Oxfords despite Mrs Oxford's new hobby.
* InfoDump: A rather pointless scene where two starchy old guys at a pub chat about how TheSociopath thinks and behaves.
* {{Jerkass}}: Richard is such an unpleasant person that he almost deserves getting wrongfully convicted of murder. One wonders what Babs sees in him.
** His (ex-)boss at the pub, Forsythe, is a nasty piece of work as well.
* LethalChef: Given the choice between wading through grim murder scenes and tasting his wife's experimental cuisine, Oxford always opts for the former.
* LondonTown
* TheMatchmaker: Brenda's job.
* NominalHero: Richard is only interested in saving his own skin.
* NotHelpingYourCase: After Blaney is wrongly arrested, he acts out and ultimately escapes from prison. He returns to Rusk's apartment and beats up what he assumes to be Rusk sleeping, but it's the corpse of Rusk's newest victim. To add insult to injury, it's in front of Oxford; fortunately, Rusk shows up in a way to finally implicate himself.
* NothingIsScarier: Rusk's murder of Babs occurs offscreen.
* OhCrap: Rusk, when he's finally caught red-handed by Oxford.
* TheOner: ''Three'' of them, all pretty chilling:
** After Brenda's death, the camera stays on the street as a woman enters the building, followed by about 30 seconds of dead air until she screams, having discovered the body.
** Rusk invites Barbara into his apartment, after we already know he's the killer. The camera again remains outside, then retreats down the stairs and out of the building, where several people walk by oblivious to the murder happening right next to them.
** Blaney's trial is viewed from behind soundproof doors, with the viewer only able to hear the occasional bit of dialogue when someone opens them. They swing shut just before the sentence is read, followed by Blaney screaming "IT'S RUSK!" loudly enough to be heard through them.
* PlayingAgainstType: Bernard Cribbins, who plays the odious pubkeeper Forsythe, was usually known for his comedic roles and for his work in children's shows such as ''TheWombles''.
* PoliceAreUseless: Subverted; Oxford is the only one to suspect Richard's innocence from the start. One of very few subversions of this in Hitchcock's work, as he was famously afraid of cops.
* RapeAsDrama
* RunningGag: The terrible cooking of Inspector Oxford's wife.
* SerialKiller
* SpannerInTheWorks: Barbara steals Rusk's tiepin as he kills her; his attempt to pry it from her cold dead hands helps provide the evidence to finally send him away.
* VerbalIrony: Rusk telling Babs "You've got your whole life ahead of you" as he lures her to her death.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The original idea for the project featured as the protagonist a handsome, charming young body-builder who happens to be a serial killer. It was to be set in New York City and told from the POV of the murderer, and to feature nudity and violence beyond anything ever shown on screen at that time (the 1960s). After the murderer kills twice the climax was to come when NYC police set up a trap with a policewoman posing as a potential victim. The project, tentatively titled ''Kaleidoscope Frenzy'', was rejected by Universal and then abandoned by Hitchcock, who later reworked some of the elements into the later ''Frenzy''.
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