Daily Dose #20: Look! (Opening Scene of Frenzy) in The Master of Suspense: 50 Years of Hitchcock Posted July 29, 2017 1. The opening of Frenzy differs from the opening of The Lodger in several ways. The Lodger opens with the seventh victim screaming. Then we see the dead body, then we see the witness and then the crowd that has gathered to gawk at the corpse. The police arrive and then the media report another death of The Avenger. In Frenzy we are first introduced to the city of London. A crowd has gathered but for a different reason. Here the media is also present but to report on pollution being cleaned up. Here there is no scream, but more of a shout as the dead body is discovered. In The Lodger the body is clothed but in frenzy the body is naked. We do not know at the point how many victims there have been or the name of the killer. 2.The Hitchcock touches I saw in this scene are: Opening dolly shot as we see a pan of the city of London. POV as we pan in on the crowd gathered to here the speaker. A crowd gathered. Humour as the speaker talks of cleaning up the polluted waters, but a dead body floats by. Hitchcock cameo. Blonde victim. The feeling that things are not at all what they seem. 3.I think the strategies that Hitchcock used in his opening scenes was to invite the audience into the various worlds he created. By allowing us to become voyeurs watching the situations he has created for his characters. To whet our appetites for the suspense or shocks to come. To introduce us to the main characters so we immediately feel something for them and are drawn into the story. Our curiosity is piqued and we want to see more. The patterns I have seen in the opening scenes are the gathering of crowds, POV shots, the introduction of the main characters, giving the audience information that the main characters might not know yet, the build up of suspense, the foreshadowing of events to come, the feeling that something is not quite right, a few Hitchcock cameos and the mention of a MacGuffin that will propel the story.