High Anxiety
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This is Mel Brooks' spoof of over ten Alfred Hitchcock classics, including Psycho, Vertigo, and The Birds (Brooks actually used the bird trainer from that classic suspense movie in making his film). Brooks plays Dr. Richard H. Thorndyke, a renowned Harvard psychiatrist with a concealed fear of heights, or High Anxiety. Thorndyke takes over as the newest director of the PsychoNeurotic Institute for the Very, Very Nervous after the last director dies under suspicious circumstances. He soon finds himself to be in the company of some very strange colleagues, including longtime Brooks… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[VIDEO ESSAY] Mel Brooks's flair for comic riffing against a stylized background of plot devices draws on a long tradition of spoof movies that date back to the first days of sound cinema."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Brooks spoofs the master, Alfred Hithcock, and make a minor comedy classic of his own with High Anxiety"
‑ Christian Toto, What Would Toto Watch?
"Mel Brooks reached his comedy peak with this riotous spoof of Alfred Hitchcock thrillers."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, FulvueDrive-in.com
"its endless parade of campy Hitchcock gags makes us feel smart"
‑ Don Willmott, Filmcritic.com
"Inconsistent but still funny Brooks silliness."
‑ Gerry Shamray, Your Movies (cleveland.com)
"Very very funny Hitchcock spoof with some adult humor."
‑ Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
"One of Brooks lesser comedies from the 1970s, but it beats hands-down any of his later work."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
"ridiculous and hilarious"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Some sketches are indeed very very funny and some sketches just stink stink."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Most of this stuff isn't particularly funny however, and even though I watched High Anxiety for the first time in 2010, I'm not sure it would have been very funny back in 1977 either."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The cinematic equivalent of an Elvis impersonator"
‑ Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central
"Brooks at his most brilliant!"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Uneven Brooks satire of Hitchcock. Some of it works."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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