High Anxiety
High Anxiety (1977)

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.… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 25, 1977
DVD Release Date: April 4, 2006
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Uneven but hilarious when it hits, this spoof of Hitchcock movies is a minor classic in the Mel Brooks canon.

Cole Smithey

[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.

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Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?

Brooks spoofs the master, Alfred Hithcock, and make a minor comedy classic of his own with High Anxiety

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Chuck O'Leary

Mel Brooks reached his comedy peak with this riotous spoof of Alfred Hitchcock thrillers.

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Joly Herman
Common Sense Media

Very very funny Hitchcock spoof with some adult humor.

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Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

One of Brooks lesser comedies from the 1970s, but it beats hands-down any of his later work.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

ridiculous and hilarious

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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.

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Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central

The cinematic equivalent of an Elvis impersonator

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

Brooks at his most brilliant!

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
So lame. I couldn't even sit through it all. Not funny at all.
Thomas Bowler
Hitchcock parody film with Mel Brooks. Full review later.
Melvin White
Dr. Charles Montague: Enjoy yourself, for God's sake! Get your mind off the Wentworth murder... Accident! Accident!  "A Psycho-Comedy" High… More
Randy Tippy
Mel Brooks' homage to Hitchcock that hits a little more than it misses. Cloris Leachman is at the top of her game, stealing every scene she's in.… More
Aj V
Another hilarious spoof comedy from Brooks, this one spoofs Hitchcock's films, and it's very effective. If you like Brook's films, check it out.
Tim Salmons
I loved this movie. Mel Brook's Hitchcock send-up is marvelous.