A psychiatrist with intense acrophobia (fear of heights) goes to work for a mental institution run by doctors who appear to be crazier than their patients, and have secrets that they are willing to commit murder to keep.
An American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that his grandfather was not as insane as people believe, is invited to Transylvania, where he discovers the process that reanimates a dead body.
Dr. Richard Thorndyke arrives as new administrator of the Psychoneurotic Institute for the Very, VERY Nervous to discover some suspicious goings-on. When he's framed for murder, Dr. Thorndyke must confront his own psychiatric condition, "high anxiety," in order to clear his name. An homage to the films of Alfred Hitchcock; contains many parodies of famous Hitchcock scenes from THE BIRDS, PSYCHO, and VERTIGO.Written by
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The opening scene of Psycho (1960) shows the camera slowly panning through the hotel window and into the room where Sam and Lila have just finished making love. In High Anxiety (1977) Mel Brooks pays homage to Alfred Hitchcock when the camera crashes into the wall of the motel after showing Dr. Thorndyke and Victoria in the motel room, you hear the director say, 'pull the camera back slowly' and the cameraman reply; "going too fast, going to hit the wall." See more »
Toward the end of the "BIRDS" scene when Dr. Thorndyke is sitting in the gardener's shed being showered by the pigeons above him, one gob of the 'mayonnaise and spinach' mixture enters the picture from the left and strikes him on his left shoulder. Who launched this horizontal projectile? See more »
Dr. Richard Thorndyke arrives as new administrator of the Psychoneurotic Institute for the Very, VERY Nervous to discover some suspicious goings-on.
I feel like there was a shortage of jokes at times, but that is Brooks' style. He is more about the scene and less about the jokes. A constant atmosphere of humor, of fun.
Picking Hitchcock to lampoon was a great choice, too. I was able to catch a handful of references but probably missed many, too. That would only add to the film's humor, I suppose. I recommend the film for any Brooks fan, though I would say it is neither his best or worst.
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