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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Co-screenwriter and future director Barry Levinson plays the bellboy who "stabs" Dr. Richard Thorndyke (Mel Brooks) with a rolled up newspaper, as a spoof of the shower scene in Psycho (1960). Perhaps a newspaper was used because the black ink flows down the drain at the end of the sequence, resembling the "blood" -- actually chocolate syrup -- in Psycho. People who saw Psycho remember Marion Crane's (Janet Leigh) blood as being red, despite its being a black and white movie. This was a subconscious reaction, because newsreels were in black and white, and often showed bloody scenes. See trivia for Psycho. See more »
When Dr. Thorndyke is undressing for his shower, you can see his boxer shorts when he removes his robe. See more »
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Brooks and Hitchcock Make for a Fruitless Marriage
An opaque send-up of Alfred Hitchcock's legendary suspense pictures, this probably sounded better on paper than it looks on the screen. It's to be expected for a Mel Brooks movie to be filled to the brim with cheap puns, obvious punchlines and loads of sight gags - that's part of his allure, actually - but this seems thin even by those standards. A basement-level plot might have something to do with that; beneath the dense surface of each of Brooks's best pictures lies a surprisingly rich, inherently funny basic storyline. That's missing in this dim, forced tale of good, evil and jealousy in the hallways a California psychiatric ward. If Blazing Saddles is a novella, High Anxiety is a two-page pamphlet. It's got some value, but not enough to justify a very long sitting.
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