Dr. Richard spots unusual things happening at the mental institution where he works. When he is wrongly framed for murder, he must confront his condition of being obsessed with Alfred Hitchcock films. High Anxiety is a American satirical comedy film produced and directed by Mel Brooks, who also plays the lead. This is Brooks' first film as a producer. High Anxiety: Directed by Mel Brooks. With Mel Brooks, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Harvey Korman. A psychiatrist with intense acrophobia (fear of. Mel Brooks, during his peak years, never met a genre he couldn't wrestle to the ground. And High Anxiety, his tribute to the films of. One of the problems with Mel Brooks's "High Anxiety" is that it picks a tricky target: It's a spoof of the work of Alfred Hitchcock. As evidence of a conspiracy unravels, Thorndyke must discover the truth that lies behind the institute. All while mysterious forces try to. Borrowing liberally from ten Hitchcock films, Mel Brooks takes the case of a paranoid doctor with high anxiety (fear of heights) on the hunt for a mysterious. : High Anxiety: Mel Brooks, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Mel Brooks: Movies & TV. While the director has undoubtedly produced some gems since High Anxiety, it is probably fair to say his parody of Alfred Hitchcock movies. High Anxiety is Mel Brooks' renowned spoof of over ten Alfred Hitchcock classics, including Psycho, Vertigo, and The Birds. After a Harvard psychiatrist.