The Silence of the Hams (1994)




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In the tradition of Mel Brooks, this Italian comedy offers an episodic parody of classic thrillers and horror movies. Film includes cameos from several stars including Mel Brooks, John Astin, Larry Storch, Phyllis Diller, John Carpenter, and John Landis. The story begins as director Ezio Greggio is being stabbed ala Psycho in his shower. Before he dies he recaps the events leading to his death. The scene was L.A. and FBI rookie Jo Dee Fostar has been assigned to interview psycho inmate Dr. … More

Rating: R
Genre: Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Ezio Greggio
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 31, 1995
Cabin Fever Entertainment



as Antonio

as Animal Cannibal Pizz...

as Jo Dee Fostar

as Balsam

as Guest Checking Out

as Pete Putrid

as Ranger

as Sergeant

as Mr. Laurel

as Old Secretary

as Ranger's Wife

as Motorcycle Cop

as Police Chief

as Cross Dresser Agent

as First Agent

as Second Agent

as George Bush

as Bill Clinton

as Dwarf Guard

as Dying Man

as Trench Coat Man

as Guard

as Push-up Lady

as Video Cameraman

as Checkout Guard

as Checkout Maniac

as Hillary Clinton

as FBI Agent

as Policeman 1

as Policeman 2

as Phillip Morris

as Gas Station Attendan...

as Agent Prostitute 1

as First Interrogating ...

as Agent

as Michael Jackson

as Misery Woman

as Housedress Woman

as Beautiful Woman

as Rape Culturist 1

as Rape Culturist 2

as Forensic Export

as Agent Prostitute 1

as Agent Prostitute 2

as Forensic Expert

as Ambulance Driver

as Luciano Pavarotti

as First Lady Hillary C...
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Critic Reviews for The Silence of the Hams

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | May 21, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A poke in the eye with a knife is more alluring

March 11, 2005

Unfunny spoof. Lacks bite, timing and good ideas.

July 14, 2003

Horrible wanna-be Airplane type spoof. Only thing worth noting is that it came before 'Scary Movie,' which falls into the same category.

April 11, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

Just painful beyond words.

December 1, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for The Silence of the Hams

The Master has lost his touch. So sad.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

If you come up to me and tell me that The Silence of the Hams is one of your favorite screwball comedies then I'll shake your hand and probably buy you a drink. It's one of my favorites too, and one that I hadn't seen in over a decade since it first started airing on HBO. I just recenly saw it and fell in love with it all over again. Sure a lot of the jokes aren't funny, and yes they're pretty cliche'd at times too, but damn is the movie enjoyable. It's a bit of a mish-mash of different horror movies. Most notably Psycho and The Silence of the Lambs, but it also takes a stab at Mel Brooks... literally. There are also cameos by Joe Dante, John Landis and John Carpenter that pop up here and there, basically sealing the deal for me. I'm sad that Ezio Greggio didn't have immediate success with the movie and was allowed to make more of these types of movies. He's pretty good at it. Even if they're not perfect, they're far better than anything that the Wayans brothers and Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer ever put out. Trust me on this.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer


As bad as this film may be at least it's not a Wayans travesty. The movie seems to have its own rhythm where you think it's the worst thing ever made and then one line, or cameo, will redeem it and you're pulled back in. The summary line of this review is an example.

Yes, 'the lady in blue' line is incredibly lame and the visual gags, such as the orchestra playing the score, are clichéd but the film has a reckless charm and Dom DeLuise can't help but be great in anything he does.

I'd recommend this to no one in particular. Perhaps, if like me, you were ill in bed and the remote control was out of reach and you were too weak to call for help then watch this film.

Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer

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