The Silence of the Hams (1994) - Rotten Tomatoes

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. Animal Cannibal Pizza. Meanwhile Fostar's girlfriend swipes $400,000 bucks from her boss and ends up hiding in the Cemetery Hotel, run by Antonio Motel. Inspector Balsam investigates cases of dead hotel victims.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


Ezio Greggio
as Antonio
Dom DeLuise
as Animal Cannibal Pizz...
Billy Zane
as Jo Dee Fostar
Mel Brooks
as Guest Checking Out
Stuart Pankin
as Pete Putrid
John Astin
as Ranger
Larry Storch
as Sergeant
Rip Taylor
as Mr. Laurel
Phyllis Diller
as Old Secretary
Nedra Volz
as Ranger's Wife
Andre Rosey Brown
as Motorcycle Cop
Henry Silva
as Police Chief
Marshall Bell
as Cross Dresser Agent
Allan Lee
as First Agent
Sal Landi
as Second Agent
John Roarke
as George Bush
Pat Rick
as Bill Clinton
Tony Cox
as Dwarf Guard
Joe Dante
as Dying Man
John Carpenter
as Trench Coat Man
Kimber Sissons
as Push-up Lady
Eddie Deezen
as Video Cameraman
Peter DeLuise
as Checkout Guard
Rudy De Luca
as Checkout Maniac
Lynn Shirey
as Hillary Clinton
John Landis
as FBI Agent
David DeLuise
as Policeman 1
John Fadule
as Policeman 2
Al Ruscio
as Phillip Morris
Dom Irrera
as Gas Station Attendan...
Ray Serra
as Agent Prostitute 1
Lance Kinsey
as First Interrogating ...
Seifullah Ziyad II
as Michael Jackson
Linda Lutz
as Housedress Woman
Heather Elizabeth Pa...
as Beautiful Woman
Jim Maniaci
as Rape Culturist 1
Manny Molina
as Rape Culturist 2
Dan McVicar
as Forensic Export
Raymond Serra
as Agent Prostitute 1
Robert Muse
as Agent Prostitute 2
Daniel McVicar
as Forensic Expert
Rino Piccolo
as Ambulance Driver
Ken Davitian
as Luciano Pavarotti
Lynn Shirley
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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