The Silence of the Hams (1994)

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This Italian comedy offers an episodic parody of classic thrillers and horror movies. 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.
Rating:
R
Genre:
Art House & International , Comedy , Mystery & Suspense
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Studio:
Cabin Fever Entertainment

Cast

Phyllis Diller
as Old Secretary
John Carpenter
as Trench Coat Man
Dom DeLuise
as Animal Cannibal Pizza
Mel Brooks
as Guest Checking Out
Martin Balsam
as Balsam
John Landis
as FBI Agent
Joe Dante
as Dying Man
Billy Zane
as Jo Dee Fostar
Rudy De Luca
as Checkout Maniac
Henry Silva
as Police Chief
Ezio Greggio
as Antonio
Andre Rosey Brown
as Motorcycle Cop
John Astin
as Ranger
Stuart Pankin
as Pete Putrid
Marshall Bell
as Cross Dresser Agent
Ken Davitian
as Luciano Pavarotti
Raymond Serra
as Agent Prostitute 1
Peter DeLuise
as Checkout Guard
Rip Taylor
as Mr. Laurel
Tony Cox
as Dwarf Guard
David DeLuise
as Policeman 1
Daniel McVicar
as Forensic Expert
Larry Storch
as Sergeant
Nedra Volz
as Ranger's Wife
Sal Landi
as Second Agent
Irwin Keyes
as Guard
Lance Kinsey
as First Interrogating Officer
Al Ruscio
as Phillip Morris
Eddie Deezen
as Video Cameraman
Jeff Weston
as Agent
Debra Christofferson
as Misery Woman
John Roarke
as George Bush
Dom Irrera
as Gas Station Attendant
Lana Schwab
as Nurse
Kimber Sissons
as Push-up Lady
Linda Lutz
as Housedress Woman
Dan McVicar
as Forensic Export
Ray Serra
as Agent Prostitute 1
Jim Maniaci
as Rape Culturist 1
Jeff Bright
as Mummy
Lonnie Burr
as Drunk
Allan Lee
as First Agent
Lana Schawb
as Nurse
John Fadule
as Policeman 2
Manny Molina
as Rape Culturist 2
Matteo Molinari
as Bell Boy
Robert Muse
as Agent Prostitute 2
Rino Piccolo
as Ambulance Driver
Pat Rick
as Bill Clinton
Lynn Shirey
as Hillary Clinton
Seifullah Ziyad II
as Michael Jackson
Kenneth Dayitian
as Pavarotti
Lynn Shirley
as First Lady Hillary Clinton
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Critic Reviews for The Silence of the Hams

All Critics (8)

A poke in the eye with a knife is more alluring

March 10, 2005
Moviehole

Unfunny spoof. Lacks bite, timing and good ideas.

July 13, 2003
About.com

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

April 10, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

Just painful beyond words.

November 30, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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Full Review… | April 24, 2012
Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review Database

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August 22, 2005
EmanuelLevy.Com

Audience Reviews for The Silence of the Hams

The Master has lost his touch. So sad.

Christian C
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
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

½

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
Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer

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