The Silence of the Hams
aka Il Silenzio dei Prosciutti
(1994) is a comedy movie directed and written by Ezio Greggio and features an image-by-image parody of Thriller
. It is a parody of many horror movies, notably The Silence of the Lambs
The comedy in this parody, aside from making references to other movies of the era, is largely driven by tightly packed puns, gags, continuity errors and video splicing. As a curiosity, there is a little Mel Brooks cameo in this film.
The film follows rookie detective Jo Dee Foster, played by Zane, on his first case. The case involves a serial killer, wanted for over one-hundred and twenty murders. In order to find the killer, he must enlist the help of convicted murderer Dr. Animal Cannibal Pizza. However, during the investigation, his girlfriend, Jane Wine, is asked by her boss to take a large sum of money to the bank. Instead of doing this, she leaves town with the money. While hiding, she decides to rest at the Cemetery Motel, which is later revealed to be a cemetery named Motel after its owner, Antonio Motel. Jo must then enlist the help of Det. Balsam (Played by Martin Balsam - the Private Investigator who hunted down Marion Crane in the original Psycho film.) and Dr. Pizza to not only find the murderer, but his missing girlfriend as well. All of this takes the cast on many adventures at the Cemetery Motel until the finale, in which many questions are answered, including questions no one would ask.