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In a small Tennessee town, an historian relates four horror stories to a reporter.

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The uncle of an executed murderess relates four stories of his hometown, Oldfield, to a reporter: an elderly man pursues a romance with a younger woman, even to the grave and beyond...a wounded man on the run from creditors is rescued by a backwoods hermit with the secret to eternal life...a glass-eating carny pays the ultimate price for looking for love on the outside...and Civil War soldiers are held captive by a household of orphans with strange intentions for them. Written by Brian J. Wright <bjwright@acs.ucalgary.ca>

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Welcome to Oldfield. Stop in for a night of pure terror. See more »


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$1,100,000 (estimated)

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$1,400,000 (USA)
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Trivia

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Julian White: One thing I've learned, my dear, is that one is never too old for nightmares.
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Crazy Credits

Near the end of the credits, we are told "WHEN IN TENNESSEE VISIT OLDFIELD". Oldfield is not a real town. See more »

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Class Tramp
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Weak horror anthology
17 December 2011 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

I feel I should mention that I love horror anthology movies. Actually, to put it more accurately, I love the IDEA of horror anthology movies. That's because the vast majority of horror anthology movies I have seen have left me less that satisfied, and that also goes for "From A Whisper To A Scream" (a.k.a. "The Offspring"). It's a pretty cheap-looking movie - director Jeff Burr himself once said the budget was actually $350,000 - though if that's true, I will admit that they managed to stretch the budget pretty far, including the fact they got a once in a lifetime cast. But even if they had more money to spend, the movie would have suffered from the fact that the script is pretty lame for the most part. The second story (concerning someone who has figured out the secret for eternal life) is okay, namely because it has an unexpected (and effective) ironic ending. The other three stories have no surprises and each of them seem to go on forever. I would only recommend this movie to die hard fans of horror anthology movies.


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