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
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The film was written and shot under the title 'From a Whisper to a Scream', but it was changed to 'The Offspring' for the American release. However, when it was released on DVD it was released under its original title. See more »
Carnies in 1933 are playing poker and betting with coins that include a Jefferson nickel, first minted in 1938, and a Lincoln cent with the Lincoln Memorial reverse, first minted in 1959. See more »
One thing I've learned, my dear, is that one is never too old for nightmares.
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Near the end of the credits, we are told "WHEN IN TENNESSEE VISIT OLDFIELD". Oldfield is not a real town. See more »
One of Vincent Price's lesser known movies casts him as an old man telling a reporter (Susan Tyrrell) about a town's horrific history, shown in vignettes. There's a man (Clu Gulager) who gets obsessed with a woman at work, a loser who takes his greed too far, a carnival that no employee can ever leave, and a Civil War parable.
"The Offspring" (originally called "From a Whisper to a Scream") is nothing particularly special. In fact, Price considered it a terrible movie, and mainly starred in it because he was impressed with the confidence of the first-time director. Watching it, you gotta admire the effort that went into the movie. For the most part, it's just fun to watch, and there ARE a few gross scenes (I mean REALLY gross). Also starring Lawrence Tierney and Rosalind Cash.
I also thought that it was neat that we hear the mention of Lucy and Desi on the radio, since we just passed the 100th anniversary of Lucille Ball's birth (in fact, earlier this year was the 100th anniversary of Vincent Price's birth).
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