From a Whisper to a Scream (1987)
"The Offspring" (original title)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, Horror  |  25 September 1987 (USA)
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In a small Tennessee town, an historian relates four horror stories to a reporter.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stanley Burnside
Jesse Hardwick
Harry Caesar ...
Felder Evans
Rosalind Cash ...
Sgt. Gallen
Beth Chandler
Katherine White
Ron Brooks ...
Steven Arden
Eileen Burnside
Didi Lanier ...
Amarrillis Caulfield
Thomas Nowell ...
Andrew (as Tommy Nowell)
Ashli Bare ...
Burt (as Terry Knox)
Megan McFarland ...
Grace Scott


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 <>

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Welcome to Oldfield, Tennessee. Population: Deadly! See more »


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Release Date:

25 September 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

From a Whisper to a Scream  »

Box Office


$1,100,000 (estimated)


$1,400,000 (USA)

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Did You Know?


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 »


When Stanley pours the champagne for himself and Grace at the funeral home, he is seen draining his glass. The next shot of the glass shows it filled again, and he never refilled it. See more »


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 »


References I Love Lucy (1951) See more »


Class Tramp
Written by Jimmie Podrasky (as James Podrasky) and Michael Kaniecki (as M. Kaniecki)
Performed by The Rave-Ups
Courtesy Fun Stuff Records
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great little antho-horror
8 March 2007 | by (The land of the Bunyips) – See all my reviews

A fun multi-story horror narrated by Vincent Price (as a librarian!) to cult icon Susan Tyrrell (as an 80s reporter) featuring four shorts about a cursed town. Small parts by horror icons abound, necrophilia, a killer mutant baby thingamajacque, circus freaks, dismemberment, and a group of kids that make the Children of the Corn look like the Little Rascals. How could you not love this?! This feels like a precursor to the Tales from the Crypt series, but it goes for horror more so than humor. The last segment is the creepiest, but all of them are good in their own right. Anyone who digs on anthology horror should find plenty to like in "The Offspring"/"From a Whisper to a Scream."

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