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Jack Ketchum (screenplay)
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28 August 2009 (Canada) See more »
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Jessica Butler ... Eartheater
Kelly Carey ... Loreen Kaltsas

Holter Graham ... Vic Manetti
T.J. Graye ... Gloria
Stephen Grey ... First Stolen

Amy Hargreaves ... Amy Halbard

Taylor Piedmonte ... Miles Harrison

Art Hindle ... George Chandler
Erick Kastel ... Stephen Carey
John Kochahney ... Cave Baby
Matt Larkin ... Cop #1
Daniel Lemieux ... Cop #2

Spencer List ... Rabbit
Jack Ketchum ... Max Joseph (as Dallas Mayr)

Pollyanna McIntosh ... The Woman
Scott Mellema ... Detective
Emma Elizabeth Messing ... Baby Melissa (as Emma Messing)

Andrew Elvis Miller ... David Halbard
Will Miller ... Biting Baby Double
Preston Mulligan ... Boy
Ed Nelson ... Cow (as Edward Nelson)

Tommy Nelson ... Luke
Frank Olsen ... Will Campbell
Leigh Shannan Feldpausch ... Second Stolen (as Leigh Shannan)

Ahna Tessler ... Claire Carey
Robert Tonino ... EMS

Andrew van den Houten ... Assistant Medical Examiner
Jana Veldheer ... Hitchhiker Susan

Rachel White ... Girl
Luke Sass ... Policeman
Peter Sass ... Policeman
Tommy Sass ... Policeman
Tracy Lorenz ... Policeman
Chris Martinez ... Policeman

Directed by
Andrew van den Houten 
Writing credits
Jack Ketchum (screenplay)

Jack Ketchum (based upon the book by)

Produced by
Joe Dreier .... co-executive producer
Moses Gross .... executive producer
Art Hindle .... associate producer
Zorinah Juan .... associate producer
Zorinah Juan .... line producer
William M. Miller .... producer
Frank Olsen .... executive producer
Robert Tonino .... producer
Ildi Toth Davy .... co-executive producer
Andrew van den Houten .... producer
Original Music by
Ryan Shore 
Cinematography by
William M. Miller (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Douglas Buck 
Casting by
Cindi Rush 
Production Design by
Krista Gall 
Brian Rzepka 
Costume Design by
Michael Bevins 
Makeup Department
Ellen Arden .... key makeup artist
Kevin Martinez .... assistant special makeup effects
Laura Menear .... wig designer
Anthony Pepe .... key special effects makeup artist
Heather Dawn Spataro .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Zorinah Juan .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sarah Grant .... first assistant director
David Patton .... second assistant director
Art Department
Aaron Bannasch .... art assistant
Ryan Beasecker .... shop foreman
Ryan Copping .... art assistant
Krista Gall .... set designer
Kristen Gorlitz .... property master
Matt Nesbary .... art intern
Kevin Parson .... set dresser
Josh Rovner .... sets: second unit
Rob Yapkowitz .... set: second unit
Sound Department
Eli Cohn .... adr engineer
John D'Aquino .... sound mixer
Spencer Hall .... sound post supervisor
Spencer Hall .... sound re-recording mixer
Jeff Hoisington .... boom operator
David C. Huet .... additional boom
Andrew Smetek .... dialogue editor
Andrew Smetek .... sound designer
Special Effects by
Anthony Pepe .... special effects makeup
Visual Effects by
Peter M. O'Neill .... digital compositor
Dan Lemieux .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Ryan Beasecker .... key grip
Chris Clarke .... gaffer
Andrew Dickieson .... second assistant camera
Jamie A. Marlowe .... first assistant camera
Casey McClurken .... electrician
Erica Thurlow .... best boy electric
Casting Department
Fiona McMaster .... extras casting
Michele B. Weiss .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kathryn Robertson .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Bradley J. Kirsch .... assistant editor
Pat Mathews .... senior film colorist
Peter M. O'Neill .... on-line editor
Other crew
Jackie Fletcher .... production accountant
Valentin Galvan .... assistant production office coordinator
David C. Huet .... production assistant (as Dave Huet)
Lee McEwen .... production assistant
Josh Orgeck .... production assistant
Lluis Fe Perez .... key production assistant
David Pollison .... acquisitions for Ghost House Underground
Scott Symons .... intern
Joe Warner .... script supervisor

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Rated R for strong bloody violence and gore, disturbing situations, language, nudity and some sexuality
Germany:100 min (European Film Market) | USA:79 min
Aspect Ratio:
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At least one of the cannibals in this movie is really a vegetarian.See more »
Errors in geography: Although the setting is to be around Dead River, Maine (the characters point out the region around Machias), the scene where the police and former policeman/investigator George are discussing the whereabouts of the killers, the police cars in the scene are a sheriff's vehicle and a clearly marked Michigan police car - complete with the lower and upper peninsulas displayed on the front quarter panel.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Flaming Star (1960)See more »
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13 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Another failed Ketchum adaptation, 17 October 2009
Author: dyl_gon from Canada

Jack Ketchum is one of the best current horror-novelists, Stephen King and Psycho novelist Robert Bloch among those screaming their praise for his gruesome and down-right disturbing stories (it's hard to find a single Ketchum book without a King quote plastered on the jacket somewhere). However, Ketchum film adaptations haven't lived up to their original text and most of them have been forgotten...despite all coming out within the last few years. With the release of Offspring, I found myself hoping Jack Ketchum film adaptations existed within some Bizzaro universe, where good books made bad movies and bad books made good movies. Offspring wasn't a particularly bad novel, but was definitely one of Ketchum's weaker efforts. A sequel to Off Season (which hasn't been filmed yet due to a rights issue), which was your typical generic cannibal movie in book form, Offspring followed a group of children cannibals terrorizing some cardboard cut-outs from Maine. If Ketchum's more enriching experiences couldn't be duplicated in film, maybe one of his more generic pieces would lend itself better to the medium of film. Unfortunately, my parallel universe fantasy was dead wrong and what we're left with is incrementally worse than any prior Ketchum adaptations.

It's easy to forget that film-making takes immense skill, work, experience and luck to produce anything of quality. It seems like every other month there's another critically acclaimed independent film from someone who had nothing but a dream and a few grand. Unfortunately, these are the very rare exception and the reason why The Blair Witch Project, Clerks, El Mariachi, and Paranormal Activity are so famous is precisely because they are the exception. For every low-budget, low-experience success, there are numerous failures. Offspring is a harsh reminder of this. Everything about it shouts out "student film" or some deviation on the word "amateur". It's rare to see something of this low quality on the rack in a video store, let alone with distribution from Sam Raimi's Ghost House Underground and the only reason for this surely must be the link to Ketchum.

The picture is cheap consumer digital video, fluctuating in and out of focus. The camera-work is utterly bland with no sense of purpose or reason, simply shooting from one seemingly random chosen angle. Editing is sporadic, sometimes going through the standard way to edit a sequence (conversations cut almost on cue to the three requisite angles: long shot, over the shoulder 1, over the shoulder 2), other times apparently unintentionally jumpy. The lighting is so evidently off studio lights, particularly in the cannibals cave dwelling which looks like a cheap studio set. The sound effects are of the variety downloaded off the Internet, including the monotonous cricket loop, the popping gun sound and cheap thwacking sounds for axe impact. These are all aspects of film that are not always apparent upon viewing, but do make a gargantuan difference in quality and effect. Offspring, because of all this and more, appears to be a cheap student exercise rather than a real, albeit low-budget, production.

There are more superficially obvious muck-ups among Offspring though. The acting is quite frankly horrendous. Whether floundering under lacklustre direction or just simply bad, the actors appear to be attempting to outdo each other in lack of emotion or personality. However, it reaches its apex when paired with the atrocious costuming of the cannibal children. Drabbed with loin cloths straight out of Tarzan Halloween costumes and with tacky Walmart wigs atop their heads, these have to be the some of the least menacing cannibals possible. It isn't until they begin giggling like Chucky had he been sucking on helium that they become the least menacing villains possible, dethroning the killer leprechaun from Leprechaun and the killer snowman from Jack Frost. They run, scream, and jump around with the overacting zeal of an ecstatic kid playing charades.

The biggest problem however, is the script itself, which sadly was written by Ketchum himself. Few would have any doubts about his ability as a novelist (even if some critics do find his material repugnant or without any substantial merit), but his first foray into screen writing is deeply flawed. He has essentially transcribed the glut of the scenes from the novel directly to the screen with little to no alteration. An endless battle over the course of a night with cannibals worked within the context of the novel as the written form allows us to explore the characters thoughts, feelings and experiences, making it something more than just endless fighting. Here, this isn't true; the scenes are, when taken out of the context of the novel, pointless and meandering. The characters are stripped of their character. The story is stripped of all its insight and intelligence, already quite limited. Film and writing are two different mediums and in this case what worked decently well in one doesn't work in the other. We don't know why, for instance, the Sheriff so willingly helps track down the cannibals (don't worry, this is essentially the first plot point). In the book, we learn through his thoughts that it's motivated by a previous encounter with them that scarred him deeply. Here, he just does it and we don't care, true of nearly every event. The despicable menacing ex from the book comes across as a mere d-bag, the three adult protagonists as boring and shallow yuppies who speak constant cheese dialogue.

Of course there are those who will propose that Offspring is primarily a bloody, gore-fest and that if the film succeeds in delivering the carnage, it's a success. All I can say is that if baby dolls smeared with blood in plastic bags and the sporadic blood spraying of an insecticide pump filling in for a severed vein, there isn't much here to recommend.

- Dylan,

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