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From a Whisper to a Scream (1987)

The Offspring (original title)
In a small Tennessee town, an historian relates four horror stories to a reporter.

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Jeff Burr

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C. Courtney Joyner, Mike Malone (additional story material) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Price ... Julian White
Clu Gulager ... Stanley Burnside
Terry Kiser ... Jesse Hardwick
Harry Caesar ... Felder Evans
Rosalind Cash ... Snakewoman
Cameron Mitchell ... Sgt. Gallen
Susan Tyrrell ... Beth Chandler
Martine Beswick ... Katherine White
Ron Brooks ... Steven Arden
Miriam Byrd-Nethery ... Eileen Burnside
Didi Lanier ... Amarrillis Caulfield
Thomas Nowell ... Andrew (as Tommy Nowell)
Ashli Bare Ashli Bare ... Amanda
Terence Knox ... Burt (as Terry Knox)
Megan McFarland ... Grace Scott
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

From a Whisper to a Scream See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,100,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,355,728
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Tennessee carried out no executions between November 1960 and April 2000, but had it carried out an execution in the 1980s, the state would have used the electric chair. Tennessee did not authorize lethal injection as a method of execution in the 1980s, so the scene depicted early in the film could not have taken place. Electrocution was the only method on the books from 1916 until lethal injection was adopted in 2000. See more »

Quotes

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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Referenced in Making Out (2016) See more »

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Written by Jimmer Podrasky (as James Podrasky) and Michael Kaniecki (as M. Kaniecki)
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Underrated horror omnibus
27 March 2005 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

"From a Whisper to a Scream" is a very lively and surprisingly entertaining horror anthology that got neglected in the congested horror offer of the eighties. That's quite a shame because this little sickie film has several things going for it, like for example one of the very last performances of the legendary Vincent Price and a versatile range of demented and gruesome tales. This film uses a creative starting point, namely a little Tennessee town that seems to inject pure evil into the lifeblood of its inhabitants. The story begins with the execution of a female serial killer born and raised in Oldfield, Tennessee. Afterwards, an obstinate journalist goes to see Oldfield's old librarian Julian White (who also happens to be the killer's uncle) and he tells her four stories of past horror to illustrate what wicked influence this demonic little town has. I was expecting to see tame and ethically correct terror tales (like the kind "Creepshow" features) but, to my surprise, every chapter was imaginative and very violent! The first story contains the most shocking theme (necrophilia!) but it was the least convincing one and merely served as a vicious warming-up feature. Clu Gulager looks truly frightening in this chapter and the tone is effectively depressing. After the first, the fun really kicks in with three very exciting and hard-boiled tales of madness! The second one revolves on a small time crook hunting for the secret of eternal life in the swampy wastelands around Oldfield. This chapter features a gruesome climax and haunting anti-greed message. The third story is my absolute favorite, simply because it handles about fierce carny folks! A traveling carnival passes by Oldfield and one of the acts falls in love with the local beauty Amaryllis. But, it turns out that the carnival and its performers hide some terrible secrets and the fiendish leader won't let any of her "slaves" get away. I loved the eccentric characters in this tale, as well as the tense atmosphere. The climax here is exaggeratedly gore and a must-see sequence for fans of cheesy 80's splatter. The last episode is very spooky and enlightens us a little more on the history of this devilish little town. It's set at the end of the Civil War where hillbilly soldiers are captured and molested by .... children who lost their parents. Some really good scenery and atmosphere in this tale, as well as good eerie performances by the child-actors. "From a Whisper to a Scream" is an overall original and amusing horror film with quite some sickness and shocking images. Price is still great although it hurts to see this once-vivid horror veteran ageing. There are interesting cameos from Lawrence Tierney as the warden and Martine Breswick as the convicted serial killer. Recommended!!


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