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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

Writers:

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


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Shot in 1985 and 1986, not released until 1987. See more »

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The opening scene has a woman on Death Row being given a lethal injection. She only gets one injection which causes her great pain before death, but the lethal injection protocol is 3 separate injections - one to render unconsciousness, one to relax the muscles, and the final one to stop the heart. 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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References I Love Lucy (1951) See more »

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Get Mad, Get Down
Written by C. Wilkening
Performed by Social Fact
Courtesy Fun Stuff Records
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Definitely one of the best horror omnibus films
11 October 2005 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

Horror omnibuses have been around in one way or another pretty much since the great Mario Bava rejuvenated them in 1963 with the awesome Black Sabbath. They often vary in quality, and many are brought down by weak links; this one, however, doesn't suffer from any weak stories. Obviously, some are better than others; but all in all, I don't hesitate to call this one of the best horror omnibuses that I've seen. From a Whisper to a Scream is most notable for the fact that it is Vincent Price's last ever 'pure' horror movie. It's a shame to see the great master during his swansong to the genre that made him; but on the other hand, this role really shows Price's talent as, despite being only a small part, he really makes the best of it. The plot concerns a small town called Oldfield. After the electrocution of his niece, librarian Julian White (Price) tells a reporter about the horrible incidents that have occurred in the town. The first tale is the weakest of the bunch - but it still has it's moments. Clu Gulager is creepy throughout, and the themes that it handles are quite frightening. Speaking of frightening - check out that tale's climax! Anyway, tale one is just a warm up, really...

Tale two is the highlight for yours truly. I love it when an omnibus flick produces a tale worth remembering - and this tale certainly is! It works from more than just visual horror, and when you think about the potency of the ending - this one really hits home. Nice message, too. Not far behind in terms of quality is tale three. This is the typical eighties story of the bunch, and a lot of the reason it works is courtesy of the gruesome special effects. This one also generates intrigue from it's story, however, and cant be seen as merely an excuse to show some blood and guts. The last tale of the quartet is the most psychological of the bunch, and it follows the fortunes of three civil war soldiers that are 'kidnapped' by a bunch of children! This one went on a little bit too long for my liking, but the ideas behind it are good and the way that we see the soldiers being dominated by the evil children is quite surreal. It's obvious that writer-director respects the fact that he's managed to get one of the all-time greatest horror actors in the film by the way that the wraparound story is handled. Usually, this part of the film lets it down because it hasn't been very well thought out - but the one in this film is completely the opposite and actually makes the movie! On the whole, this isn't a must see horror movie, but it's very good and I highly recommend it!


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