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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

From a Whisper to a Scream a.k.a. The Offspring (1987)


What a great title for this completely neglected gem from the 1980's.  Whisper stars Vincent Price as an historian who introduces four tales of terror that happened in his small town of Oldfield.  While many anthologies of this type, such as Creepshow, use lots of humor to move the stories along, Whisper turns up the horror full blast.  There is not a weak story among the four, although my two favorites are, not surprisingly, the first and the last.  
Story One contains a strong performance from character actor Clu Gulagar [Feast] who plays a bespectacled geek with homicidal tendencies who falls in love.  It's a creepy tale with some nice twists and turns.  Story Four is a Lord of the Flies meets the Civil War tale.  It reminds me a bit of Children of the Corn and this is a good thing.  Nicely done.
Whisper showcases Vincent Price toward the end of his career.  Yet, he still has that delightful sparkle in his eyes and impeccable timing in every scene he is in.  He trades barbs with the delightful and quirky Susan Tyrrell [Cry Baby, Powder] whose sister in the movie was executed at the beginning of the anthology.  They are simply great together.
Take a chance on this one.  From a Whisper to a Scream is well worth your time.  Kudos to director Jeff Burr for bringing this nice collection of stories to life.  I'm not sure why this one has escaped most people's attention but it's a keeper in my book.
RATING: Very Good.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

2 comments:

  1. any idea where to buy dvd for this one?

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  2. I checked Amazon.com and they had a copy form an independent seller that was paired with Theater of Blood. I don't think it's an official release so you take your chances. Netflix has this one available to stream on their site. Hope that helps.

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