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From A Whisper To A Scream a.k.a. The Offspring

June 30th, 2008 by unkle lancifer · 1 Comment


FROM A WHISPER TO A SCREAM a.k.a. THE OFFSPRING may not be the best horror anthology in the world, but it does put VINCENT PRICE and SUSAN TYRREL in the same room together and that’s good enough for me. Happily, the first and last of the four stories (The PRICE/TYRREL bit serves as a wraparound) end up being particularly well suited for the pages of Kindertrauma. The first tale involves a stalker with a heart of blech (RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD‘s CLU GULAGER, remarkably unrecognizable) who goes a bit too far trying to win the affections of a co-worker (and by a bit too far I mean killing her and doing the wild thing with her corpse!). After nine months a baby is born to the buried, dead woman and immediately sets about filling this anthology’s small creature on the rampage slot (which usually is the last story). CLU is great and so is the little monster, but TRILOGY OF TERROR this ain’t and as soon as the action gets good, the story is over. Next we have two tales about witchcraft gone wrong. They both have satisfying conclusions, but each takes its own sweet time getting there. (I like to think of myself as a patient viewer, but c’mon there’s no time for lollygagging in an anthology movie!) The final story is a Civil War CHILDREN OF THE CORN with an anti-war message that brings to mind WHO CAN KILL A CHILD? Starring the great CAMERON MITCHEL (THE TOOLBOX MURDERS) and featuring some morbid sight gags, like a bunch of kids playing pin the tail on the donkey with human body parts, it’s a pretty cool addition to the whole murderous-children-have-taken-over sub-genre. In this case, the children follow the lead of a mystery being called “The Magistrate,” which turns out to be something pretty damn gruesome. I especially enjoyed the scene that involved a child telling a tied up adult, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all” as he bashes him on the head with a human bone. This segment could also win an award for “Most Repulsive Use For a Severed Eyeball.” Overall, there’s enough originality and go-for-broke gusto to warrant a viewing from any horror fan, but stand warned that the pacing is a bit off and that you may see the various comeuppance conclusions coming from a mile away. Whatever the film’s weak suites, its cast more than makes up for them, time and time again.

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  • 1 ApocalypsejunkieNo Gravatar // Jul 27, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Okay, I finally caught this flick. And yes the last story is as disturbing as the screen grab pictured above.
    The antebellum house all boarded up and “decorated” by the kids is also as disturbing as the kids themselves.

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