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From a Whisper to a Scream (1987)

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This horror anthology is hosted by Vincent Price and features a quartet of chilling stories, all of which took place in a single town that seems to inspire people to do horrendous things to each other. The stories contain scenes of graphic violence and considerable gore. The film is also known as From a Whisper to a Scream.more
Rating: R
Genre: Horror
Directed By:
Written By: C. Courtney Joyner, Jeff Burr, Darin Scott
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 20, 2005
Runtime:
Conquest Entertainment - Official Site

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Cast

Vincent Price
as Julian White
Susan Tyrrell
as Bess Chandler
Clu Gulager
as Stanley Burnside
Terry Kiser
as Jesse Hardwicke
Harry Caesar
as Felder Evans
Rosalind Cash
as The Snake Woman, Sid...
Cameron Mitchell
as Sgt. Gallen
Martine Beswick
as Katherine White
Angelo Rossitto
as Carny Barker
Lawrence Tierney
as Official at Executio...
Ron Brooke
as Stephen Arden
Didi Lanier
as Amaryllis
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Audience Reviews for From a Whisper to a Scream

½

Half boring, half entertaining. This is an anthology horror film with stories told by Price, and he's cool, but the stories could be better. Overall, it's a pretty good movie.

ajv2688
Aj V

Super Reviewer

An okay-ish 80s anthology horror flick. Vincent Prince and lots of gore. Check it out, if that's your thing.

Some horror fanatics might know "From a Whisper to a Scream" by its other title, "The Offspring." Director Jeff Burr and the screenwriters take the portmanteau formula and inject their own brand of bloodletting and revolting deeds of dementia into it. Their approach takes the art form to a whole other level of graphicness and disgust that couldn't be explored in previous decades.

Beneath the small-town exterior of Oldfield, Tennessee lies a history of shocking violence and terrifying phenomena, as recounted by local historian Julian White (Vincent Price). In the '80s, an office worker (Clu Gulager) nurses a deadly crush. In the '50s, a witch doctor (Harry Caesar) holds the secret to unending life. In the '30s, fighting breaks out in a traveling carnival over forbidden love. Finally, in the 1860s, Union soldiers discover a group of orphaned children with a deadly agenda.

When you see Vincent Price's name attached to "From a Whisper to a Scream," your mind will drift to the classic films he made in the 1960s and 1970s, which were tame by today's horror standards. I assure you that's not the case here. The four tales presented come stuffed full of the gore and gruesomeness we all expect from 1980s genre movies.

"From a Whisper to a Scream" is rated R for violence and gore, adult situations, nudity, profanity, alcohol, drugs, smoking, and frightening and intense sequences. Necrophilia is insinuated which spawns a deformed monster baby in one of the most disturbing segments of the film. No nudity is shown in relation to sex. It was still unnecessary and added nothing to the story or plot.

"From a Whisper to a Scream" fits perfectly somewhere between other portmanteau films made in the 1980s like "Tales from the Darkside" and "Creepshow" and 1960s classics such as "Tales from the Crypt" and "The Vault of Horror." Vincent Price serving as the teller of the sordid stories lends an air of nostalgia which leads the viewer to expect a bit more quality to what might be mistakenly thought of as just another attempt at an anthology collection. However, you'll find yourself glad you made the trip to Oldfield as the ending credits roll.

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