Though I pride myself on my encyclopedic knowledge of movies, every now and then one of these boutique labels releases a cult title that managed to slip by me. Such is the case with Scream Factory’s release of The Offspring, or, From a Whisper to a Scream. I knew of its existence, at least, mostly due to Doc Terror and his love for the film. I wasn’t expecting much, which is mostly a defense mechanism, so if a film isn’t my forte, I can at least keep an eye out for its positive values. But with The Offspring, I loved it from the first minute, and quickly realized that this is a film I should have watched long ago.
I love anthologies, but so many of them are mediocre, that I am instantly filled with apprehension when I learn that that is what I’m about to watch. I’m not sure what I expected with The Offspring, but the level of depravity took me by surprise. Part of that maybe because it’s marketed as a Vincent Price movie, but in reality, he’s just a Crypt Keeper, of sorts. Price’s character whose murderous daughter was just executed, presents four different tales to a reporter, in an attempt to explain to her, the town’s long history of of supernaturally-charged violence. Necrophilia, voodoo, flesh-eating, this movie has it all. And all of it is presented by a certified genre legend.
Scream Factory’s Blu-ray presentation of the film is a sight to behold. Usually on these non-Collector’s Edition releases, we get a few extras, but nothing much. This time around it’s stacked, including some new audio commentaries, several retrospective documentaries, including the feature-length documentary about the director, and the 8mm films he and his friends were producing as teens, and even a featured documentary about the production of this film in specific. There is more on the disc, and Scream are known for underselling their extras packages.
The picture and sound quality are reference quality, especially for a film of this nature, and from the late Eighties. Colors are gorgeous, the grain structure is existent, yet not intrusive, and the clarity is top notch. If somebody uses the term “compression artifacts” when explaining this Blu-ray release to you, smack them in the face, because they’re lying. Scream Factory put together an impressive package for a title that is a little less well-known than the the movies that generally turn into Collector’s Editions. I think The Offspring, AKA From a Whisper to a Scream has broad appeal, for even the most casual horror fans. If you were on the fence, take this as a strong recommendation for purchase. The movie is great, the extras are almost as good as the movie itself, and the video and audio presentation are in tiptop shape. Go forth, and purchase.