Bluray Review: FROM A WHISPER TO A SCREAM (aka-THE OFFSPRING)

unnamed (19)Sometimes a release comes that could very easily be worth the price of purchase, just based on the film itself. Sure, it’s always a plus to have some kickass special features, and that’s good and all, but some films just grab you by the collar and scream out: BUY ME!! Those releases are fine, but there’s a special bonus feeling of excitement when you not only get one of those special films AND enough supplemental material to last for HOURS. That, my loyal fright fanatics, is what I’d like to call an “AYFKM” release. Enough suspense, it stands for ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?!

Jeff Burr’s terrifying and bloody as all hell anthology, FROM A WHISPER TO A SCREAM (aka-THE OFFSPRING) is just that type of Bluray release, adding yet another title to an already VERY impressive line of films that the gang at Scream Factory have given the HD treatment. Is it a title that you should check out? The answer is a big, resounding YES, and is (in my opinion) one of the best Bluray releases of the year.


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THE MOVIE:

Written by genre vets Jeff Burr, Darin Scott and C. Courtney Joyner and Directed by Burr, FROM A WHISPER TO A SCREAM is a rare anthology that fires on all cylinders, giving viewers not a disjointed set of stories like a lot of films like this do, but instead offers up a series of tales that are awesome, wrapped together by a genre legend. Very few anthologies succeed as well as this one does, and if you’ve never taken the time to check it out, you’re in for quite an experience, the film being such a treat for horror fans.

Beginning with the execution of a female serial killer, FROM A WHISPER TO A SCREAM brings a reporter to Oldfield, the town in which the murderer hailed from, and to the town’s historian (the great Vincent Price in one of my favorite performances of his). Curious as to why the murderer turned out the way she had, the reporter listens to the historian’s insisting that it wasn’t the woman who drove herself to kill, it was the town itself. Through the written history of Oldfield, Price’s historian tales us tales that span different eras, but all have one thing in common: leaving a large amount of bodies, due to everything from an incestuous brother/sister relationship to a voodoo curse or murderous children.

The film’s stories, featuring everybody from Clu Gulager, Miriam Byrd-Nethery (Gulager’s real life wife) and Rosalind Cash, to Bernie himself, Terry Kiser. It’s a film filled with actors who do quite the job bringing such macabre and gory tales to life, with each writer’s style and approach working together perfectly to tell a set of tales that together, make up the historian’s story of a town cursed with death and murder.

Scream Factory does a great job bringing the anthology to life in HD, with just enough cleaning up to look great, but still looking of its time, in a good way. I really love how they never overdo it, and leave enough grain and grit to make you feel like you’re experiencing a classic horror film, because well, you are.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Easily one of the most jam-packed releases from Scream Factory, FROM A WHISPER TO A SCREAM gives fans an INSANE amount of supplemental material. There’s enough to last hours, and not a single one is dull or not completely entertaining.

There’s a set of brand new commentaries, one with director Jeff Burr, and the other featuring Darin Scott and C. Courtney Joyner, both commentaries give you enough information to make you an authority on the production, the stories are rich. The standouts on the disc though, are two FULL length documentaries, RETURN TO OLDFIELD and A DECADE UNDER THE INNOCENCE, the first being a VERY comprehensive doc all about the entire production of the film featuring everyone from Burr, Scott, Joyner and makeup/fx artists and the second doc being all about the filmmakers creating super 8 films as teenagers growing up in Georgia. There are trailers and a still gallery as well, but both docs are so thorough and full of entertaining nuggets of horror stories and some pretty crazy ones as well (Burr and co. buying Price’s address from someone and showing up at his house to ask him to be in their film). It’s mind-blowing how many special features the gang at SF gathered for this release, and it’s quite easily one of the most comprehensive releases in quite some time.

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