Vincent Price – appearing as Julian White, the uncle of an executed murderess (Martine Beswick) – narrated this Amicus/Hammer-style anthology of macabre stories, relating tales of evil from his hometown (Oldfield, Tennesse) to reporter Beth Chandler (Susan Tyrrell).
The first story (“Stanley”) is a psycho-sexual tale about Stanley Burnside (Clu Gulager), an elderly and meek man pursuing a romance with younger female co-worker Grace Scott (Megan McFarland) to the grave – and beyond – with horrifying consequences nine months later!
“On the Run” has Terry Kiser as wounded lowlife Jesse Hardwick, who is on the run from his creditors in the 1950s. He is rescued in the Louisiana bayou by a kindly backwoods hermit (Harry Caesar) with the secret to eternal life. Kiser attempts to steal the secret, and a grisly vengeance takes place.
The third tale (“Lovecraft’s Traveling Amusements”) has glass-and-razor-blade-eating carnival “freak” Steven Arden (Ron Brooks) paying the ultimate price for looking for love outside his sideshow world with local girl Amarrillis Caulfield (Didi Lanier) in the 1930s.
The final story (“Four Soldiers”) is set in the final days of the Civil War, with a group of Yankee soldiers led by sadistic Sergeant Gallen (Cameron Mitchell) held captive by a household of disfigured orphans with strange intentions.
The soldiers are forced to partake in a series of grisly games that grow excessively dangerous. – the Children of the Corn are nothing compared to these little monsters.
The film was written and shot under the title From a Whisper to a Scream but was changed to The Offspring for the American release. It reverted to its original title when it was released on DVD.
The musical score was written by Jim Manzie, former bass player and songwriter with Aussie retro-rockers Ol’ 55. It was his first major film-composing gig before working on films like Tales from the Darkside, Texas Chainsaw Massacre III, and Night of the Demons 2.
On The Run
Lovecraft’s Traveling Amusements