The uncle of an executed murderess relates four stories of his hometown, Oldfield, to a reporter: an elderly man pursues a romance with a younger woman, even to the grave and beyond...a wounded man on the run from creditors is rescued by a backwoods hermit with the secret to eternal life...a glass-eating carny pays the ultimate price for looking for love on the outside...and Civil War soldiers are held captive by a household of orphans with strange intentions for them. Written by
Brian J. Wright <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Shot in 1985 and 1986, not released until 1987. See more »
The opening scene has a woman on Death Row being given a lethal injection. She only gets one injection which causes her great pain before death, but the lethal injection protocol is 3 separate injections - one to render unconsciousness, one to relax the muscles, and the final one to stop the heart. See more »
One thing I've learned, my dear, is that one is never too old for nightmares.
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Near the end of the credits, we are told "WHEN IN TENNESSEE VISIT OLDFIELD". Oldfield is not a real town. See more »
Next to the British TALES FROM THE CRYPT and Corman's TALES OF TERROR, THE OFFSPRING is one my favorite horror anthology film. It makes CAT'S EYE and CREEPSHOW 2 look pitiful by comparison.
The thing I liked the best about THE OFFSPRING(aside form Vincent Price being in it, of course) was that each story ran as long as it had to. If I recall correctly, there are four stories, and with the tie-in sequences, that makes for a fast-paced viewing. The film focuses on the gruesome incidents involving a semingly cursed town, and the people who had passed through it. Price is perfectly creepy as the town's "caretaker" as he unravels one story after another of strange occurrences.
The sequence with Clu Gulager is simply disgusting, the cheap effects almost ruining the ending.
The story about voodoo is good, as is the Civil war sequence.
I like THE OFFSPRING a lot, mostly because it has more balls and imagination that most of the films that pretend to be horror films nowadays. And it is the last starring appearance of the late-great Vincent Price, reason enough to check it out.
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