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Terror Vision is curdled to present Jim Manzie’s original score for 1987’s From a Whisper to a Scream, also known as The Offspring! Possessed by the beloved spirit of classic horror anthologies like Tales From the Crypt and Creepshow, the lovably lo-fi From a Whisper to a Scream captures Vincent Price in his final horror role as the librarian of Oldfield, Tennessee, a town where homicidal compulsions are something of a traditional family value.
Technically, however, Manzie relies on a simplified electronic palette and a spartan sense of orchestration that lends From a Whisper to a Scream a kind of minimal dread that, while reflecting the classic tones of bygone horror eras, brings along a dynamic sensibility more akin to the increasingly homemade minimal electronic music of the late 1980s (the specific appreciation of which has become something of an industry in today’s vinyl culture). In Manzie’s Oldfield, tense heartbeat rhythms punctuate arpeggios that bubble like molasses, ghostly guitar chords hum over the beat of forgotten folk rituals, and hypnotic whistle pitches sing the ominous song of the town’s dark past from a hundred treetop perches. Altogether, Manzie’s work stitches together an excellent tapestry of terror that understandably has yet to vacate the day-glo-addled midnight memories of a generation of horror fans.
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