Release Date: 23 October 2015
Format: LP Vinyl
|Jim Manzie From A Whisper To a Scream Limited Gatefold Coloured Vinyl LP + Download
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, Tenness ee, a town where homicidal compulsions are something of a traditional family value.
Through the gleefully taboo-laden course of the film's four tales, as presented by Price, of course, and in a frame story well worth remembering, Manzie's variety of approach balances a unique voice for each of the film's vignettes with a defining near-claustrophobic minimalism that effectively enfolds its lot of unfortunate outcasts within the murky history of Oldfield proper. Melodically, Manzie's score is reverent of its own forebears in kind, as it turns through moods as disparate as the droning dread of Hammer-esque organ fugues and the far-out tribal mysticism of some of Ludo Fulci's more exotic res-urrections.
Technically, however, Manzie relies on a simplified electronic palette and a spartan sense of orchestraČtion 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 homeČmade minimal electronic music of the late 1980s (the specific appreciation of which has become someČthing 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 understandČably has yet to vacate the day-glo-addled midnight memories of a generation of horror fans.
Representing Manzie's first effort for a major production before going to do work on films like Tales from the Darkside, Texas Chainsaw Massacre III, and Night of the Demons 2, the score for From a Whisper to a Scream can be described in similar terms as its host subject; as a humble but standout piece of work that makes remarkably more of itself than the apparent sum of its simple parts. With this year seeing the release of a documentary on the making of the film, it's only fair to acknowledge that Oldfield's mysterious seed of evil has undoubdtedly bedded itself forever into the consciousness of many life-long horror lovers. Luckily, where it drove Oldfield's residents to such depths of depraviČty, it's only helped to take fans of From a Whisper to a Scream to the heights of horror and back.
1.The Opening 2. Shall We Dance 3.Main Title 4.On the Hook 5.Stanley and Son 1 6. Stanley and Son 2 7.Jesse's Boat Ride 8.Jesse Snoops 9.Felders Joy Juice 10.Jesse Cue 11.Jesse Cue 2 12.Jesse Gets the Axe 13.Jesse Finale Screwy 14. Fingers Screwy Fingers 2 15.Like a Faucet 1 16. Like a Faucet 2 17. Like a Faucet 3 18.Harmonica 1 19. Harmonica 2 20.Steven Explodes 21.Ami the Pin Cushion 22.Civil War 23.Civil War Drums 24.Amanda and Gallin 25.Gallin cons Amanda 26.Tension 27.The Magistrate 28.Gallin Flambe 29.Welcome to Oldfield 30.End Credits