Reel TV: Lifetime's 'Flowers in the Attic' Remake Looks Like the Guiltiest of Pleasures

Reel TV: Lifetime's 'Flowers in the Attic' Remake Looks Like the Guiltiest of Pleasures

Nov 15, 2013

Look, I’m not going to lie to you guys. I’m going to watch the hell out of this Lifetime remake of the popular V.C. Andrews story Flowers in the Attic. Reading the 1979 novel was a rite of passage for many teenagers (I was 12 when I first set eyes on her stories). All of Andrews’ books contained ridiculous amounts of dark family drama, incest and other “taboo” subjects — you know, stuff everyone was probably too young to fully grasp, but couldn’t stop reading. All the characters were rich (or used to be) and gorgeous and totally effed up. Flowers was like a gothic horror film — its red-and-black cover featured a foreboding mansion and a ghostly face peering from the attic window.

The setting of Flowers was brought to life in a 1987 film, which Nightmare on Elm Street director Wes Craven almost directed. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest actress Louise Fletcher, who played sadistic Nurse Ratched in the film, won the role of the terrifying and abusive grandmother who locks her daughter and grandchildren in the attic of her mansion. The film stripped away a lot of the sexual stuff, but implied it in amusing and awkward ways. Everyone in the cast chewed their share of scenery. 

Lifetime has decided to reboot the salacious story of the Dollanganger family, casting Academy Award-winning actress Ellen Burstyn as the wicked grandmother and Heather Graham as Corrine, her daughter. Mad Men’s Kiernan Shipka and Mason Dye will play the children who grow up in the dusty, forgotten attic. Apparently the network is promising the movie will be more true to the book than the original film, which means we should expect a whole lot of incest. The casting is perfect, the story is right for Lifetime, and the trailer doesn’t look half bad. Will you give this cinematic updating of the cult novel a chance? Flowers in the Attic airs January 18.

 

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