Flowers In The Attic (1987)
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After the death of her husband, a mother takes her kids off to live with their grandparents in a huge, decrepit old mansion. However, the kids are kept hidden in a room just below the attic, visited only by their mother who becomes less and less concerned about them and their failing health, and more concerned about herself and the inheritence she plans to win back from her dying father, to the point of murder...
They have come to a house where secrets are kept....where the future is haunted by the past.....where the innocent live in the shadow of sin.....where a dark legacy awaits to destroy all who defy it.....
Title: Flowers In The Attic
Release Date: November 20, 1987
Runtime: 93 mins
All Genres: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
IMDB Rating: 4.8
Buried.com Rating: 5.8 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With F
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Louise Fletcher ...Grandmother - Olivia Foxworth
Victoria Tennant ...Mother - Corrine Dollanganger
Kristy Swanson ...Cathy Dollanganger
Jeb Stuart Adams ...Chris Dollanganger
Ben Ryan Ganger ...Cory Dollanganger
Lindsay Parker ...Carrie Dollanganger
Marshall Colt ...Father - Christopher Dollanganger
Nathan Davis ...Grandfather Foxworth
Brooke Fries ...Flower Girl
Alex Koba ...John Hall
Leonard Mann ...Bart Winslow
Bruce Neckels ...Minister
Gus Peters ...Caretaker
Clare Peck ...Narrator (voice)
Virginia C. Andrews ...Window Washing Maid
Charles W. Fries
Virginia C. Andrews
More Movie Taglines:
- They have come to a house where secrets are kept....where the future is haunted by the past.....where the innocent live in the shadow of sin.....where a dark legacy awaits to destroy all who defy it.....
- The one truth they have yet to face is the terror no one could imagine.
- Home Sweet Home Is Murder
- One of the decade's most widely read best sellers is now this year's incredible shocker.
- [about Grandmother's house] Narrator: Though it's been many years since I last saw it, I'll always remember that even my first impression was one of fear and wonder. My childhood was soon to be lost, my innocence shattered, and all our dreams destroyed by what we would find within.
[about his grandmother] Chris: Look at you in your black dress. Your fancy jewels. Your pinched face. We're not afraid of you! We laugh at you! Do you hear that? We laugh!
Cathy: Do you need to use the bathroom? Chris: No. Cathy: Not even to brush your teeth? Chris: I don't feel like it tonight.
Grandmother: Your mother has come home after seventeen years to repent for her sins and for her crime. Not only against your grandfather and me, but against God! Your mother's marriage was unholy! A sacrilege! An abomination in the eyes of the Lord! She did not fall from Grace! She leapt! Into the arms of a man whose veins pulsed with the same blood as hers! Not a stranger, but her own uncle! And you, the children, are the devil's spawn! Evil from the moment of conception! Cathy: [shouts] I'm getting my mother! [gets up from the bed and runs to the door] Grandmother: [shouts] Come back here! [Cathy opens the door and sees John and screams and then returns to her bed] Grandmother: Sit down, be silent and don't move again until I leave.
Cathy: Why are you just standing there, Mother? Cory needs to be taken to a hospital there is no other decision to make [the mother just stands there looking and quivering] Cathy: What's wrong with you mother? Are you going to just stand there and think about yourself and your money while Cory lies there and dies? Don't you care what happens to him? Have you forgotten that you're his mother? Mother: Always it's you. [slaps Cathy] Cathy: [slaps her mother back] Chris: Cathy! Cathy: [shouts] Damn you to hell, Mama, if you don't take Cory to a hospital right now! You think you can go on doing whatever you want with us and nobody will ever find out? If Cory dies, Mama, you'll pay for it! One way or another, I will find a way. I promise you that.
- Cameo: [Virginia C. Andrews] the author of "Flowers In The Attic" appears as a window washer.
According to the director, Victoria Tennant got angry about her "hanged mother" scene and walked off the set.
The cardboard replica of the film poster is included in the Region 1 DVD edition as an insert, and this is a bit of a curiosity. The official credits for the film lists Jeffrey Bloom as the screenwriter and the director, but the poster says that the screenplay was written by Hilary Henkin and Wes Craven and that the film was directed by Wes Craven. At one point, Wes Craven was scheduled to direct the movie and you can read an excerpt from his script in the V.C. Andrews Trivia and Quiz book that was published in 1994. The insert, therefore, wasn't a mistake, it was a rare glimpse at what could have been.
Author Virginia C. Andrews died shortly before the film's release.
According to Kristy Swanson, she and Louise Fletcher received scripts for "Petals on the Wind" (the next book in the series) but the film never got off the ground. Swanson has described it as "all sex".
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