Flowers in the Attic
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Item Type: DVD Movie
Item Rating: NR
Street Date: 04/24/01
Wide Screen: yes
Director Cut: no
Special Edition: no
Foreign Film: noSubtitles: no
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Top Customer Reviews
The story is about four beautiful children (Chris, Cathy, Carrie, and Cory), who are locked away in a room by thier selfish mother, with a filthy attic as their playground. Their cruel heartless Grandmother brainwashes the small children, Cory and Carrie, into thinking that they are "devil's spawn", and they are painfully malnourished. They live each day as if it were a year, sadly awaiting the truths that are to come from their greedy mother.
This book will capture the tears from your eyes, as you feel the trials and triumphs of four helpless children, locked away without care.
I recommend the rest of the dollanganger series from V.C. Andrews, from the escape from the attic; to the return; and thier lives still haunted by the house; and a Pre-quel.
-Petals on the Wind,
-If there be Thorns,
-Seeds of Yesterday,
-and finally, Garden of Shadows.
The acting was young Anakin Skywalker-level stiff - from the adults. The script was inscrutable and not a good adaptation of the book. Even the narration was awful - like one of those Southern-fried Investigation Discovery Murder dramatization series.
Almost hokey enough for the MST3K treatment, but not quite bad enough to be that good.
The book "Flowers in the Attic" isn't just a horror story of 4 kids locked away in an attic by their zealot grandmother. It weaves a complex tale about mixed relationship roles in a family, as the lines blur between father/brother, mother/sister, spouse/sibling, and parent/grandparent. It's also the first book in a series, and the ending doesn't offer much of a resolution. The bottom line is that there is simply no way you can cram that whole book into a 90 minute movie. The character development would have been extremely rushed and confusing, and the film might have even gotten an NC-17 rating at the time with the incest. The writers obviously knew this, though I guess the 1-star reviewers here don't. I suppose they could have alternatively tried adopting it into a mini-series, but I don't know if they would have been able to keep new viewers tuning in week after week.
So the writers instead cut out the incestuous complexities of the brother/sister relationship, and added a resolution which the book doesn't have. Does this sacrifice a lot of the parallel stories in the book? Sure. But again, I don't know how else you could have turned this into a 90 minute movie. All things considered, they did a decent job. I have no shame in saying I even liked the movie's ending more than the book's passive ending.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
this was originally a book. more descriptive in the novel. the story is on the mark. could happen to anyone. Read morePublished 15 days ago by edward
I totally remember this movie when I was a younger nice to find older movies on dvd nowPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Visual quality was good. Great film to illustrate narcissistic family dynamics.Published 3 months ago by Greg
I liked the movie because there is so much truth to be told about society. I suspect there are many children whom are treated the same way these children are treated and no one... Read morePublished 3 months ago by David C.
Good movie, but left out some things from the books, but better than the remakePublished 4 months ago by Thalia N.Barroso Tartak