Flowers in the Attic (1987)
in the Attic (1987) is based on a powerful book by Virginia C.
Andrews, full of murder, incest and other terrible things. The movie
version is Gothic lite.
|Right off the bat, we
begin with endless voice-over to set the stage. Seems Mommy, Daddy,
Older brother, and the twins were in the process of happily-ever-aftering
with Cathy (Kristy Swanson) our narrator, when Daddy dies. The family
is broke, and Mommy decides to move in with Grandma, and win dying
Grandpa's affection, and with it, a place in his will.
appears in a thin bra.
|Grandma's house is a
mansion, and Grandma gives everyone a cheerful welcoming speech.
"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!"
The children are locked in a single bedroom while Mommy is given 17
lashes with a wicked bullwhip, one for each of the 17 years she lived
in sin. So much for the light childsplay. Momma does tell them about
an attic accessible from a secret panel in their room, where the two
older ones are to entertain the twins. That helps somewhat, until
Grandma stops feeding them for a while, Momma is becoming scarcer and
scarcer, and one of the twins gets VERY sick.
||I suppose the second most impressive
thing about this film is the amount of crap two mid to late teenage
young adults take from Grandmother, Mommy, and a nearly dead
Grandfather, before they get even. The most impressive thing is a
scene with Cathy in a thin bra. This is the only flesh to be
Young Kristy Swanson did a good job
in the role, and won a young performer award for her effort. That
makes the film nearly worth fast-forwarding through.
- With their
dollars ... it took in $15 million domestic
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this
description, I will
score this a D+.
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