Review: Flowers in the Attic (1987)

This movie has been slaughtered by many fans of the book-series. I understand them. But as a stand-alone movie, I loved it!


Director: Jeffrey Bloom
Stars: Louise Fletcher, Victoria Tennant, Kristy Swanson
Distributor: Arrow
Runtime: 93 mins

“My childhood was soon to be lost, my innocence shattered, and all our dreams destroyed by what we would find within.”

After the death of her husband, a mother takes her four kids along to their tyrannical grandparents estate to claim her inheritance. To do so, the mother has to lock away her children, and hide them from her father. The kids gets really sick, and their mother more distanced. The cruel truth will soon unravel.

This was a great movie, and I will recommend it highly in the first sentence! It’s an unusual gothic thriller. It’s really cold and creepy, and got a weird incestuous subtext that’s obviously much more low-key than the book, but adds to the atmosphere. The score is beautiful and haunting, and is the perfect way to make the movie as good as it is. Another feather in the hat for Arrow. A good looking and packed release.