Lifetime is already the home of the most wonderful guilty pleasure movies, so an adaptation of V.C. Andrews’ “Flowers in the Attic” was a perfect fit. But the translation from gothic teen novel to campy TV movie lost a little of its delicious pulp along the way.
The novel and both movie versions follow the lives of the Dollanganger children (Kiernan Shipka and Mason Dye), who are moved from their perfect suburban Stepford life into a locked attic room at their mom’s parents’ mansion. Turns out, their parents were actually related, and their mother (Heather Graham) was disowned from her family for her relationship.
Yep, it’s a pretty disturbing story. Cutting some of the especially creepy and disturbing stuff from the book for the Lifetime audience — the blood feeding and the rape, in particular — makes sense. But just one chaste kiss between the two adolescent siblings? Come on, we’re all here for the soapy incest. Quit pretending we’re not.
Frankly, the best Lifetime movies straddle that fine line between “totally engaging look at serious issues” and “overacted campy mess” very well, and “FitA” just didn’t cut it. It was … kinda boring, right? Even though it was about incest and children imprisoned in an attic?