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Flowers In The Attic

by Ken Tasho
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Wednesday Nov 13, 2019
Flowers In The Attic

The first of many scandalous novels written by V.C. Andrews was brought to life back in 1987 to little success. "Flowers in the Attic" became a staple of early cable television back in the day and I would avoid its nonstop airings back in the day. A book and a movie about locked away children and the incest that goes on between them? What a yucky subject matter, I thought at the time.

Now out on Blu-ray from Arrow Video, "Flowers in the Attic" features none of the incestuous angles found in the book. This, amongst many other reasons, hindered the film from doing well upon its initial release to movie theaters. Viewing the film now in 2019, the camp value alone makes this Blu-ray worth a purchase.

Histrionic matriarchy hasn't been this hilarious since "Mommie Dearest" became a cult camp classic. "Flowers in the Attic" follows suit, with a story involving widow Corrine (Victoria Tennant) who reluctantly takes her children back to the Tennant Mansion. As her children (actress Kristy Swanson, among others) get locked up in the attic of the mansion by Corrine's tyrannical grandmother, it seems Corrine isn't as innocent as the children once thought.

Featuring laughably bad performances by Swanson, Tennant, and Oscar winner Louise Fletcher, "Flowers in the Attic" somehow sneaked by unscathed by the dreaded Razzie Awards in 1987. The overwrought and soap opera-like ending has to be seen to be believed.

"Flowers" has been released in a few different home entertainment releases over the years. The difference this time is the inclusion of many new bonus extras on Arrow's Blu-ray. "The Devil's Spawn" is one such new extra and interviews actor Jeb Stuart Adams. He's the one saving grace in the film, an actor who clearly isn't chewing the scenery in his performance as Christopher. He talks highly of the film, with the exception of his disappointment in the deletion of the incest storyline. Adams also hints at the aloofness of actress Victoria Tennant.

The original ending can be viewed also, albeit in a 1987 Betamax VHS tape format seen in hazy fashion on the Blu-ray. This segment differs wildly from the theatrical ending and has a slasher horror film vibe to it.

"Flowers in the Attic"

Ken Tasho is a Corporate Drone by day and Edge Contributor by night. He has a love for all things ’80’s and resides in the Wayland Square area of Providence, RI...but would much rather be sharing an apartment in NYC with ’80’s rock goddesses Pat Benatar and Deborah Harry.

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