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Here's a Look at the Cast of Lifetime's Incest Drama "Flowers in the Attic"

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | August 15, 2013 | Comments ()


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If you grew up in the 80s, there’s probably a good chance that your parents had a copy of Flowers in the Attic lying around your house somewhere. It’s kind of like the 50 Shades of Grey of the era, in that even people that didn’t regularly read had a copy of Virginia Andrews novel because, I mean, everyone wanted to read the parts about the brother and sister f**king, right? (Maybe it’s because from Arkansas).

Anyway, Lifetime is making another movie out of the book, which is about four siblings whose father tragically dies. The mother, however, locks the kids away in the attic, remarries another man who doesn’t even know she has kids, wants to kill the kids for the inheritance, and oh yeah! The older brother and older sister locked away in the attic end up falling in love, and having the sex.

So, I’m sure you’re curious about who will be playing the principal roles. Well, Heather Graham is going to play the mom/slash widow/evil woman.

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Ellen Burstyn will play the grandmother, who is also a horrible person.

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I don’t know who he is, but Mason Dye (The Secret Diary of an American Cheerleader) will be playing the older brother.

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And who will be playing the brother f*cker? “Mad Men’s” Sally Draper, Kiernan Shipka. She is still only 14 years old, people, so, uh, don’t go there.

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(Source: Deadline)


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  • Strand

    Brotherfucker! Brotherfucker! Kingslayer's whore!

  • Lucy Van Pelt

    The brother and sister procreate and a few sequels later their kids do it too. (or not.) But I wouldn't doubt it. All those books had incest themes. Makes you wonder about VC and her childhood.

  • leuce7

    Technically, they don't procreate--they jointly raise Cathy's boys by other fathers and they adopt a daughter together. And technically, their kids don't sleep with their own siblings (although there's a weird lust-hate thing going on between one of the boys and their adopted sister), but instead sleep with the other siblings' significant others.

    So while there are incest and incest-like dynamics at play everywhere, there is technically no incest-produced procreation. Because of course that makes everything kosher, right? If you go back a few generations, however . . .

    Also, I can't believe how less tawdry this seemed when I was twelve. Or rather, how the illicitness made up for the tawdriness. Times have changed some.

  • Lucy Van Pelt

    It has been a while since I perused this Great American Novel (or were they in England?)

  • Matt Willis

    I get that you are ashamed/embarrassed/relieved to have moved on from lil' old Arkansas, but as an Arkansan myself, I can assure you, and others as well, that we don't all feel the way you do about the state. We also all do not f*ck our cousins, walk around barefoot, etc.

  • ,

    That's West Virginians, right?

    Well, in West Virginia, we can say, "Don't look at us. That's Mississippi."

  • marya

    That's what we say in Georgia, too. Poor Mississippi.

  • We say that in Alabama too. The state motto is "Thank God for Mississippi"

  • Walt Jr

    TN here, we'll take the brunt of the kissin cousins myth. What the heck, why not. We are the Volunteer State afterall

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Yes, Mississippi is poor indeed.

  • Out of curiosity, does anyone know when VC herself stopped writing and when the ghost writers took over? I was obsessed with these in middle school (late 80s) before moving on to Anne Rice. My friends and I honestly thought there was a vault or file somewhere that had all these unpublished VC Andrews manuscripts just waiting for the light of day.

    I was always surprised my parents didn't seem to mind that I was reading crap. In retrospect, I think they were just happy I was reading.

  • Jifaner

    All of Flowers in the Attic are hers, My Sweet Audrina (my personal fave) and most of the Heaven series. The last 2 books in that one were ghost written. She died in the mid-80s I think, so really MOST VC Andrews books are not really written by her.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Parents owned this book? I thought it was just kids - bunches of my friends had VC Andrews books, including the most popular, My Sweet Audrina.

  • Berry

    My childhood best friend's mother was a librarian, and she recommended the series to us, saying it was really good and we would probably enjoy it. And this must have been before we turned twelve.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    huh. interesting. I think it probably made the rounds of my crew around 6-8th grade, 89-91ish.

  • Berry

    How old are 6-8th graders in this case? Sorry, I'm not from US. But late 80's, very early 90's was the Andrews era for us as well.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    12-14. But my thought was more that it's not reading material that I would expect an adult to recommend to kids of that age.

  • Berry

    Oh, you're right, it's not. I didn't think anything of it then, but it's become a funny story to share since. "You know what my friend's mother the librarian told us we should totally read when we had just about hit puberty? Flowers in the attic! Crazy, right?"

  • TheOriginalMRod

    Still not as bad as twincest.

  • ,

    They made a movie of this already, didn't they? Swear I saw it.* Pretty boring, IIRC.

    But by "They" I don't mean Lifetime. That ... that's just too good to be true.

    *--Yep. Kristy Swanson and Louise Fletcher the big names here:

    http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/...

  • Kate at June

    is this the one where she tries to kill them with cookies laced with poison powdered sugar? I have a vague childhood memory of that....

  • Mrs. Julien

    Your vague memory is correct.

  • Guest

    It's Lifetime after all, look at their original movies:

    http://www.imdb.com/list/NRTzr...

    It will be bad (and doubly so considering the source material)..

  • Jifaner

    This. Is. AWESOME! I looooooved those books and Ellen Burstyn is perfect for the grandmother. Kiernan is not quite right, but maybe they will make her blonder. All the siblings are supposed to be very, very blonde.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Isn't Cathy (Is it Cathy? I refuse to check.) a ballerina?

  • Jifaner

    Yes it's Cathy (Catherine) and she was a dancer. It becomes important in later books >.< I think the kids are Chris, Cathy, Cory and Carrie? The mom is Corrine. 12 year old me thought the C name theme was fabulous.

  • Berry

    I want to say yes. At least something about her dancing and being all heavenly beautiful while her brother watches is lodged into my memory.

  • Yup. She was a Special Snowflake Ballerina, and yes it keeps getting more important.

    I do not know why this makes me all ragey. Cathy was seriously the first book character that I absolutely hated. Even at 12 or 13, sneaking a copy, I hated her.

  • JenVegas

    Yep, that's the image alright.

  • Nyltiak

    Oh, man. I'm stupidly excited about a Flowers In The Attic movie that includes the incest. I don't know what that says about me....

  • LaineyBobainey

    Swear to god - it's like someone got in my head and said 'What will make Lainey the happiest Lainey in all the land? I KNOW, we'll make a LIFETIME movie of Flowers in the Attic!' and BAM, here it is.

    This is basically like a present to me from the trashy teevee gods.

  • Maguita NYC

    The Trashy Teevee gods are always listening through the bunny ears/antennas on your TV. You remember that Lainey!

  • Mrs. Julien

    You know what would be a bow on that present? A real time review or live blog by TK and Courtney.

    [flees]

  • AngelenoEwok

    Damnit, I'm so conflicted! My head wants Courtney for this live blog, but my heart says TK.

  • Wigamer

    Gotta be TK.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    The Fug Girls liveblog together - why not those two?

  • Eep

    When I think super-evil conniving bitch, I think Heather Graham.

    Then I bust out laughing.

  • Jifaner

    She doesn't act super evil, and she is pushed into it by The Grandmother (who IS super evil)

  • No, she was pretty much bat-shit crazy after the money train (erm, her uncle/husband) died.

    I didn't think the Grandmother was as bad as the Mom, but that's just me. I mean, she did poison them, and beat the shit out of them, and starve them, and kind of pour tar on her granddaughter's head, but in her defense, those were four really effed up kids.

    I am just torn about Kiernan Shipka playing That Bitch Cathy, Who I Hate. Who I still hate (and it's worse if you keep reading the books, which naturally I did because I've always had series completion issues.) She will do the best job we could hope for, but in the end, she will be playing That Bitch, Cathy, Who I Hate.

  • Andrew

    I'll be that guy.

    It's 'whom'.

  • Eep

    Oh, fair enough then. Easily-manipulated deer in the headlights should be right in the old wheelhouse. Not familiar with the material, so I was just going by Dustin's "evil woman" characterization.

  • Berry

    One of the funniest things I've read in a while was when Celebitchy (I'm often very bored at work, okay?) wrote about this and one of the comments did the "kids these days, reading Twilight and 50 shades" -spiel. Which is nice enough spiel, in and of itself. But this time it included a bit about how much better it was "back in the day" when teens read quality literature -- such as Flowers In The Attic.

    Honestly. Nostalgia is all fine and good, but have some self-awareness. This series was shlock, pure and simple. Time and Twilight have done nothing to change that.

    Edit Which isn't to say that one shouldn't enjoy these books or the prospect of this movie. Shlock has its uses.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    also that this shlock was not as much an overblown part of popular culture. We enjoyed our shlock discreetly back then. Furtive is more fun, after all.

  • I remember pulling the cover off a copy, purely so people wouldn't see what I was reading.

  • Berry

    Good point, and as an argument for why things were better "in our day", that one actually holds water, I think. But if we're talking about literary value, or rather lack thereof, it's difficult for me to see how Flowers is supposed to be so much superior as a work of fiction, or Twilight so much worse. It's just funny to me that people use this series as an example of how much better things used to be, when I'd say it rather proves that the more things change, the more they stay the same.

    Although, if Andrews was writing now, do you think she might become an annoyingly overblown part of popular culture? Internet tends to do that to so many things, after all.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Maybe. Same thing with Anne Rice, though she was more overtly popular at the time. Just like Porky's. Do I know anyone who saw any of the Porky's movies in the theater? No. Am I one of the countless who watched snippets late at night on HBO (along with scrambled Cinemax, as a poster on another piece mentioned the other day.) Now, why would you even bother?

  • InternetMagpie

    Ellen Burstyn is going to chew through the screen and devour all of our faces. Pretty excited about that.

  • Jerce

    Ew ew ew ew ew. To the books, to the movies, all of it. Ew.

  • Yuck. I want to return to not knowing this is happening or that those books were written.

  • NynjaSquirrel

    Still four years older than when Chloe Moretz took on that violent, profanity laden role in KickAss.

  • Gigi

    It's V.C. Andrews not Virginia.

  • simplysarah

    the V stands for Virginia.

  • JenVegas

    Yes but she penned all of the books under the name V.C. Andrews.

  • Carrie

    I thought she started as Virginia and when she died the estate took her notes for other books and she became VC? The books I read as a kid were Virginia anyway, not VC.

  • simplysarah

    Yes but that still doesn't make it wrong to call her Virginia.

  • dizzylucy

    I don't know Mason Dye either, but he loses points for that haircut.

  • Mrs. Julien

    It gets weirder more gross, too.

  • Maguita NYC

    I am curious though how they're going to translate it once more on contemporary film.

    Also, Ellen Burstyn!

  • LucyKlein

    I remember watching the original movie when I was younger, I did not realize the brother/sister were fucking. They really down play it.

    Image my surprised when years later I picked up the book.

  • Mrs. Julien

    And again a photo has been chosen which reinforces my resemblance to her.

    It's so sick. I, of course, read all of the books, well, 3, in the 1980s.

  • Maguita NYC

    Happy bday pretty girl! Hope you have an amazing day.

    Also, I found 5$ and went ahead and bought you Henry Cavill, OMG. HISGL, md.

  • Mrs. Julien

    He really is SGL! And, like ice cream, so very delicous.

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