Flowers in the Attic was a creepy, campy gothic-horror novel that enthralled a generation of teens in the 1980s: Written by V.C. Andrews, it recounted the story of a group of children locked away by their mother and horrifically abused by their sadistic grandmother.
What made the book so juicy, though, was the fact that teen siblings Cathy and Chris Dollenganger became attached in their confinement—romantically attached. The damn thing sold more than 40 million copies and, in 1987, spawned an equally creepy and campy movie starring Kristy Swanson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Victoria Tennant and Louise Fletcher.
Now more than a quarter-century later, a new adaptation is coming to Lifetime, starring Mad Men‘s Kiernan Shipka, Heather Graham, and Ellen Burstyn as the mee-maw from hell.
The 80s movie softened the incest storyline, but this new version promises to go there. “Will there be incest? Yes,” says Mason Dye, who plays elder brother Chris in the update. “We stay very true to the book.”
Is it us, or does this sound like a good storyline for American Horror Story Season 4?
Flowers in the Attic airs January 18 on Lifetime