Flowers in the Attic (1987) Reviewed

It’s hard to imagine anyone associated with this hilarious mess expected it to be taken seriously. The concept – turning one of the most popular study hall sneak reads of 80s teens into a major motion picture – was a natural. But with source material this over the top, you’d better find someone who knows how to direct camp. Instead the tale of four doe-eyed bastard siblings who are held prisoner in the attic of their crazy grandmother’s mansion, plays like British melodrama as written by Joe Esterhauz. Louise Fletcher chews the scenery as the grandmother but looks kind of embarrassed (this, from the star of The Exorcist II and Brainstorm). A pre-Buffy Kristy Swanson plays the elder daughter, but no one can make this dialogue sound good. The book’s incest themes are all but absent – though there is one lingering stare from big brother at bath time. Not completely without merit, this qualifies for the perfect movie to watch with friends at 4 o’clock in the morning when everyone’s sense of humor has started to flag. Bad cinema is rarely this delicious.

~ by Number5ive on February 19, 2010.

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