'Flowers in the Attic' Trailer Promises to Keep the Book's Incest
In just 30 seconds, the teaser trailer for Lifetime's adaptation of the 1979 novel "Flowers in the Attic" reminds us of all the creepiest parts of V.C. Andrews' twisted tale, from the sadistic, ultra-religious grandmother whose cowed daughter imprisons her children in the attic to--of course--the incest.
Ellen Burstyn plays the fearsome matriarch who takes in her destitute daughter (Heather Graham) and her four children. Those shots of Burstyn alone--bald and crazy-eyed, screaming about punishment as Graham shows off her scars--are enough to remind you how scary Andrews' novel is. Then there's poor Kiernan Shipka (known to most viewers as Sally Draper on "Mad Men") as Cathy Dollanganger, who--spoiler alert if you haven't read it--falls in love with her brother Chris during the two years they're trapped in the attic.
Unlike the 1987 adaptation, which completely excised the Chris/Cathy forbidden love affair, this version will uphold Andrews' original vision, the cast tells Entertainment Weekly. "We stay very faithful to the book," says director Deborah Chow. Mason Dye, who plays Chris, puts it more bluntly: "Will there be incest? Yes."
Click here to watch the trailer and join us in guessing at all the other dark moments that this adaptation seems guaranteed to cover (Grandmother cutting off Cathy's hair! Chris feeding his blood to the twins so they don't starve!). We can't wait for the movie's release on Lifetime on January 18, 2014!