Title: Flowers in the Attic (1987) Rated: PG-13 Written by: V. C. Andrews (novel) Jeffrey Bloom (screenplay) Directed by: Jeffrey Bloom Starring: Louise Fletcher as Grandmother Victoria Tennant as Corrine Kristy Swanson as Cathy Jeb Stuart Adams as Chris Lindsay Parker as Carrie Marshall Colt as Father
By Shelley Stillo
Pre-screening memories: As with most American households in the 1980s, Shelley’s family bookshelf had room for a few titles from V. C. Andrews. The author was on her way to becoming a vertible literary industry, not unlike a certain ‘Twilight’ author today.
But Andrews tawdry Gothic tales were much more enticing to young readers, like Shelley, who would pull the copy down, crack the spine and read aloud some of the book’s more lacivious passages with her young friends.
Their mix of Southern Gothic, romance, fairy tale and horror were like a literary burrito for young Shelly.
New memories: After watching the film for the first time in 20 years, did it result in a flood of raunchy memories of late-night readings with friends? And, perhaps more importantly, just why the hell was such a novel that featured rape, incest, child cruelty, incest, death and a little more incest so popular in the first place?
You can download Natsukashi’s ‘Flowers in the Attic’ podcast here
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Our featured guest: Director Jeffrey Bloom
Jeffrey Bloom does not count Flowers in the Attic as a high watermark in his directing career. Bloom’s cinematic career began in the early 1970s, writing made-for-TV films such as Snow Job (aka The Great Ski Caper) and 11 Harrowhouse (aka Anything for Love).
His first time behind the lens was the 1975 comedy Dogpound Shuffle, followed by Blood Beach and a host of made-for-TV films.
Flowers in the Attic was the last feature film Bloom directed, and once you hear all the behind-the-scenes events that took place, you may understand why.
Jeffrey pointed us to a student-made video of the film Flowers in the Attic, which will gladly repost here:
Jeffrey is now a professional photographer in Studio City, California.