Monday, June 9, 2014

The Silver Scream: Lifetime TV Releasing remakes of the Dollanganger Series!

I am a huge, fanatical fan of V.C. Andrews (I actually own EVERY.SINGLE.BOOK and have read them all except for the most recent series).  I also own the original Flowers in the Attic movie.  So, needless to say, I was ecstatic (beyond measure) when I saw the very first trailer for the new remake movie of Flowers in the Attic!

You can see that wonderful trailer for yourself right here.

Unless you're not much of a TV go-er, Lifetime debuted the remake movie of V.C. Andrews best-selling novel Flowers In the Attic.  The movie was released in mid-January of 2014 and broadcast on the Lifetime Television channel in the region of the United States.

I was uber-excited to watch the movie and wasn't disappointed.  I feel the script for the new version of the movie did much better in conveying what really happened in the book, and in a much more realistic sense.

I was particularly impressed by the role of the Grandmother (played by Ellen Burstyn).  She truly captured the essence of evil indifference toward her own daughter and grandchildren.

The ending of the movie was haunting, watching the children escape together (minus Corey, who was tragically poisoned to death).

Watch the 90 Second trailer here.

Flowers in the Attic book description:

Book One of the Dollanganger Family series.

At the top of the stairs there are four secrets hidden. Blond, beautiful, innocent, and struggling to stay alive…

They were a perfect family, golden and carefree—until a heartbreaking tragedy shattered their happiness. Now, for the sake of an inheritance that will ensure their future, the children must be hidden away out of sight, as if they never existed. Kept on the top floor of their grandmother’s vast mansion, their loving mother assures them it will be just for a little while. But as brutal days swell into agonizing months and years, Cathy, Chris, and twins Cory and Carrie realize their survival is at the mercy of their cruel and superstitious grandmother…and this cramped and helpless world may be the only one they ever know.

Book One of the Dollanganger series, followed by Petals in the Wind, If There be Thorns, Seeds of Yesterday, and Garden of Shadows.

You can read more fully about the Flowers in the Attic movie at their respective pages at IMBD and Lifetime.  

Lifetime TV announced, soon-after, the book-to-movie feature of Petals on the Wind, which broadcast on May 26th on Lifetime Television in the United States region.

I honestly enjoyed Petals on the Wind more-so than I did the first movie.  It seemed the actors had really fallen into their roles at this point.

I was blown away by the story-line of Cathy's (Kiernan Shipka) romance with Julian (Will Kemp) as well as the theatrics of Corrinne (Heather Graham).

Watch the trailer here.

Petals on the Wind Book Description:

For Carrie, Chris and Cathy the attic was a dark horror that would not leave their minds.

Of course mother had to pretend they didn't exist and grandmother was convinced they had the devil in them.

But that wasn't their fault. Was it?

Cathy knew what to do. She knew it was time to show her mother and grandmother that the pain and terror of the attic could not be forgotten...Show them. Show them -- once and for all.

You can read more about the Petals on The Wind movie at their respective pages at  IMBD and Lifetime.

As of May 2014, Lifetime Television has verified on their official website:  

Lifetime is currently in development on three additional V.C. Andrews’ books, including "If There Be Thorns" and "Seeds of Yesterday," both from the Dollananger series, and the standalone novel "My Sweet Audrina."

My Sweet Audrina is one of my all-time favorite V.C. Andrews books (alongside Ruby) so I'm really excited about this one!

The whole movie thing has actually gotten me really inspired so I might just begin rereading the VCA books and posting reviews!

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