Here's a little known fact about me, the first "real" book that I ever read was V.C. Andrews' "Flowers in the Attic". I was nine-year-old and my mother was reading it. Every chance she got her nose was in that book. While she took a bath, sat on the porch to "watch" us play, every minute her hands were free, she was reading. I was a curious child and wanted to know what had her attention so raptly so, one day when she was out, I picked it up and began to read it. That book changed the way I viewed books from there on out and made me an avid reader.
I was floored by the way the grandmother could treat those poor children but, over the years, as I grew up, I often wondered how she turned out that way. What makes a woman hate children of her own daughter so much that she would poison them? Well, after literal decades of wondering, the world is getting ready to find out.
Flowers in the Attic: The Originis based on the prequel novel, Garden of Shadows by Andrew Neiderman. I got the chance to view the advanced screenings of "Flowers in the Attic: The Origin" a few weeks ago and, I have to admit, I didn't see any of this coming!
Flowers in the Attic: The Origin tells the story of the headstrong and determined Olivia Winfield (Rooper) who is working alongside her beloved father (Hamlin) when she finds herself unexpectedly wooed by one of the nation’s most eligible bachelors, Malcom Foxworth (Irons). After a whirlwind romance, Olivia finds herself as the mistress of the imposing Foxworth Hall, where she soon discovers that the fairytale life she expected has quickly become a nightmare. Under Malcolm’s debonair exterior lies a dark heart, and a twisted evil lurks inside Foxworth Hall that will threaten Olivia’s happiness and that of her children. Her attempts to keep them all safe ultimately push Olivia to become to most terrifying version of herself, leading to her inevitable—and notorious—decision to lock her grandchildren in the attic. . .
Dodd stars as Olivia’s daughter, Corinne; while Williams takes on the role Foxworth Hall’s longtime staff member and Olivia’s observant housekeeper, Nella. Mulgrew plays Mrs. Steiner, Malcom’s loyal house manager and head of the Foxworth Hall staff. Grammer portrays Malcom’s illustrious father Garland Foxworth, who is married to new wife Alicia, played by Boden. Wesley stars as John Amos, Olivia’s cousin whose revelations change her life forever and Callum Kerr stars as Christopher, a close relative of the Foxworth family whose life will be eternally intertwined with Corrine’s from the moment they set eyes on each other.
Additional talent starring in the four-part miniseries event includes Luke Fetherston, Buck Braithwaite, Jordan Peters, Evelyn Miller, Rawdat Quadri, Emmanuel Ogunjinmi, David Witts, Carla Woodcock and Peter Bramhill.
This movie has rape, murder, racism, greed and just about every other sin that you can think of. Sadly, you get to see how a promising young lady became the monster of a matriarch! The four part series starts tomorrow, July 8th at 8pm!