An incestuous shocker!
Based on the first novel of a troubling series about manipulation, imprisonment, rape and torture, it could be said that Flowers in the Attic is psychological horror disguised as drama. What it has in store is extremely shocking. It is scripted and filmed to give you the impression you are reading a thick sinister novel, rendered with purposely awkward, melodramatic and surreal dialog.
The film is frustrating for good and bad reasons. Because there is mild teenage romance and nudity, some of the cast is older than it should be if we are to believe that four trapped siblings are being oppressed and sequestered; unable to use self-defense to escape. We are asked to accept that they are deliberately submitting to torture against their inheritance, but it drills the plot with holes.
This film is hard to watch but even harder to pause. It calls upon the voyeur in us, erotizing its characters into incest and forcing us to enjoy scenes with ambiguous consent and of dubious moral. We discover how a rich and successful family can manage to cover and tolerate ultimate debauch, and what led to it. The threat is insidious and reminds us of the real evils of society.