The other evening, I came home from dinner with a friend to find Sam on the couch. He was, of course, watching Lifetime. As soon as I walked in the door he hollered, "PETALS ON THE WIND, BABY!"
"What the hell is Petals on the Wind?" I replied.
"The sequel to Flowers in the Attic!"
Flowers in the Attic is a deeply disturbing book about lies, betrayal, religious fervor, child abuse, and incest. Even more disturbingly, it is a book for young adults. Lifetime recently did a made for tv movie adaptation of this shudder-inducing novel, and Sam watched it multiple times. Here, ladies and gentlemen, is Sam's review of Lifetime's Flowers in the Attic:
"One of my favorites! Terrifying! Positively Dickensian!
My favorite parts? Well, you know, the grandmother - she was a fully realized character. You feel sorry for her. At the end when she gets locked in the stairwell, she's really HUMAN in that moment.
That girl from Mad Men did a pretty good job. The brother was a disappointing casting decision.
This was like Sound and the Fury meets Wuthering Heights! Oh look, it's coming on again tomorrow!"