W: Jeffrey Bloom [based on the novel by Virginia
DP: Frank Byers & Gil Hubbs
Ed: Gregory F. Plotts
Mus: Christopher Young
PD: John Muto
Louise Fletcher (Olivia Foxworth), Victoria Tennant
(Corinne Dollanganger), Kristy Swanson (Cathy Dollanganger), Jeb Adams (Chris Dollanganger)
Based on a best-selling sensationalist novel, all the
horrors from the book have been toned down in favour of soap opera style melodramatics.
Following the death of her husband, perfect mother
Victoria Tennant returns to her parents with her four children, who are locked in the attic by their deranged grandmother who refuses to allow their existence to be known to their terminally
ill grandfather before his death (he didn't approve of his daughter's marriage and wrote her out of his will as a result).
Months pass, with the children still hidden away and they
soon discover that their mother is no better, feeding them poisoned cookies to keep them inert.
The incest storyline from V. C. Andrews original book
receives the most dilution, replaced instead with mere innuendo before a finale which is more likely to make you laugh than feel any other emotion.
A TV movie remake was aired two decades later, starring
Heather Graham in the Corinne role.