After four V.C. Andrews movies — and the original Flowers in the Attic — nothing should surprise you. Any happy ending that the Dollanganger family finds will always be ruined in the very next film.
Thirteen years later, Cathy and Chris are invited to Foxworth Hall, the same place they spent their childhood imprisoned within. Bart is now the owner and has fixed it up while walking away from his family, even changing his last name. He might love his mother, but he has a near unhinged hatred for his uncle and stepfather.
Meanwhile, his brother Jory and his wife, Melodie are about to have twins. What would make this even worse? That’s right — Bart wants to get with his brother’s wife. And don’t worry — he still hates his adopted sister Cindy.
At Bart’s birthday party — no one over 21 should have a birthday party and even fewer should throw on for themselves — Jory and Cindy perform a ballet that ends up with Jory paralyzed because V.C. Andrews. Everyone thinks Bart is behind this, but he denies it. And Melodie starts to lament that her husband will never dance — vertically or horizontally — again.
So much happens in this movie — Jory tries to drown himself in a pool, Bart keeps winning back Melodie and then rejecting her, Bart catches his sister Cindy in bed with her new boyfriend and flies into a tantrum — this is movie is packed with more melodrama than the first three, which I felt wasn’t possible.
Even after Melodie gives birth to twins, she’s lost her will to live and abandons the family. And oh yeah — Bart gets with Cindy and still rejects her.
Maybe a new house will fix things, thinks Chris. They even hire a nanny named Toni that they hope Jory will get with. Nope — Bart seduces and dumps her as well. He then tops all of his behavior by trying to drown one of the twins during her baptism. It takes the accidental out of nowhere death of Chris to bring the family back together.
Jory recovers, marries Tony and they raise the twins and a child of their own together. Bart becomes a TV preacher and marries his adopted sister. Only Cathy remains behind, sitting in the attic window, eventually dying of a broken heart.
This is the end of the line for this crazy family. By the end, we’d seen everybody go through hell, such as dance accidents, incestual unions and getting hit by cars. If anything, this movie should teach you to never have sex within your bloodline and to always put out road flares when you’re changing a tire.
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