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'Flowers in the Attic' bloom again in new version of film

If you were a junior-high or high-school girl in the 1980s, you know V.C. Andrews' pulpy novel "Flowers in the Attic" (and the 1987 movie that followed). It tells a creepily fascinating tale of the Dollanganger family, four children who are locked in an attic by order of their domineering grandmother.

The book was full of shocking details -- the kids were served powdered doughnuts sprinkled with arsenic, tar is poured into daughter Cathy's blonde hair and, in the book's most memorable plot, brother and sister Chris and Cathy fall in love.

The infamous title was just too much for the Lifetime network to pass up. The remake stars Heather Graham as the children's mother, Corinne, Ellen Burstyn as torturous grandma Olivia, and Kiernan Shipka of "Mad Men" as Cathy.

The 1987 movie was poorly reviewed, and the incest theme that had so many teen readers passing the books around to their friends was played down. (Director Jeffrey Bloom told Andrews fansite The Complete V.C. Andrews that it wasn't his fault -- such scenes were cut in the film's final edit.)

That's not going to be a problem this time. Actor Mason Dye, who plays hunky Christopher, told Entertainment Weekly, "Will there be incest? Yes."

The trailer for the remake seems to be pretty proud of its literary ancestor, bragging in text that it's "THE BOOK YOU WERE FORBIDDEN TO READ." And yes, there's a sibling kiss in the trailer, so email this link to your pals from the Valley Girl era and start organizing a viewing party. You're probably allowed to watch it now.

"Flowers in the Attic" airs Jan. 18 at 8 p.m. on Lifetime.