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If There Be Thorns (2015)

TV-14 | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | TV Movie 5 April 2015
Living together with their loving and happy new family, Christopher and Cathy's past come to haunt them. Their mother Corrine moves in next door.

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Nancy Savoca

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Virginia C. Andrews (based upon the novel by) (as V.C. Andrews), Andy Cochran (teleplay by) (as Andrew Cochran)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Heather Graham ... Corrine
Rachael Carpani ... Cathy
Jason Lewis ... Christopher
Mason Cook ... Bart
Mackenzie Gray ... John Amos
Jedidiah Goodacre ... Jory
Emily Tennant ... Melodie
Christine Lippa Christine Lippa ... Emma
Glynis Davies ... Marisha
Veena Sood ... Dr. Phillips
Bailey Skodje ... Cindy
Robert Moloney ... Malcolm
Isaiah Lehtinen Isaiah Lehtinen ... Big Ears
Donna Soares Donna Soares ... Doctor
Victor Ayala Victor Ayala ... Paramedic
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It's the 1980s. Brother and sister Christopher Jr. and Cathy Dollanganger, a surgeon and ballet teacher respectively, are the product of an incestuous but loving relationship between their married parents, who were half-uncle to niece. Chris and Cathy are now married to each other, and live under the last name Sheffield, the surname of who ended up being their adoptive father. They managed to escape from their mother, born Corrine Foxworth, who once tried to kill them so that she could inherit her estranged father's vast estate. Corrine, who ultimately did inherit all the money, was eventually institutionalized following a mental breakdown. Cathy has two children, teenager Jory, whose biological father is now deceased ballet dancer Julian Marquet, and preteen Bart, whose biological father is now deceased Bart Winslow, Corrine's second husband. While Jory knows about Julian, Bart knows nothing about Bart Sr.; neither knows about Chris and Cathy's sibling relationship. Chris treats both... Written by Huggo

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5 April 2015 (USA) See more »

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In order to achieve a timeless cinematic look, cinematographer James Liston utilized vintage anamorphic lenses to create more depth and atmosphere in the images. See more »

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3rd in the Dollanganger series
28 December 2015 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Olivia Foxworth is gone and Corrine (Heather Graham) is in the mental ward. Brother and sister Cathy (Rachael Carpani) and Christopher (Jason Lewis) are now married living under the surname of Sheffield with Cathy's sons Jory and Bart. A mysterious woman moves into the mansion next door. It's Corrine and she befriends Bart keeping it a secret from Cathy, Christopher and even Jory. She starts poisoning his mind against his parents. Cathy adopts Cindy who lost her mother and has set up three beds in the attic.

This starts off more or less like a horror movie. Corrine is the bogeyman with a mysterious plan against Cathy and Christopher. I would have liked the plan to be better defined and better formulated. The situation should build up until a climatic reveal of Corrine. I haven't read these books and I don't really care about them. Bart starts out too normal to be bent completely out of shape like that. The movie should start him off with a bit of disturbing behavior. I'm not sure how good is the source material. This is better than most other Lifetime movies but it is nowhere near theatrical quality.


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