So what am I thinking about the MSA trailer? Well, first up is the hauntingly painful cover of Nine inch nails hurt ….hmmmmm I was wanting a Lana Del Ray Innocence lost type of thing going on but instead we get a mournful girl wailing about deliberately hurting herself in order to FEEL something.
OK, so whilst it fits in with lifetime s previous trailers of VCA movies of classic covers , I can’t see it fitting for audrina , unless the girl in question is Vera who is, let’s face it, emotionally void . Maybe, I’m in the minority as most members of the group seem to love this. But sorry not me
Whilst it looks deliciously dark , I’m worried about the over emotive acting of India and Tessa.
SERIOUSLY Vera needed to be screaming that line like the hell cat she is ! In all her red headed glory of spite and bitterness …. something i didnt catch in Tessa s 10 second scene . … which makes ne wonder will they be humanising Vera as they did the Grandmother in Fita ? I honestly hope not For me , Vera is the ultimate evil , she’s been warped into something I can’t even comprehend. Although I can understand why she became like that, I can empathise with her to a point but I can’t like her . Believe me , I ve tried , it just couldn’t happen
And for Audrina? Really the appeal of audrina is her childlike innocence and confusion even when the truth begins unravelling. India s Audrina already comes across as stroppy teen, angsty at being secluded from the world and overprotective Damian….. Audrina was never stroppy , just confused , questioning at her predicament but still following daddy s orders …to a point.
Glimpse s of Damian and Ellsbeth so far look promising …. Jennifer Copping particularly has stern face aunt Ellsbeth down but lucky 😦 seriously too dowdy and homely to imagine the woman who jiggled so much on the piano whilst drunk her nipples could be seen! Or her laying reading her romance novel s on a chaise lounge whilst stuffing chocolate s into her mouth.
Which brings me to a trailer scene which shows her possibly miscarrying, seems like lifetime will kill off sylvia at the same time as Lucky Which misses a huge element of the audrina story …. sylvia adds an extra dose of suspense and horror into the story and without her the story falls flat.
I mean, seriously , I need to hear the creepy childish voice calling Au-dr-ee-na. ……
Also seemingly missing is Billie Lowe, Arden s mother who not only provide some audrina with another female figure in her life , but with her extreme disabilities is the obvious signal of what my sweet audrina is all about.
Each character has a disability whether it be psychical, psychological or emotional within this story – Billie sets the most obvious tone , but it isn’t hard to find the others.
Whitefern , itself , is the host of the most horrifying and psychologically disturbing Freak Show disguised as a loving albeit fractured family set up. Not as emotionally devastating as Flowers in the Attic, it’s far more traumatic , disturbing and this could have been done in a sympathetic yet dark manner worthy of the book….. so far the trailer seems to show us a more melodramatic , emotionally charged adaptation which to me has left the magic of the book behind.
I am thrilled, however, that the grave scene is included in what looks like all its rampant glory . And my does it look rampant but even then this is very very sexualised, not the desperate , violent journey of discovery it was intended to be……
So I think it’s fair to say the trailer hasn’t over excited me …… but it has reminded me just how great the book is …. will the film do it justice ?
we shall see on 9th January whether it’s any good …….