Paperhouse (1989)





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A lonely young girl discovers that her drawings have strange powers over her dreams -- and perhaps her reality -- in this fantastical psychological thriller. When she attempts to use the drawings to bring back her missing father, she accidentally creates a nightmarish killer and must struggle for her life.

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Catherine Storr, Matthew Jacobs
In Theaters:
Working Title Films


as Anna Madden

as Kate Madden

as Dad Madden

as Dr. Sarah Nicols

as Miss Vanstone

as Policeman

as Hotel Receptionist
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Critic Reviews for Paperhouse

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (5)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

The scenes of Anna running around mountains in a moment of escape or toward an enormous lighthouse don't have the feel of something whitewashed like The Sound of Music but rather the dark undercurrent of the delusions of the girls in Heavenly Creatures.

Full Review… | February 28, 2012

Audience Reviews for Paperhouse

A drawing that became a dream. A dream that became reality. I think there is a tiny bit of a message hidden in a movie. It is a Unique Movie, unlike the movie House of Cards I enjoyed this a tiny bit more.

Wahida K

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An eerie dreamscape of a movie. A girl draws pictures of a house on paper, and it becomes a place she can visit. Soon she is drawing other things which she can interact with. It's dark rather than fanciful. An experience.

Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer


This was hugely distrubing to a ten year old boy when I watched it. Extremely odd little story but one that has stuck with me until now.

Barry Lappin

Super Reviewer

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