Paperhouse

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Eleven-year-old Charlotte Burke, the neglected daughter of Ben Cross and Glenne Headley, passes out on the school playground and dreams of visiting a house she'd previously drawn in her composition book. She imagines another visit to her "paper house" while playing hide-and-seek. Experimenting, Burke draws a figure in the window of the house; the next time she dreams, she meets a young boy, as lonely as she. Convinced that she wields a large degree of power in her pencil, Burke draws a picture of her father, Cross, hoping that in doing so he will return home. But Burke is dissatisfied with the picture, and crosses it out--whereupon Cross shows up in her dreams as a murderous stalker. What happens next is a maelstrom of psychological horror, told completely from the child's point of view. Paperhouse is based on Marianne Dreams a novel by Catherine Storr.

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Critic Reviews for Paperhouse

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Audience Reviews for Paperhouse

  • Oct 28, 2011
    A forgotten classic from childhood still holds up and adds even more substance in modern times. Highly probable 'Paperhouse' is owned by one Chris Nolan. The movie still doesn't feel dated even if the dream world can sometimes look like the set for The Cure video 'Just Like Heaven'. There's an insidious mood under everything that works alongside themes of depression and childhood imagination that messed with me psychologically unlike any other movie I have ever seen. The acting is so damn good from these kids it makes the subject and events all the more poignant and the direction, with a haunting helping hand score from Hanz Zimmer, by Bernard Rose is crafty and provides a bizarre mood that I only can compare to looking at a Meatyard photograph, not similar but their unnerving way of getting under one's skin is quite astonishing. The best horror movie you've never heard about.
    Jonny B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 13, 2009
    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 Super Reviewer
  • Jun 28, 2009
    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 L Super Reviewer
  • Dec 24, 2007
    Such a touching movie.
    Sherry . Super Reviewer

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