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Paperhouse [Region 2] (1989)

Charlotte Burke , Jane Bertish , Bernard Rose  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Charlotte Burke, Jane Bertish, Samantha Cahill, Glenne Headly, Sarah Newbold
  • Directors: Bernard Rose
  • Writers: Catherine Storr, Matthew Jacobs
  • Producers: Dan Ireland, Jane Frazer, M.J. Peckos, Sarah Radclyffe, Tim Bevan
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English (Stereo)
  • Region: Region 2 (Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005KFTT
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #417,734 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Paperhouse [Region 2]" on IMDb

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: it WILL NOT play on standard US DVD player. You need multi-region PAL/NTSC DVD player to view it in USA/Canada: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Filmographies, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Bernard Rose's Paperhouse is one of the great unknown art house horror films of the last quarter century, just for the sheer vividness of its psychological terrorscape. Once the supernatural link between Anna's crayon and her dream world is firmly established, the film takes the viewer on a hallucinatory trip that's full of foreboding. Given how the slightest alterations of the drawing have repercussions in her dreams -- the boy in the house can't walk, because he was given no legs -- it's with terrific anxiety that the viewer watches Anna violently scratch out the likeness of her father. The nightmare that follows delivers the kind of wordless horror that can only exist in the mind of a child, fixing for the viewer an unforgettable image of the angry paternal figure that lurks in the back rooms of the mind. The scenes outside of the fantasy world are of a slower pace, but they do show the real-world manifestations of Anna's fevered mental state, and flesh out some of the themes that appear in her drawing. Following this visually masterful debut, Rose went on to explore more mainstream horror filmmaking in 1992's Candyman.-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 degr...Paperhouse (UK)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strange, beautiful, disturbing movie March 2, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
A moody 11 year old girl draws a picture of a house. Then she starts to dream about the house. After she discovers that she can change the dream by changing the drawing, she falls ill and becomes trapped in her dream-which turns into a nightmare...
This is a strange, often disturbing, thought-provoking film by the director of Candyman. I might not exactly classify it as a horror movie, but it is very dark, and worth seeing.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Odd but strangely watchable March 25, 2006
By Kali
Format:VHS Tape
I agree that this is not the best film in the world but it is still not as bad as some people are making out.

It is quite atmospheric in its own way and the little girl played by the unknown Charlotte Burke portrays the lonely Anna with surprising depth. You can tell she is lonely and unhappy, her father is away and she is not well so she spends a lot of time in bed, whiling away the hours by drawing.

Anna soon finds herself dreaming about the house she has drawn, and in the house is a boy who she becomes friends with. In her bid to help her dream friend she adds things to her drawing but in doing so endangers not only him but herself.

Their only hope is to get away from the house but the house is surrounded by sinister stones that are moving toward the house and its captive occupants and in desperation Anna draws a helicopter to come and rescue them and it is here we are realise that Anna's dreams have their basis in reality and only her father can save her just as only she can save her friend in the paper house...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful and haunting film. January 13, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I do not like horror, but I love this movie! It is scary, true, but it earns its scares honestly, by exploring in-depth the inner life of a troubled young girl. The day she turns 11, Anna falls ill and, while unconscious, enters a drawing she has made. As she changes the drawing, the dream world also changes - what's more, it seems to affect her waking life. The young girl playing Anna gives a fine performance, and the film is visually very beautiful. It captures perfectly an atmosphere of dream sliding into nightmare - and is also notably honest about the complexities of early adolescence. It respects the imagination and courage of children. Different - but, if you like it, you'll want to see it more than once.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do not read Meesha's review. July 28, 2006
By Matt
If you have not watched this movie yet, do not read the review written by Meesha below. It is full of spoilers and gives no warning. These kind of reviews are careless and, in this case, can ruin certain elements of a movie. Paperhouse is an excellent little fantasy/horror film that most certainly is not for children. Think of it as one of Grimm's fairy tales treated the adult way.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Anna [Charlotte Burke] is a difficult girl, so no one quite believes her when she says she is feeling ill. But very ill she is, and when she falls into fever dreams, she enters a world created by her own drawings. Living in this world, stretched between dreams and reality is Marc [Elliot Spiers], a boy who is dangerously ill as well. Together, Anna and Marc try to save themselves from the demons that their illnesses bring. Amazing sets capture perfectly the feel of a fever dream, and the excellent acting of the two children make this a intelligent, mesmerizing, unforgettable movie. It will appeal to horror fans and non-horror fans alike.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Paperhouse" will leave you entrhalled May 14, 2011
A friend of mine recommended that I see this movie in 1994, but I couldn't find it in any chain-store video shop. After a long search I found it available in a small, hole-in-the-wall video store that advertised hard-to-find titles. I immediately took it home and watched it and was left with a profound and deeply-moving impression of its premise and its enigmatic ending. While viewing, I couldn't stop watching it. I rewound and replayed certain passages where the dialogue was unintelligible due to the strong British accents or to the slang expressions of the child lead actors. It was one of the most intense motion picture experiences of my life and I still recall the stark images and thought-provoking linking of those images with the dialogue and scene changes to this day. This is NOT a horror movie, as often classified. But, it is a penetrating look into the mind of a child during a serious illness and the process of dealing with the mind that is part of the world of a child and part that of an adolescent. Anyone who has ever experienced knowledge of facts or events without any possible previous connection to those facts or events will immediately connect with the lead character, 11-year old Anna Madden, brilliantly portrayed by Charlotte Burke. The accuracy of her medical condition of the mysterious dream character named "Mark" is expertly handled by the director as it becomes apparent that Mark is, in fact, a real person with a serious medical condition that eventually takes his life. Though they never actually meet in person, they develop a close relationship in Anna's dream world, created by her drawings of a paper house, from which the movie title is taken. Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Please, someone sell this on DVD for the US!! January 17, 2011
I'm also looking for this movie on dvd, can't find it anywhere though. I would love to own it, I used to watch it over and over on HBO when I was little.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Hauntingly Beautiful Film
Paperhouse is by far one of my favorite films. The only word I can use to describe it is 'haunting'. Read more
Published 7 months ago by L.Lisbon
5.0 out of 5 stars When is someone going to release a US version?!?!
If anyone has any clue as to why this AMAZING movie is currently IMPOSSIBLE to find in the USA, please let me know...this is getting ridiculous. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jrs3635
5.0 out of 5 stars MOODY
This movie goes on record as my older daughters all time favorite movie. We had a VHS copy and I bought a region-free DVD player just so I could play my region 2 version of this... Read more
Published on June 5, 2012 by Jule Kijek
5.0 out of 5 stars Love
Love this movie, the creativity, the imagery, storyline everything would love to have a copy of it why is it that all of the good movies are never on dvd or they are but a... Read more
Published on April 15, 2011 by ay0688
5.0 out of 5 stars When can I get this moive already!!
This is one of my favorite movies, my only copy is taped from TV and dismally limited and edited to make room for commercials. Read more
Published on June 23, 2008 by C. Ridgill
3.0 out of 5 stars Not sure what to think
I absolutely love the premise of this movie. A little girl's drawings come to life in her dreams. What happens when she forgets to include something in her drawing? Read more
Published on November 24, 2006 by Kae
5.0 out of 5 stars It's the best, but not all will love it.
Before Paperhouse I didn't bother to even rate the films that would came out Australia, and New Zealand. Read more
Published on June 15, 2006 by Tyrone Quin
1.0 out of 5 stars Paper (that belongs in the bin) House
From the director, Bernard Rose, I was expecting another great film after seeing the magnificent achievement of Candyman. By god was I wrong. Read more
Published on March 10, 2006 by Kevin Coughlan
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