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Paperhouse (1988)

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Anna is becoming lost in the loneliness of her own world when she discovers she can visit another, a house she has drawn herself and occupied by a young disabled boy. But as she discovers ... See full summary »

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Charlotte Burke ...
Anna Madden
Jane Bertish ...
Miss Vanstone
Samantha Cahill ...
Sharon
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Kate Madden
Sarah Newbold ...
Karen (Anna's school friend)
Gary Bleasdale ...
Policeman
Elliott Spiers ...
Marc
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Dr. Sarah Nicols
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Dustman
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Dad Madden
Karen Gledhill ...
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Barbara Keogh ...
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Anna is becoming lost in the loneliness of her own world when she discovers she can visit another, a house she has drawn herself and occupied by a young disabled boy. But as she discovers more of the links between her fantasy world and the mundane present, she is drawn only deeper into a dream turning into a nightmare. Written by David Carroll <davidc@atom.ansto.gov.au>

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17 February 1989 (USA)  »

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$241,278 (USA)
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Trivia

Despite playing the lead character in this film, Charlotte Burke never appeared in any film ever again. See more »

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When Anna is lying in bed, the boom mic visible in top center of screen. See more »

Quotes

Marc: Go away.
Anna Madden: No. You let me in, and then I'll go away.
Marc: Can't do that.
Anna Madden: Why not?
Marc: Because there aren't any stairs.
Anna Madden: How did you get up there, then?
Marc: I dunno... I'm just here.
Anna Madden: Can't you tell someone else to let me in?
Marc: There isn't anyone else.
Anna Madden: Look, just stop mucking around and let me in!
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A40 Overhead Section
Written by Bernard Rose
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Disturbing childhood nightmare
13 April 1999 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

Put quite simply, this film is terrifying.

It starts off simply, looking like a study of a rebellious young girl and goes on to become a beautifully crafted horror film.

Don't expect gore, or zombies. This is psychological, and just as he would also do in Candyman, Bernard Rose manages to convey the horror that is not being believed.

Each time you watch this film, you realise more about what's happening, and about how the two worlds in this film interconnect.

Drawings have never been scarier.


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