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Paperhouse (1988)

PG-13 | | Drama, Fantasy | 17 February 1989 (USA)
A young girl lost in the loneliness and boredom of reality finds solace in an ill boy, whom she can visit in a surreal dream world that she drew in her school composition book.

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3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charlotte Burke ...
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 ...
Nurse
Barbara Keogh ...
Hotel receptionist
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Storyline

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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boy | dream | dream world | girl | school | See All (114) »

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A drawing that became a dream. A dream that became reality. See more »

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Drama | Fantasy

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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17 February 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Paperhouse - Alpträume werden wahr  »

Box Office

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$241,278 (USA)
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

While in the car with her mother, Anna puts her father's telegram in her pocket twice. See more »

Quotes

Marc: To be honest, I'd rather draw by myself. I don't like people watching me.
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Connections

Referenced in Candyman (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Requiem
Music by Gabriel Fauré
Performed by Choristers of Westminster Cathedral
Published by Editions Harnelle
Arranged by Stanley Myers (uncredited)
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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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