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I wanted to believe, but now I just don't care
I did not enjoy this movie as much as I thought I would. It really came across as a made for TV x files series episode( & not one of the better ones). David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson do their best to keep this movie afloat, the supporting cast do their bit as well, production is good, etc, but ultimately I just didn't care about anything at the end of this film and couldn't wait for it to be finished so I could watch the directors cut of blade runner.
There is one classic scene involving a picture of George Bush that made me laugh so much I had to leave the room, & there are some other truly great moments in this film, but sadly, they've got nothing to do about the paranormal, or the x-files at all, and seem purely incidental - taking into account the series history. So as a farewell to x-files, it's apt, but to those expecting to believe? Sorry, to the back of the line you go...X files( 1998) was a better x-files movie.
Nightmares and childhood fears & their consequences...
I saw paperhouse the first time when I was about 15, 16, and I have to admit I enjoyed it a lot more back then than I did when I watched it again recently. But apart from that, it still deserves a decent score. There are some creepy moments in this film, especially a very foreboding Ben Cross who acts brilliantly as the ultimate "nightmare" dad.
Anna (Burke) is removed, a loner, leaving childhood, entering the real world where make-believe fantasy, dreams and monsters and boogeymen are no longer supposed to exist.
From the viewers perspective, it could be this desire to remain in the childlike world of imagination that creates a parallel dream world where her drawings come to life, but at the same time, this strange ability of hers brings the boogeymen to life as well...