Paperhouse

A girl dreams of a scary house she draws in her sketchbook while she’s awake.
Horror for Beginners

 

United Kingdom
1988
Feature Film
Realism: 
Surreal
Kid Friendly
Stalker: 
Trespasser
Relative: 
Father
Dimensional: 
Nightmare
Object: 
Painting
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The stuff of nightmares!
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Paperhouse is a horror film for children and tweens. Somewhere between surrealism and the supernatural, this little gem has undeniably powerful photography and an intense score. It perfectly captures why and how kids fear things adults barely notice. It reminds us of concepts that used to keep us up at night. You should watch this even if you’re an adult.
It’s about an impossible house in the middle of nowhere that a young girl visits in her dreams. There’s a boy her age, there, who can’t walk and stares through the window. This is the beginning of a series of fever dreams; each darker than the last. “Paperhouse” refers to Anna’s sketchbook drawings, where she basically builds her nightmares with a pencil.
Charlotte Burke plays a strong protagonist, and although the rest of the cast are charismatic, it’s her the camera is after. This was directed by Bernard Rose; all good in my book and based on a novel by Catherine Storr. Matthew Jacobs must have had a blast with this screenplay. I had fun watching it come alive. Great ambiance! This house is the stuff of nightmares!
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