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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Television Series - The Stones with the Eyes
I have wanted to see this television series ever since I read the book upon which it is based "Marianne Dreams" by Catherine Storr. There was a film made in the 1980s also based on the book entitled "Paperhouse" which was a very good film but which only took certain elements from the book and made extensive changes to the basic story. The DVD is in black and white but...
Published on 29 July 2010 by Miriam Daly

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3.0 out of 5 stars Bored not Awed.
This adaptation of Catherine Storr's Marianne Dreams is wordy, slow and clunky and still a must see for lovers of the book and fans of British 70's children's drama.
On the plus side Marianne's claustrophobia is captured powerfully, both in her confinement to bed and within the eerie confine of her nightmare house, shared with her companion Mark while the actor...
Published on 21 May 2011 by Hypatia


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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars eerie and mysterious drama, 28 July 2009
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This review is from: Escape into Night - The Complete Series (DVD)
I saw this originally when I was 4 - possibly a big mistake because the images haunted me at the time and it still has the power to disturb even now. Indeed the BFI have classified it as a 12 rating! Certainly as children's drama goes this is intensely strong medicine...

You have to watch it with patience though as it is a slow burner. The direction is good and occasionally amazing - mainly during the dream-like states Marriane experiences. The sound design also is very stong and contributes most of the atmosphere. The acting from the adult cast is excellent. The children are very good but can grate at times... Despite ths or maybe because of it Marrianne herself is hard to remove from your mind - just like her story. Compelling stuff and highly recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars classic children's TV, 28 Aug 2012
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Marcia "marcia" (england) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Escape into Night - The Complete Series (DVD)
This was an interesting and memorable children's TV show from the early 1970s. It is still an interesting story.
A girl is ill in bed and passes the time drawing in a book. Fantasy and reality merge when she draws a house and a boy in the window then dreams that she really goes to the house.
The house is a bit creepy and the boy not to her liking at first so she draws stones all around the house with eyes that watch the boy as he looks out. The boy cannot walk.
The girl has a Teacher at home who tells her that she also teaches a boy that is also sick and at home. He can't walk.
After further visits to the house the girl makes friends with the boy and tries to help him walk but outside the stones are moving closer and closer to the house.
The series is very good although a bit dated in its effects and acting and sadly the original colour film has been lost so this is presented in black and white.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bored not Awed., 21 May 2011
This review is from: Escape into Night - The Complete Series (DVD)
This adaptation of Catherine Storr's Marianne Dreams is wordy, slow and clunky and still a must see for lovers of the book and fans of British 70's children's drama.
On the plus side Marianne's claustrophobia is captured powerfully, both in her confinement to bed and within the eerie confine of her nightmare house, shared with her companion Mark while the actor playing Mark is by far the most gifted and natural of this small cast. In addition the danger outside provides a chilling creep enhanced by the atmospheric black and white filming. Sadly the heavy wordy slow,slow pace felt like a lead balloon and I doubt I'll be sitting through this again in a while...however,as a children's cult classic and a piece of personal nostalgia it is worth each dragging moment!
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