- Actors: Charlotte Burke, Ben Cross, Glenne Headly, Elliott Spiers, Gemma Jones
- Directors: Bernard Rose
- Writers: Catherine Storr, Matthew Jacobs
- Producers: Dan Ireland, Jane Frazer, M.J. Peckos, Sarah Radclyffe, Tim Bevan
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Columbia Tristar
- DVD Release Date: 24 Sept. 2001
- Run Time: 88 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 49 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00005KFTT
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,349 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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To define the 1988 fantasy flick Paperhouse as a mere horror film would be an injustice--although this intelligent and thought-provoking British film is certainly scary in parts. In exploring the world of dreams, director Bernard Rose (Candyman) offers a far more elegant exposition of the subject than the Nightmare on Elm Street school of horror. Based on the novel Marianne Dreams by Catherine Storr, Paperhouse offers a believable cause for its intensified dreamworld: Anna (Charlotte Burke) falls ill with glandular fever--a fever which will blur her understanding of reality and dreams. It is clear from the start that Anna has an overzealous imagination, holding onto her childhood games while her best friend becomes more interested in boys. Before her descent into illness Anna draws the Paperhouse of the title, and it is this house that dominates her dream world.
Although the acting is rather hammy and the scenes set in reality are tedious, the true beauty of the film comes from Production Designer Gemma Jackson and Cinematographer Mike Southon, whose talents emerge in the dream sequences. Clearly taking inspiration from the Surrealist movement, Jackson recreates a chilling version of Anna's drawing of the house, full of dark shadows and terrifying noises, that perhaps has more in common with Jan Svankmajer's macabre adaptation of Lewis Carroll's Alice than the innocent childhood offerings of Disney. Ultimately Paperhouse is an exploration of the traumatic transition into adulthood of a young girl on the cusp of her teenage years: at the start of the film Anna "hates boys", but by the end she is sharing her first kiss with Mark, her playmate in the dream world.
On the DVD With a 1.66:1 ratio format and Dolby Digital sound the stylistic brilliance of this movie is much easier to see and enjoy than in its previous incarnations on television and video. The special features leave a lot to be desired, though, offering only an unexciting original trailer and four filmographies for the director and the three main adult actresses. --Nikki DisneySee all Product description
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Paperhouse has many twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat, and whilst the dream sequences become more and more disturbing, there are many moving scenes - the one that always sticks in my mind is Anna (Charlotte Burke) feverishly drawing the house of her dreams until dawn, with the beautiful 'Sanctus' from Gabriel Faure's 'Requiem' as the soundtrack; the aftermath of her illness, and the awkwardness of repairing the broken relationship with her father.
This is not just another scary film, it is also a deeply emotional story that moves me every time I watch it. The occasional continuity errors and dated special effects are easily overlooked by the brilliant performances by Charlotte Burke and Elliott Speirs, and the actual set of the Paperhouse itself is one that you won't forget in a hurry. A brilliant film that'll have you on the edge of your seat again and again.
As other reviewers have noted this DVD disc is faulty and does not play. It repeats the Lionsgate company logo over and over. Not able to skip or to jump to menu. I believe it shall play on a laptop but have not tested. DVD was new and sealed, and my player is fine. Very bizarre issue.
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