Paperhouse (1989)

Genres - Drama, Fantasy  |   Sub-Genres - Fantasy Adventure, Psychological Drama  |   Release Date - Feb 17, 1989 (USA)  |   Run Time - 92 min.  |   Countries - UK  |   MPAA Rating - PG13
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Eleven-year-old Charlotte Burke, the neglected daughter of Ben Cross and Glenne Headley, passes out on the school playground and dreams of visiting a house she'd previously drawn in her composition book. She imagines another visit to her "paper house" while playing hide-and-seek. Experimenting, Burke draws a figure in the window of the house; the next time she dreams, she meets a young boy, as lonely as she. Convinced that she wields a large degree of power in her pencil, Burke draws a picture of her father, Cross, hoping that in doing so he will return home. But Burke is dissatisfied with the picture, and crosses it out--whereupon Cross shows up in her dreams as a murderous stalker. What happens next is a maelstrom of psychological horror, told completely from the child's point of view. Paperhouse is based on Marianne Dreams a novel by Catherine Storr.

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coming-of-age, dream, friendship, nightmare, rampage, reality, supernatural-forces, teenagers, virus