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Purgatory House (2004)

A rebellious and angst-ridden teenager finds a possible chance to redeem herself in the afterlife after prior years of drug addiction and frustration.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Celeste Marie Davis ...
Silver Strand
Saint James
Devin Witt ...
Rhiannon Main ...
Silver's Dad
Kathryn Skatula ...
Sam's Mom
Erik Jester ...
Katrina Gourley ...
Scott McCann ...
Johnny (as Scott Clark)
Silver's Mom
Jean Paul Toshiro ...


Filmed back in 2001 with miniDV cameras and edited on early home-based computers, "Purgatory House" marked the very beginning of the democratization of film. Written by and starring a 14-year-old at-risk girl, Celeste Davis was the first youngest sole-credited feature screenwriter. This gritty, grassroots film chronicles the after-life journey of a lonely teen who abandoned her life of peer pressure only to find herself caught between Heaven and Hell. Here she will remain stuck a 14-year-old forever unless she can find within herself the courage to change. Written by Publicity Services

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Rated R for drug content

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20 September 2003 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The baby cry heard in the movie is the actual voice of Celeste Davis, which had been recorded and saved in a sound library over 10 years before the movie was shot. It was only by coincidence that the Supervising Sound Editor, who happened to be working at the very same company where the library was located, came upon a track called "Celeste Davis: Baby cry", and put the pieces together. See more »


Saint James: Drug addict huh?
Silver Strand: I prefer the term mind-expanding user.
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Crazy Credits

Parametic #1 and Parametic #2 are PURGATORY HOUSE Associate Producers Matthew Irving (disguised as "Pink Matthews") and Traci Glodery. See more »


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I Will Survive
Written by Dino Fekaris and Freddie Perren
Published by Universal-Polygram Intl. Publishing Inc./
Perren-Vibes Music (ASCAP)
Performed by The Mandrakes
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I can't believe I wasted precious minutes of my life on this "movie".
3 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm always interested in seeing teenage angsty movies like this one, since I went through that rather melodramatic period when I was that age. Usually, I'm not disappointed. However, this particular film was horrible. Perhaps the idea was to make it "artsy", but it just turned out bad. The quality of filming is awful, even for a film that tries to use jittery, "chaotic" filming. I could have made a film of the same grade with my digital camera and a couple of lamps. Of course, the special effects were horrifically bad. The acting was absolutely ATROCIOUS, especially the main character. Regardless of her "talent" to write and direct this movie, she was horrible. She had zero acting skill, horrible timing, and the inability to properly deliver lines. The supporting cast was almost as nauseating, with large gaps between lines and huge pauses in the middles of sentences that couldn't even be disguised as "dramatic effect". The music was weak. It was as though the people in charge of music had done a Google search for lyrics corresponding to the topic of the scene. There were several good songs, but often, I found myself getting utterly distracted from the film because of the songs. Not to say it was hard to get distracted. I was literally bored to tears in some parts. The idea is interesting, however, the style it is written in is very amateur, which makes it obvious that it was made by an inexperienced playwright. The lines lack strength and emotion- they sound like bad poetry out of a B-grade emo teen magazine. In theory, a somewhat clever idea for a movie, however, it failed painfully in execution. As someone who is only a number of years outside of the age shown in this movie, I have to honestly say that watching this movie MADE me want to go do drugs and then kill myself. So what kind of message is that supposed to convey? The ONLY reason that I'm giving this movie a 2 is because the scene where the main character died had the potential to be interesting. That's it. And, of course, the ending was horrible and nauseatingly predictable. I won't even bother spoiling it for you- just read the back of the case and I'm sure you can accurately guess what happens.

Don't waste your time, unless you're a masochist. But even then, don't expect your type to be portrayed artfully. So it would probably be an insult either way.

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