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Purgatory House (2004)

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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Celeste Marie Davis ...
Silver Strand
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Saint James
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Sam
Devin Witt ...
Atticis
Rhiannon Main ...
Celeste
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Marsha
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Silver's Dad
Kathryn Skatula ...
Sam's Mom
Erik Jester ...
Jessie
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Teacher
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Ghost
Nikolette Noel ...
Student
Scott McCann ...
Johnny (as Scott Clark)
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Silver's Mom
Jean Paul Toshiro ...
Cody
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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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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 »

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Silver Strand: Do you ever feel stupid for leaving?
Atticis: Absolutely. I'm a stupid man. How many other fifteen year old boys get drunk and fall off mountains?
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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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Spoofs Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (1999) See more »

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Written by Larisa Stow
Performed by Larisa Stow
Published by Billy's Sister's Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Open Heart Records
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Worst movie I have ever seen to date.
3 November 2013 | by See all my reviews

I have watched a lot of movies in my days on this earth, but I have never quite stumbled upon a film so "critically acclaimed" that was absolutely horrible in every single way. The acting is almost the first thing to notice, which is never cringe worthy but seems to be at a perpetually wooden state. The characters seem not to breathe or feel whether alive or in "Purgatory House".

The non-existent budget could be seen as a reason to look past this, but even movies with very small budgets (Primer, for example) are made to look like Last Tango in Paris in comparison. Acting aside, lets get to the 'plot'. It was clear here is where the "made by a 14 year old" is meant to put things into comparison. You are supposed to look at the subject matter and say "wow, for a fourteen year old, this is very good!" The problem with this is that even for a 14 year old it is trite and absolutely ridiculous.

I acknowledge that to be 14 is a remarkably tough time for anyone, but it all too often feels like taboo topics are thrown into the mix just to somehow try to relate with other teenagers. It all feels shoddy at best and at worst a joke. We can't just accept rubbish because it was written by teenagers. "The Shadow Thief" was written by a thirteen year old, and was absolutely awesome by all standards. "Thirteen" another movie screenplay written by a very young teen, hits everything this movie tries to and does it in a way that makes this film look even worse. This film reminds me of a crossbreed between Thirteen and Wristcutters: A Love Story, filled with trash and absolute rubbish.

This being said, there are hints that the writer might be able to develop later on in life. The God being a transsexual was an immediate highlight, and whoever did the soundtrack did a passable job. To be fair, most first time screenplay's usually get pitched. This was the result of a father who couldn't tell his daughter that it sucked, but keep writing. The only people who could possibly rate this film good are fathers and mothers who have a hard time telling a kid they can do wrong and sucker themselves into believing only pure art comes from children, suburban teenage girls who have absolutely perfect lives and have never experimented with drugs who feel like this girl gets it (newsflash, she doesn't), and finally film snobs who are so high on their horse they can't tell the difference between the artistic vision of David Lynch and the films who try desperately to recapture edgy teenage drama that has been done to death in far superior ways for decades. 1 out of 10.


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