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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 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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Over a dozen American Flags are hidden in various scenes throughout the movie. See more »


Johnny: All he ever does is talk about sex and whether or not he should keep his weed plant in direct sunlight or if he should keep it shadded. I mean shaded. He actually said shadded.
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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 »


Spoofs Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (1999) See more »


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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A powerful movie that deals with real issues.
14 April 2014 | by See all my reviews

This movie shows depth to its characters and deals with issues that affect a lonely teen who struggles for acceptance in the aferlife. The young writer and director have clearly a great empathy and insight into the non- glitzy and very real scenes that happens when life goes wrong. It won't be liked by everyone because. Pop culture it is not. It is written and will work for the right audience, whether they relate by age or connect with harsh life events. It does what it says it does and so ought to be applauded for that. There is one other thing to add: This movie can actually educate those who have enjoyed a more protected or cosseted existence. That is if it is given a chance of course. It actually needs to be watched and not as a light eye candy movie.

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