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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.


Cindy Baer
8 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Celeste Marie Davis Celeste Marie Davis ... Silver Strand
Jim Hanks ... Saint James
Johnny Pacar ... Sam
Devin Witt Devin Witt ... Atticis
Rhiannon Main Rhiannon Main ... Celeste
Cindy Baer ... Marsha
Howard M. Lockie ... Silver's Dad (as Howard Lockie)
Kathryn Skatula Kathryn Skatula ... Sam's Mom
Erik Jester Erik Jester ... Jessie
Katrina Gourley Katrina Gourley ... Teacher
Brian Dietzen ... Ghost
Nikolette Noel ... Student
Scott McCann Scott McCann ... Johnny (as Scott Clark)
Michele Morrow ... Silver's Mom
Jean Paul Toshiro Jean Paul Toshiro ... Cody


PURGATRORY HOUSE 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 14-years-old forever unless she can find within herself the courage to change. Filmed in 2001 with miniDV cameras and edited on early home-based computers, "Purgatory House" marked the beginning of the democratization of film. Written by and starring a 14-year-old at-risk high school student, Celeste Davis was the [then] first youngest sole-credited feature screenwriter to have a feature distributed. Written by Publicity Services

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug content

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Release Date:

20 September 2003 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Free Dream Pictures See more »
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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: I'll be your supplier for eternity.
Silver Strand: You're letting me do drugs?
Saint James: Oh, yes. In fact, we insist on it.
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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 Jennifer Fokler and Keith Schreiner
Published by Auditory Sculptures (ASCAP)/Pollenation Music (BMI)
Performed by Dahlia
Courtesy of Rumblefish, Inc.
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dude..it was freaking great
7 October 2004 | by ceegee_sirenSee all my reviews

I must say, this is the best movie i've seen since American Beauty. I saw this movie at Waterfront Film Festival in saugatuck, Michegan, and loved it. the fact that it was written by someone MY age, just opened my eyes in a lot of ways. i can't wait until this movie comes out on DVD, it will definitely be part of my collection. I loved the way she portrayed God, as a dragqueen, and how she didn't lie about the s**t kids go through, its not all that fantasy for kids to shoot up in their high school bathroom. It is on my favorite list, (which also includes American Beauty, The Hours, Requium for a dream, Kids, you know..syco drug movies.) well thats my thoughts, go see it, its wonderful

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