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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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Did You Know?


Ted McGinley, David St. James and Christopher Atkins auditioned for the lead role of Saint James. See more »


Celeste: Silver, this is what you do. You put out this certain image, this certain attitude, and you wonder why people don't like you? You wonder why your friends dump you? It's because you're so selfish and caught up in you, and your life and your problems. Yeah, I am embarrassed of you. You're careless. You act stupid. And you always have to be the center of attention.
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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 »


References Night of the Living Dead (1968) See more »


Is This How It Feels When You're Dead?
Written by Dan Murphy and Tommy Byrnes
Published by Missing Sock Productions/Toburn Music (BMI)
Performed by Wood Shampoo
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The tag-line, "written by a fourteen-year-old girl" is more of a disclaimer.
4 April 2007 | by dreamsxenocideSee all my reviews

Honestly, this movie is the reason teenagers don't make movies. The message, which, though undefined, is loosely construed as "Don't kill yourself" rings hollow, and, as a teenager, the complete lack of realism and depth to the characters makes it utterly unwatchable.

I think it is wonderful that a young writer got her break, but it falls short of being anything meaningful or even well-written. The acting is dreadful, but not quite as dreadful as the stale, unrealistic dialog.

The only saving point in this movie is Jim Hanks, but even his bright acting and excellent delivery can't save this sinking ship of a film.

The real question? How does a movie that reads like a public service announcement written by well, a fourteen-year-old girl, win seven independent film awards?

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Release Date:

20 September 2003 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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