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

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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
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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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Can you see me?

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug content

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 2003 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Free Dream Pictures See more »
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Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Celeste Davis was 13 years old when she began writing the screenplay. See more »

Quotes

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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References Beetlejuice (1988) See more »

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Who Do You Want Me To Be?
Written by John Swihart
Performed by John Swihart
Published by Sensemesh Music (ASCAP)
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Brilliant, moving and powerful
9 April 2007 | by tampafilmfanSee all my reviews

I recently saw Purgatory House at the Gasparilla Film Festival. This film is brilliant, incredible, moving, powerful and breathtaking. A 14-year-old girl wrote this story about a 14-year old who committed suicide and ends up in Purgatory House, a sort of dorm for teens who've killed themselves. They have to wear the same clothes they had on when they died, can do all the drugs they want (who cares?), and have to attend "school" where they watch Earth TV to keep track of the people they left behind.

There were several funny parts (God is a drag queen who isn't really all that kind and loving, who makes the recently deceased compete in a game show to determine if they go to Heaven, Hell or Purgatory). In addition to being funny, Purgatory House is deeply profound. Parents should show this film to their children and movie lovers should show it to their friends.


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