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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

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

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 »

Quotes

Silver Strand: [voice over] You would think that God would be there. That she would care, have compassion, give you that reassuring smile and tell you that it would all be better. That's what brought me to my suicide. But instead of comfort when I arrived, I was punished. Punished to the immortality of this place.
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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 Night of the Living Dead (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Worst Movie EVER
18 January 2007 | by silverdragonbloodSee all my reviews

One star is being nice. This movie is amazingly awful. This girl clearly has no idea what she's talking about. Her name is "Silver" for heaven's sake, it's CLEARLY written by a 14 year old who is angry about the world and is trying to change it with her terrible writing and acting. Listening to her speak was physically painful. The contrast between her and actual actors just made it all the more difficult to bear.

It's written by someone with no life experience in drugs and suicide. She just reads about it. The only reason it gets good reviews is because she's 14 and adults think that this is actually real life for teenagers. She's INCREDIBLY self righteous. If she actually knew anything about drugs it might be a better movie. I mean, really put a group of messed up, drug addicted, horny teenagers together and you're more likely to get an orgy house than a therapy center.

The actors need to learn stage combat.

The graphics were emotionally traumatizing. I mean, the fairy girl? And heaven? Some of the VERY few good points: soundtrack was awesome, and the idea is mildly cool, particularly since god was a drag queen. But she just didn't pull it off.

Every moment was ridiculously predictable. I'm actually dumber for having watched this movie. I can't believe it won as many awards as it did. The only reason we finished watching it was because it was like watching a train wreck; terrible, but you can't look away. How did something like this get made?


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