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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 entire cast and crew worked for only deferred pay. See more »


Johnny: I just don't wanna see you end up like him. I mean, seriously, is he *ever* not on something?
Silver Strand: ...No...
Johnny: All he ever talks about is sex and whether or not he should put his weed plant in direct sunlight or if he should keep it shadded. i-i mean 'shaded', he actually said 'shadded'.
Silver Strand: Hahaha... Um... why do you hang out with him if all you ever do is bag on him?
Johnny: Honestly? Because you're always with him... silver, break up with him. I knew you before you two hooked up, and you've changed so much! ...
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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 »


Kids in America
Written by Reginald Wilde and Ricky Wilde
Published by Finchley Music Corp./U.S. Music & Media (ASCAP)
Performed by The Mandrakes
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This movie is excellent! You have to see it now!
12 July 2005 | by iloveac_001See all my reviews

I received the DVD today and i watched it and most of the special features. OH MY GOD!!!! I cant believe how fantastic this movie is!! Celeste is truly a gifted writer and actress, i cant believe she never acted before this she was so great. You have no idea how much this movie has touched my heart. In the last couple of months in my life i have been through a lot and seen my friends go through a lot, not to do with drugs really but to do with family and friends dying, getting hurt and getting sick. I have felt like killing myself a lot of the time and so have many people i know. If everyone at high schools around the world watched this movie then maybe they would think twice about killing themselves or ignoring other peoples pain. Through a lot of this movie i cried because i remembered that a 14 year old girl wrote this and felt this pain. A lot of people go through this pain everyday and we don't even realize it but this movie makes you realize and pay attention. This story is utterly true to life and i will never forget it.

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