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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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Storyline

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Celeste Davis was 13 years old when she began writing the screenplay. 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.
[title card appears]
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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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Featured in The Making of 'Purgatory House' (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Magic Carpet Ride
Written by John Kay and Rushton Moreve
Published by Kings Road Music/Universal Duchess Music Corp (BMI)
Performed by Breck Alan
Courtesy of Snacky Time Records/Sound Advisors, Inc.
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shameful
24 September 2008 | by adinsanitumSee all my reviews

This movie is awful. The premise is inherently flawed, the plot goes nowhere, the characters are one dimensional stereotypes, the acting is bland, and the dialog is poorly written. The entire film reeks of faux artistry, from the main character's name to the oh so very deep soliloquies the protagonist gives every few minutes to the horrendous camera work. I found myself watching just to see how much worse it could get and that is the only aspect of the film that did not disappoint.

If someone commits suicide they do not go to purgatory to atone for their sins, they go straight to hell.


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