Purgatory House (2003)

Purgatory House




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Movie Info

Neophyte director/producer Cindy Baer helms the quirky goth afterlife drama Purgatory House, written by the prodigious 14-year-old scenarist Celeste Davis (who also stars). Davis plays Silver Strand, a backward teen who, disgusted with her status as a social pariah and unfulfilled goth hopeful, decides to off herself. She winds up in a purgatory realm that resembles a sketchy juvenile-delinquency home, watched over by Saint James, a caretaker perpetually dressed in a white suit (and played by … More

Rating: R (for drug content)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Celeste Davis
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 16, 2007


as Saint James

as Silver Marie Strand

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Critic Reviews for Purgatory House

All Critics (5)

The names of Cindy Baer and Celeste Davis belong on the V.I.P. list of promising new filmmakers

Full Review… | January 31, 2005
Film Freak Central

There's a lack of polish and, more importantly, an uninhibited demeanor to Davis's script which work well for the subject matter

Full Review… | November 1, 2004

Natural Born Killers with heart.

Full Review… | September 30, 2003
Entertainment Insiders

A charming, touching, clever and all-around brilliantly crafted film about teen suicide.

Full Review… | September 30, 2003
Film Threat

A fairly compelling movie, but when one realizes that the screenplay was penned by a 14-year-old gal...it adds a whole new perspective to all the angst being tossed around.

Full Review… | September 29, 2003

Audience Reviews for Purgatory House


I don't really know what to say about it. It deals with a very deep, emotional subject. I say with being written by a 14 year old it really is quite powerful and eye opening. I give it a thumbs up even though it's not the cream of the crop.

Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

A film about a teen girl who commits suicide and ends up living in purgatory.

The Good:
This film is very ambitious, and pretty good being that it was written by a 14 year old. It is definitely not your average same old boring movie, it breaks the mold and is surprisingly original. For being very low budget the acting is decent (with exceptions), story is solid, and though the soundtrack is completely just popular songs performed by unknown cover-bands, it still sounds good.

The Bad:
I didn't really like the visual style of the film. I think it probably would have been better if I streamed in HD but I do think it was better than having no visual style at all.

Acting: 6/10
Story: 6/10
Originality: 7/10
Soundtrack: 7/10
Characters: 4/10
Overall: 6/10

Professor Wizenhymer

Super Reviewer


Creative & playful look into heaven, hell, God, and purgatory of course - done by a 14 year old girl.

Sarah Prisbylla

Super Reviewer

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