Purgatory House (2003)
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Critic Reviews for Purgatory House
The names of Cindy Baer and Celeste Davis belong on the V.I.P. list of promising new filmmakers
There's a lack of polish and, more importantly, an uninhibited demeanor to Davis's script which work well for the subject matter
A charming, touching, clever and all-around brilliantly crafted film about teen suicide.
Audience Reviews for Purgatory House
Summary: 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. Ratings: Acting: 6/10 Story: 6/10 Originality: 7/10 Soundtrack: 7/10 Characters: 4/10 Overall: 6/10
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.
To really appreciate this movie you need to understand it was written and starred in by a 14 yr old. Watching the special features will help put this movie into perspective. Overall I was happy to have watched Purgatory House, but knowing the context and assenting to its quirky way is paramount to being able to enjoy the experiece. Compared to many Hollywood movies Purgatory House was no masterpiece. The acting was blocky, maybe in part due to the script, the special effects a bit cheesy, and the film quality at best was slightly above video. However the concept was interesting, as was the psychological peek into such a young and vibrant mind. I was pleased to see this young girl achieve so much growth in such a short period of living. Kudos for the director who mentored "silver" with such encouragement. It really shows how much we can affect the world for the better by just a bit of loving effort.
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