Hell House: A Documentary (Video)

The post on the Christian horror movie Harmless made me think of this interesting documentary from 2001 of a small town setting up a “Hell House,” to warn people of the horrendous consequences of Sin:

Hell Houses are a distinctly American phenomenon which began in 1990 just outside of Dallas, at the Trinity Assembly of God Church. The original Hell House was conceived as a modern-day fire-and-brimstone sermon. Today, this religious ceremony of sorts is replete with actors, extensive lighting equipment and full audio-visual tech crews.

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  • http://twitter.com/JudasvanderBerg Judas van der Berg

    Cool. Makes me wanna go to church and become a devout Christian. Seems like a legit religion. 

  • Dr K

    Telling kids that they’ll go to hell if they dont obey the ramblings of an ancient desert dwelling cult is evil.

  • Ishefa

    Gothic paganism masked in a pseudo-religious veneer, to justify these
    Christians pathological and sadistic need to pimp fear in order to gain
    and maintain converts. These are the sickest cults on Earth.

  • http://twitter.com/mattstaggs Matt Staggs

    I loved the premise for the documentary, but thought the execution fell a little short. Didn’t hate it or anything, but just seemed sort of rote to me. What’d you think, @deepCough?

    • DeepCough

      I thought this was an interesting sociological study of symbolic-interactionism: a conservative
      religious group using a dramaturgical “Shop of Horrors” display (on Halloween, of all times) to
      emotionally traumatize and vociferously remind people of the “evil” that they perceive in the world around them, as well as some of the “sins” that some of those very townspeople have committed themselves (remember the “display of drunkennes” and how the father with the epileptic child stared so intently and almost saddened by it: it appeared asif he was staring into the past, wasn’t it?).

  • cakeypig

    This just sucks so bad and for so many reasons that I have nothing to say about it.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_N7ALIJGK2R55DAGQ2DIOHB4ZCU Richard

    Further proof that if religion were not useful to governments as a tool to help them control people, it would be listed in standard medical nomenclature as a psychiatric impairment.  There is no worse or greater coward and pervert than a so-called “good Christian”.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_N7ALIJGK2R55DAGQ2DIOHB4ZCU Richard

    Further proof that if religion were not useful to governments as a tool to help them control people, it would be listed in standard medical nomenclature as a psychiatric impairment.  There is no greater or worse coward and pervert than a so-called “good Christian”.

  • DeepCough

    Full movie

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbhQsRJ6ARw&feature=related

    P.S. The following feature is being provided for educational purposes and therefore constitutes FAIR USE.

  • Anarchy Pony

    Reminds me of that episode of King of the Hill.

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