• Hell House (2001)

Hell House

Release Date: 2001

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 25 min

Plot Summary

Filmmaker George Ratliff explores the bizarre phenomenon of Halloween "hell houses": evangelical fright fests that use grisly skits to demonstrate the consequences of homosexuality, abortion, drug use and other condemned behaviors. This documentary chronicles a full performance season at the original hell house in Dallas -- which boasts an annual audience of more than 10,000 people -- and investigates whether its organizers go too far in their attempt to save souls.

Director: George Ratliff

Genres: Documentary

Keywords: 2000s , Transformation , Temptation ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Jami BernardNew York Daily News

    Scary, all right, but not for the reasons the Dallas church had in mind. show more

  • 100
    David SterrittChristian Science Monitor

    The result is a lively, insightful look at multiple levels of self-delusion among people who truly believe their Halloween funhouse is making our fallen world a better place. show more

  • 75
    V.A. MusettoNew York Post

    The scariest revelation in Ratliff's film is that the Texas Hell House has proved so popular that it's being copied all over the country. Heaven help us! show more

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