Jesus' Hell House
The Hell House phenomenon was first publicized in Hell House, a 2001 film by director George Ratliff, whose movie focused on the production staged by the Trinity Church in Cedar Hill, Texas. Most reviews of the film read a lot like this one.
Hell House is a movie full of contradictions. It's a documentary about a church that creates a haunted house every Halloween to teach visitors the perils of modern life.
Although Jerry Falwell is credited with originating the Hell House concept -- and his Liberty University is sponsoring an elaborate version, known as ScareMare, in Virginia this year -- any church can stage its own Hell House by purchasing an Outreach Kit from the Hell House Ministry of the Reverend Keenan Roberts, pastor of Colorado's New Destiny Christian Center ("Soaring at a Godly Altitude").
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What does a ticket to a Hell House buy? Sheer misogynistic, homophobic and anti-Semitic horror.
As one reviewer of Ratliff's documentary explains, there's no "sin" left behind.
[A] young Baptist pastor named Keenan Roberts dreamt up an alternative to haunted houses for the month of October: he called it "Hell House," and it featured different rooms that re-enacted the ways you could go to hell. Abortion, heavy metal, homosexuality, even the RU-486 pill is not spared.
Among the high(low)lights: in one room a kid listens to some rock'n'roll and then blows away his entire classroom with a .357 magnum. In another, a woman has a botched abortion and tries to grab the unborn fetus from the doctor. In the best scene, a man with AIDS - pockmarked and covered in sores - is eaten in his hospital bed by a giant monster. And lastly, after descending into Hell itself, you meet a Hasidic Jew who is being ground into meat - and then you are granted audience with Lucifer himself.
But this country apparently is big enough for hundreds of Hell House productions each and every Halloween. This year the production values of the official trailer for the Cedar Hill church's DARK RAIL House (presumably the train to hell, since nearby Dallas' public transportation system is known as DART) far exceed those in Ratliff's original film.
The Cedar Hill church's elaborate production has grown into a tremendous moneymaker, but even more modest enterprises are effective. The following text and photos are excerpted from one Ohio church's account of its own 2005 Hell House production (all errors in the original).
The funeral home where the descendent died from AIDS contracted from the so called Alternated Life Style, the funeral in progress. A young lady laying in a casket, mom, grandma and sisters weeping for their lose. They seen how Satan had deceived this young lady into believing that she was born a lesbian and she had died from aids. A demon jumps out from behind the casket and informs the group how he had convinced her into believing that this was the way she was and how they had led her into hell through this deception without the hope of escape.
[A] school class room where a troubled teen enters the room during class and shoots several students and the teacher, this depicting school violence we are plagued with today because of sin, no more bibles or prayer in our public school. A demon speaks to the young man with a gun hidden under a long black coat he carries out the mission the demon has convinced him to carry out. The demon is present during all of this as the groups looks on.
The abortion clinic, a young lady lay on the operating table as the medical staff take the life of another unborn child. The demon is present telling the tour group how he had convince this young lady to murder her unborn child. The young lady dies during the abortion.
A teen girl is having trouble with her family, boyfriend, school, so called friends alcohol and drugs. A demon is convincing her no one cares or loves her. At the precise time as the demon talks to her she slowly brings a gun to her head the lights grow dim and a pistol is shot is heard ( a pistol loaded with blank rounds is fired undetected) and she falls to the floor as the lights come back up.
Then the group is then led to HELL, It can't be described it has to be experienced!
And plenty of impressionable youngsters probably needed them.
As George Ratliff discovered in Texas in 2001, Hell House is an important event for the participants.
You're not going to believe this but after Hell House every year, they have their own Oscar award night. It's their prom and awards ceremony merged into one. It's a huge night of the year because they don't really have a dance or prom -- they have this. So they get dressed up to the nines, their best clothes, buy dresses, rent tuxes. It's a seated formal dinner in the church and they have awards layed out for, you know, "Best Rape Girl," "Best Abortion Girl" and so forth. And it's a full ceremony with the screens and clips. It's huge, huge deal for them.
And it's also a huge, huge deal for the thousands of impressionable children and adolescents who experience Oscar-worthy performances in countless other Hell Houses in churches across the country.
Trick or Treat.
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