Hell House
Hell House (2002)

Documents a high-tech fire-and-brimstone sermon that a Dallas Pentecostal church puts on every Halloween to scare kids into coming to services. Trinty Assembly of God church invented Hell Houses in 1990 and every Halloween since they've… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 1, 2002
DVD Release Date: May 27, 2003
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A fascinating, even-handed account of Hell Houses.

V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Frightening, well-done documentary.

Dan Fienberg
L.A. Weekly

The Trinity Assembly approaches the endeavor with a shocking lack of irony, and George Ratliff's documentary, Hell House, reflects their earnestness - which makes for a terrifying film.

Steve Biodrowski

Even if you do not agree with the message that the Hell House haunt is purveying, you will find the Hell House documentary fascinating.

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Dave Kehr
New York Times

As a director, Mr. Ratliff wisely rejects the temptation to make fun of his subjects.

Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune

Texan director George Ratliff had unlimited access to families and church meetings, and he delivers fascinating psychological fare.

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Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

The tour of the house itself is a surreal mix of cheap gore and religious zeal. It's a penetrating look into life in rural Texas, and a thoroughly enjoyable, disturbing, and darkly-funny film to watch.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

Lookin' for sin, American-style? Try Hell House, which documents the cautionary Christian spook-a-rama of the same name.

Mary Brennan
Seattle Times

Lazy filmmaking, with the director taking a hands-off approach when he should have shaped the story to show us why it's compelling.

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Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

I encourage everyone to watch it and discuss the difference between Christ's ministry and the 'ministry' of these high-pressure gospel salesmen.

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
Jason Spencer
An interesting doc about a church that puts on a super elaborate Death House every Halloween. While I understand their goal... this is a very in your face… More
Wu Chouin
Another very interesting religion doc. Had me laughing a few times during the preparations for the house.
_kelly .King
I don't feel like this documentary reveals anything we didn't know was already there. People so ignorant of reality and into their own viewpoint so… More
Christopher Brown
Great doc. Remember those fun haunted houses you could go through at fairs and carnivals and get scared silly by people jumping out at you, things dropping… More
Lafe Fredbjornson
Somewhat interesting how some churches will scare their youth into leading straight and clean lives. It's shocking how the performers in the house… More