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Hell House -- Hell Houses are the evangelical Christian Church's answer to a haunted house, a fundamentalist fight night meant to scare the bejesus out of any nonbeliever. These houses of horror don't rely on the traditional gimmicks of ghosts and goblins. Instead, they recreate scenes that graphically depict such modern-day evils as botched abortions, AIDS-related deaths, fatal drunk driving crashes, date rapes, and drug-induced suicides. With full behind-the-scenes access, Hell House follows the making of these contemporary fire-and-brimstone sermons. Shot at the Trinity Assembly of God Church in Texas, the film chronicles the entire process from initial script meeting to lavish stage production. Hell House is a window into the creative effort and religious zeal behind this over-the-top sermon, while remaining an intimate portrait of the people who fervently believe its message.


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Aria Adloo ... Herself
Ashley Adloo ... Herself
Amy Allred ... Herself
Gabriel Allred ... Himself
Cherie Asbjornson ... Herself
Brett Bedard ... Himself
Tim Ferguson ... Himself
Ben Hennesy ... Himself
Jim Hennesy ... Himself - Trinity Church pastor
Kristen Hennesy ... Herself
Mark Hennesy ... Himself
Rosanna Hennesy ... Herself
Ryan Hennesy ... Himself
J.R. Hernandez ... Himself
Jennifer Hillman ... Herself
Dave Hix ... Himself
Paula Hix ... Herself
Carol Holt ... Herself
Howard Holt ... Himself
Kaleb Holt ... Himself
Kayce Holt ... Herself
Bill Humphrey ... Himself
Nancy Humphrey ... Herself
Crystal Johnson ... Herself
Jeremy Johnson ... Himself
Lori Johnson
Summer Johnston
Natalie Jones
Tacara Jones
Becky Jordan
Jayson Just ... Himself
Matthew Kaewpradit ... Himself
Josh Kester ... Himself
Jane King ... Herself
Paul Kovarik ... Himself
Jonathan Parker ... Himself
Jonathan Wallace ... Himself
Brad Watts ... Himself
Stacia Webb ... Herself
Ben Weiss ... Himself
Crystal Weiss ... Herself
Josh Weiss ... Himself
Nancy Weiss ... Herself
Amber Wells ... Herself
April Wells ... Herself
Jerry Wells ... Himself
Kristen White ... Herself
Geoff Whitmore ... Himself
Alan Wilson ... Himself
Amy Wilson ... Herself
Joel Wilson ... Himself
Dawn Wolfe ... Herself
Desiree Wright ... Herself
Aaron Wulff
John Wulff ... Himself
Josh Wulff
Suzanne Wulff
Ted Wulff

Directed by
George Ratliff 
Produced by
Devorah DeVries .... associate producer
Selina Lewis Davidson .... producer (as Selina Lewis-Davidson)
Zachary Mortensen .... producer
Tommy Pallotta .... associate producer
George Ratliff .... producer
Paige West .... executive producer
Original Music by
Bubba Kadane 
Matt Kadane  (as Matthew Kadane)
Cinematography by
Jawad Metni 
Film Editing by
Michael LaHaie 
Sound Department
Ethan Andrus .... sound mixer
Peter Levin .... sound editor
Barbara Parks .... sound editor
Michael Swanner .... additional sound
Special Effects by
Prerana Reddy .... additional camera
Editorial Department
Edith R. Newman .... assistant editor (as Edith Newman)
Noëlle Penraat .... negative cutter
Other crew
Joni Linton .... production assistant
Gabriel Allred .... special thanks
John Michael Barajas .... special thanks
Tami Jean Barajas .... special thanks
Rich Buquet .... special thanks
Jon Cassar .... special thanks (as John Cassar)
Ben Harwell .... thanks
Beth Hemmerich .... thanks
Erika Henderson .... thanks
Rachel Henderson .... thanks
Becky Hennesy .... thanks
Jim Hennesy .... special thanks (as Pastor Jim Hennesy)
Seth Herzog .... special thanks
Kurt Lennig .... special thanks
Lee McAlester .... special thanks
Virginia McAlester .... special thanks
Fouad Metni .... special thanks
Russell Nichol .... special thanks
Susan Nichol .... special thanks
Dwayne Petty .... special thanks
Harvey Ratliff .... special thanks
Heidi Ratliff .... special thanks
Oscar Sacriste .... special thanks
Howie Statland .... special thanks
Francie Swift .... special thanks
Amy Talkington .... special thanks
Mack Talkington .... special thanks
Myrl Talkington .... special thanks
Christa Toven .... thanks
Jessica Trober .... thanks
Thad Trober .... special thanks
Kenneth Trombley .... thanks
Phoebe Ventouras .... special thanks
Crysti Wallace .... thanks
Stacia Webb .... special thanks

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A disturbing look at a side of America rarely seen, 4 February 2006
Author: SpansonCrackle24 from Philadelphia

I first came across "Hell House" about a year ago on Sundance Channel's "Doc Day," and having always been interested in films involving Christianity ("Saved!" and "Dogma" are my two favorites) I decided to sit down and maybe have a laugh or two at the down-south fundamentalism. What I saw wasn't much of a laugh: "Hell House" depicts young Christians in what has been called an "evangelical haunted house," in which they portray various scenes of people committing "sins," then being dragged off to hell by a demon in a cheap Halloween mask. In short, it's not a nice film for your Sunday afternoon.

Director George Ratliff first heard about this particular hell house when it attracted media attention for doing a school shooting scene just a few months after the Columbine shootings (though the house had been doing this particular scene for quite some time, it raised controversy in 1999 for being so soon after the Columbine massacre). He was allowed into the tight church community to make his 1999 documentary short "The Devil Made Me Do It," and went back a few years after to make this, the feature length-version, "Hell House." On the DVD features, Ratliff explains that the only way he would be allowed into the community to shoot the film was if he promised to portray things exactly how they are, and not put his own spin on them or try to counter the message of the church.

This is where the film sometimes gets criticism, as we are seeing some very offensive behavior from those putting on Hell House, and the only people there to dispute them are a bunch of drunken teenage Slipknot fans. To me, though, it shows how well the church has paralyzed the community with fear, as everyone goes along with this perverse project with smiles and clapping hands.

And yes, the Hell House itself is pretty disturbing- depicting scenes of botched abortions, a gay man dying of AIDS then renouncing God and being dragged off to hell, a girl killing herself after being raped at a club (then once again, being dragged off to hell), even a man burning for all of eternity because his uncle molested him as a child. To sum up, these people are "crazy" with three K's.

People seem to forget, however, that the film was not made by these religious fanatics themselves, but by an outsider. Most of the negative reviews for this are slamming the subject matter alone and the hideous people contained inside, which I think isn't fair. Yes, it's difficult to not be disturbed by "Hell House," (if I had seen this when I was younger, I would be convinced that I was going to hell) but you need to get past that and look at how Ratliff gets inside these people. I think I walked away from this movie feeling much more informed on the horrors of deep-south Christianity. Rather than having a vague idea from various stand-up comedians, this movie really gets to the nitty gritty of it all, which makes "Hell House" my all-time favorite documentary.

So if you want to be scared this Halloween, forget "Friday the 13th" or "The Exorcist" hunt down a copy of "Hell House" and prepare to be terrified.

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