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Aro Recommended Hell House


USA 2001, 86 minutes
Dir. George Ratliff
Rating: [Exempt]
Genres: Documentary / Sociology, Youth

Topics: Religion.


Aroview: Behind-the-scenes account of a small fundamentalist church in Texas whose "Hell House" serves as a tool to literally "scare the hell out of non-believers".

Like bizarre aversion therapy, they go to elaborate lengths to graphically recreate such "modern-day evils" as botched abortions, AIDS-related deaths, fatal drunk driving crashes, date rapes and drug-induced suicides. Frightening indeed, but prudently non-judgmental, this presents an intimate portrait of those who fervently believe their message.

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DVD Features

"The Devil Made Me Do It", the director's 1999 short, the basis for "Hell House", plus "This American Life" public radio broadcast about the film.

  • deleted scenes

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