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Old 10-25-04, 09:05 AM
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Anyone ever been to a Hell House?

I've never been to one but I was thinking of going to one to see what it's like and if it will scare me. Anyone ever been to one? For those of you who don't know what one is it's a church Haunted house designed to scare you into Believing.

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Old 10-25-04, 09:09 AM
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There is a DVD out there called "Hell House" and it is a Documentary on one of those houses... I'd watch that - then if you think it looks good go check one out in person.
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wow......what a waste
Old 10-25-04, 09:23 AM
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They show that documentary on television from time to time, and I've considered recording it. Then I decided it wasn't worth it, since it would only piss me off.
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Originally posted by CPA-ESQ.
There is a DVD out there called "Hell House" and it is a Documentary on one of those houses... I'd watch that - then if you think it looks good go check one out in person.
Do you mean this one? I just did a search on the web.

http://www.hellhousemovie.com
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yes that is the movie. Netflix has it
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I saw that doc. These Hell Houses are SOOOO stupid looking. A little bit of cheese on top of cheesy.
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I would go to see one, but I probably wouldn't be able to stop gut laughing the entire time.

This is basically the same reason I'm not usually allowed in churches.
Old 10-25-04, 12:10 PM
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Never been involved in one, probably wouldn't go to see any.
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This was in today's Chicago Tribune. I was going to past in the "Wah!!! Politically Correct Witches Stole Halloween From Me!!!" thread, but here's as good a place as any:

Halloween bedevils some U.S. churches
Candy and costumes or hellfire and damnation? More religious groups believe it's the latter

By Dahleen Glanton
Tribune national correspondent
Published October 25, 2004

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. -- Every weekend in October through Halloween, thousands of people converge on this rural town to take a trip down the Tribulation Trail.

The wooded path behind Metro Heights Baptist Church leads them through scenes of a battleground in Iraq, to a world ruled by the devil and to a meeting with Christ, who invites Christians into heaven and sends sinners to hell.

As in a typical haunted house, the scenes are scary and graphic. Though the trail is centered on Halloween, it is not meant to celebrate the holiday. The trail and a growing number of events like it are meant as an alternative to Halloween--as a depiction of real-life wickedness.

Some evangelical Christians have waged a battle for two decades to erase Halloween from American culture, saying the observance glorifies evil. The debate on whether Halloween is a secular or religious event has received renewed energy this year because it falls on a Sunday.

Christians across the country, particularly in the Bible Belt, have flooded local government offices with requests to forbid Sunday celebrations or move them to Saturday so they won't conflict with the Sabbath.

"It's a demonic spirit day," said Deborah Griggs, 36, of Newnan, Ga., who does not allow her three boys to celebrate Halloween. "God should get the glory on Sunday and Saturday as well. Halloween should be canceled altogether."

Halloween has its roots in Europe in the pre-Christian Celtic festival of Samhain, during which it was believed ghosts of the dead revisited Earth. When Christianity took over and All Saints' Day (or Allhallows) was set on Nov. 1, the night before that became known as Allhallows Eve, or Halloween.

Commercial success

In modern times, the holiday has been transformed into a highly commercialized event in this country, celebrated by children and adults and generating more than $7 billion a year. For most people, it is simply a day or night of fun and a cause to dress up in silly costumes.

But many Christians, as well as some Jews and Muslims, choose not to observe Halloween because it conflicts with their religious values. Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson, founder of the Christian Coalition, has said they should "close Halloween down" and that children who dress up as witches are "acting out Satanic rituals."

The issue rose to the forefront in the 1980s with the return of evangelicals to the political arena, and became a part of the broader movement dealing with school prayer and abortion, said Charles Haynes, senior scholar for the First Amendment Center in Arlington, Va.

"Some evangelical and conservative parents asked, `If we can't have Jesus in [the schools] in December, why can we have witches and ghosts in October?' They see it as a religious issue, but it does not have much of a legal basis," Haynes said.

"No court is likely to see the secular use of ghost or witch images as a religious imposition," he said. "But that does not mean it's right to do it. Halloween has become a big public-relations issue, especially in schools. And districts that have the least problems have learned to compromise."

While city officials have not tried to legally dictate when Halloween celebrations can be held, many municipalities, such as Bowling Green, Ky.; Phenix City, Ala.; and Grand Rapids, Mich., have responded to the pleas of residents and made it clear that Saturday is the preferred day.

In Columbus, Ga., Mayor Bob Poydasheff got several such requests and announced during a City Council meeting that residents should consider celebrating on Saturday rather than Sunday.

"The mayor felt it would be a good thing to encourage people, without mandating anything, because many churches in the community have services on Sunday evening," said Ed Wilson, the mayor's assistant. "We wanted to avoid a conflict."

Theologians say there is no single perspective on Halloween, but some Christians see the observance as a tribute to paganism and the devil. The anti-Halloween movement has attracted a large following, particularly in the South, the cradle of the fundamentalist evangelical movement.

"The more rigorous fundamentalists seem to have the most concern that Halloween affirms the reality of the devil and Satan," said Charles Lippy, a religious studies professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Separating fantasy, reality

"One of the problems is that adults may have more of a problem than the children in separating reality from fantasy," Lippy said. "Kids who dress up as princesses or devils seem to know full well that is not who they are, and that it is a game and exercise in imagination."

For years, some Christians have lobbied schools to discontinue Halloween parties, and when they refused, they kept their children home from the events. On Halloween night, they stayed inside with their porch lights off and their curtains closed, signaling to trick-or-treaters that they were unwelcome.

But in recent years, religious opponents of Halloween have become more active. Many schools and churches hold harvest festivals as an alternative to Halloween parties. Many families have decided to open their doors to trick-or-treaters, but along with the candy, they hand out religious tracts, little pamphlets that teach children about Christ. More than 3,000 "hell houses" like Tribulation Trail have sprung up across the country.

The idea of scary but faith-based alternatives to haunted houses took root in the 1970s at Rev. Jerry Falwell's Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. Liberty's event, called ScareMare, presents frightening scenes of death to pose the religious question: "What will happen when you die?"

The "hell house" idea has grown in popularity despite criticism of graphic portrayals of people dying of AIDS, abortions, gang shootings, drunken drivers and teenage suicide. On Tribulation Trail, there is a large picture of singers Britney Spears and Madonna kissing as one example of the decline of family values.

The idea of alternative haunted houses has been promoted in recent years by Keenan Roberts, who created "Hell House" near Denver in 1995 and began marketing it to other religious organizations across the country. Several churches now sell kits.

"There was a lot of heat in the 1990s, but some of our critics just ran out of gas. We have not changed one thing about how we go about what we feel needs to be communicated," said Roberts, pastor of Destiny Church of the Assemblies of God in Northglenn, Colo.

"We tell people that sin always brings about devastating results. But when you get tired of sin, Jesus is there knocking on the door waiting to forgive you," he said.

At the end of the Tribulation Trail, counselors are available to talk to those who want to learn more. A minister prays for the group and hands out Bibles. Sometimes, volunteers said, people's lives are changed.

"The devil has a counterpart for everything God does. Halloween is one of them," said Elaine Law, 45, who volunteers as a counselor. "We are here until 1 a.m. If we can save one person, it's worth it."
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Well, damn. I think I've found a case where I agree wholeheartedly with some crazy fundamentalist religious people!

I completely agree that Jesus and God and the Devil are all just as real as ghosts and witches flying around on broomsticks with pointy hats and such.

It's so good to finally come to an agreement with religious people on a religious subject matter. After all, it has been one heck of a long time.
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Originally posted by Otto
I would go to see one, but I probably wouldn't be able to stop gut laughing the entire time.

This is basically the same reason I'm not usually allowed in churches.
Not if you go to a Pentecostal church. Just tell them its Holy laughter.

Old 10-25-04, 03:43 PM
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Here is some info about a good one:


http://www.landoverbaptist.org/news1099/hellhouse.html


http://www.landoverbaptist.org/hellhouse/thehouse.html


http://www.landoverbaptist.org/news0903/hellhouse.html


Be sure to check out each of the rooms on the second link.
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I'd never heard of these before. Stuff like this makes me ashamed to tell people I'm a Christian, because this is how other "Christians" represent themselves.
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Originally posted by Duder


I'd never heard of these before. Stuff like this makes me ashamed to tell people I'm a Christian, because this is how other "Christians" represent themselves.
FYI, while "Hell Houses" are real, Landover Baptist is not. It's a site parodying the hardcore religious right.
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Well, it's good to know that one's not real, but still... Ugh.
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One time I went to a church like this. It was on a date and for 2 hours the minister ranted about all the evils like playboy. the climax came when we had to get on our knees and pray for forgiveness. i never saw that girl again since it was her idea to go there.
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Originally posted by al_bundy
the climax came when we had to get on our knees
Of course that's when the climax came.
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Originally posted by cdollaz
Here is some info about a good one:

http://www.landoverbaptist.org/hellhouse/thehouse.html

Be sure to check out each of the rooms on the second link.


The Demoncrat Room

In Room number 2 you will experience the horrors of life under the extreme liberal agenda! Your guns will be taken away! Your children will be taught that homosexurals are human! You will pay taxes while lazy good-for-nothing negroes eat fried chicken and watermelon and watch color TV all day while you have to work! Boodists, Cathylicks and other satanists will go unpunished and will walk the streets like they own them! See for yourself what blasphemy will occur if the Clinton/Gore liberal feminazis are not stopped!

On-site Republican voter registration is required; minimum registration is two states.
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holy crap, it really says that
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room #4 is wild. don't enjoy sex and don't use tampons

The scenes depicted in room number four are dedicated to the sins of three wicked women woman. The tour will view the first woman as she ingests a birth control/pre abortion pill in order to have unrestricted premarital relations. Within seconds of swallowing the pill she begins to spew blood and bile. You will see her belly self combust, sending bits of singed and bloodied fetal matter into the crowd. The next woman, a young wife, who from first glance appears to be a Christian, looks at her calendar and calls out to her husband, "It's baby makin' time!" As she succumbs to her marital duty, a horrific smile creeps across her face. She writhes and takes the Lord's name in sexual vain, like a harlot! As she enjoys her time of procreation she begins to suffer excruciating pain. Her husband transforms into a demon and his member morphs into a rattlesnake!

In the final scene, viewers will visit a 14 year old girl as she sits on a toilet in her school bathroom. As she reaches into her purse and pulls out a box of Tampax, she looks around to see if anyone is watching. She then begins to reach up between her legs and insert the Devil's Cotton Finger. Demonic laughter and the music of Cristina Aggy'lerra fills the room as she succumbs to the pleasure. After a full two minutes of witnessing this sinful act, Satan appears behind the girl and she screams! The crowd realizes that it is actually his hand that is under her skirt! After a moment of agonizing terror, his middle finger, the cotton one, explodes. Her white skirt becomes saturated with pus and blood while the Toxic Shock flames destroy her womanhood. Satan stands back and behind the curtain and shakes his bloodied Tampon finger at the crowd shouting, "WHO IS NEXT?!"

All standing visitors who have not soiled themselves in this room will be given a Hellhouse 2000 Tampon locker magnet that reads, "Godly Girls Use Pads with Angel Wings." CLICK HERE for more information about the Pulling The Plug On Satan Ministry.
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at least room #7 makes sense. we all knew jar jar was evil

In room number 7, the tour group will witness children as they sit huddled around a television set. They are watching a scene from a movie called "Star Wars: Episode I," a movie that should have been rated X. A demonic monster called "Jar Jar Binks" appears on the screen and the kids begin to chant, "we love Jar Jar, we love Jar Jar!" While they are chanting, Jar Jar Binks appears from behind the shadows with a giant axe. He lets out a demonic scream and goes completely insane, chopping off all of the children's heads. He hacks them up into little pieces. The tour group will not be allowed to exit the room until they see the hellish creature laughing as he laps up all of the blood off the floor with his 7 foot tounge. A church member disguised as George Lucas then begins to make love to the creature as the tour group is hastily escorted to room number 8.
Old 10-26-04, 11:43 AM
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The "hell house" idea has grown in popularity despite criticism of graphic portrayals of people dying of AIDS, abortions, gang shootings, drunken drivers and teenage suicide. On Tribulation Trail, there is a large picture of singers Britney Spears and Madonna kissing as one example of the decline of family values.
So there's not only gore and violence, but depictions of lesbianism? Who needs an R-rated movie when I can go to the Hell House?
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Kind of funny how, in a way, they are marking the occasion.

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