It's that time of year again when the ghosts and devils will dominate one night out of this month, well that is, costumed people, candy and kids dressed up as characters.
Yes, Halloween is just around the corner and of course the fundamentalists must be gearing up for the holiday. One of the things that they do is put on something called "Hell House" which I am sure many of you have heard of before. Hell House is the Christian version of a haunted house whereas instead of ghosts, demons and zombies they use a variety of hot-button issues such as abortion, drugs and sex acted out in a dramatic way. Usually at the end of these Hell Houses is the intimidation *cough* I mean encouragement for the participants to "come to Christ.
These things pop up everywhere around this time and I do believe where there have been some deception upon the people into thinking that this would be an actual haunted house, just run by a church only to get preached at.
So what do you guys think of Hell House(s) and have you ever been to one or have you had friends or family members that attended one?
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Post by Shane for Wax on Oct 26, 2010 15:38:48 GMT -5
I have heard of them. I never want to go to one. Something Positive had a nice little arc about the hell houses. Kinda made me never want to get near one.
MaybeNever- Perhaps the solution then is to throw the chihuahua at the bad guy, then pump the shotgun while eating a big slice of cantaloupe. Am fear nach glèidh na h-airm san t-sìth, cha bhi iad aige 'n àm a' chogaidh.
Post by the sandman on Oct 26, 2010 18:56:46 GMT -5
I've been confronted with these things on multiple occasions. I know I'm supposed to take them all serious and crap, and that the people involved are very, very sincere in their desire to warn all about the horrors of Hell and sin.....but they're just so friggin' hilarious.
They are always so overwrought and melodramatic that there is just no way to take them seriously. In every "tour" people always start giggling and laughing and the "cast" always smiles smugly and nod to each other, "knowing" it's all "nervous" laughter and everyone is really getting uncomfortable about the "message." Umm...no. Hate to break it to you, but that's not "nervous" laughter, it's "barely restrained" laughter, or at least "embarrassed" laughter. Embarrassed for the performers, that is, not themselves.
With my theater background, and my position as a teacher in a Christian school, I have been asked to help with these things on several occasions. I always politely demure.
"Did you ever have one of those moments when you think, How the HELL did I get here? Geeze what HAPPENED to me? I was ruling the galaxy! Had a cherry new battlestation. I mean, this place had an omlet bar. A straight-up OMLET bar! Now look. My former intern's tossin me down a bottemless freaking pit. Come to think of it, my whole life has been a series of what the fuck moments." -Palpatine
Post by darthtoxic on Oct 26, 2010 19:04:43 GMT -5
There's a King of the Hill episode that's got a pretty funny representation of these. The one where the lady goes about basically outlawing Halloween on the grounds that it's Satanic.
"Everything I own is in the corner of your room. It's covered with a sheet just like it died - but I will take a broom. I'll sweep it new again, arrange it... Oh, I'll grow a dozen hands. No, I never will neglect my world again. I'm safe beneath my blanket. Call it home... For you. For me... and rainbows."
Post by Mlle Antéchrist on Oct 26, 2010 21:34:04 GMT -5
Never been in one. I'm not sure if anyone runs one of them anywhere near my city.
I kind of want to make a "Hell House" that shows all of the horrific acts committed in the name of religion throughout the centuries... except I won't, 'cause, y'know, I'm not an asshole who ruins people's fun by forcing my opinions on to them under the guise of a haunted house.
"Je me presse de rire de tout, de peur d'être obligé d'en pleurer."
This is the first I've heard of it. Checking it out now. Hopefully, my college's internet actually behaves and lets me watch it without too much lagging or choppiness.
In fact, before this thread, I've only been exposed to hell houses via the aforementioned King of the Hill episode, and I thought that was a joke. You'd think I'd have heard of these before now, given the location where I attended high school, but either the churches never bothered, or I never bothered to notice. Probably the latter, since I only looked at their signs for the occasional laugh.