The Carthage Psychology Club and Psychological Science Department present a screening and discussion of “Hell House.” The 2001 documentary follows a Texas church as it designs a haunted house attraction meant to “scare the hell out of you.” Professor Kateryna Sylaska will unpack some of the themes from the film, following the screening.

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Taboo Talks: ‘Hell House’

Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm CDT October 17

Location: Campbell Student Union Auditorium

The Carthage Psychology Club and Psychological Science Department present a screening and discussion of “Hell House.” The 2001 documentary follows a Texas church as it designs a haunted house attraction meant to “scare the hell out of you.” Professor Kateryna Sylaska will unpack some of the themes from the film, following the screening. 

“Hell House” Synopsis

The award-winning, must-see documentary was directed by George Ratliff.

Hell Houses are a distinctly American phenomenon which began in 1990 just outside of Dallas, Texas at the Trinity Assembly of God Church. The original Hell House was conceived as a modern-day fire-and-brimstone sermon. Today, this religious ceremony of sorts is replete with actors, extensive lighting equipment and full audio-visual tech crews.

Inside the Hell House, tour guides dressed as demons take visitors from room to room to view depictions of school massacres, date rape, AIDS-related deaths, fatal drunk driving crashes, and botched abortions. Hell Houses have now spread to hundreds of churches worldwide. With full access to the behind-the-scenes action, “Hell House” follows the process from the first script meeting until the last of the 10,000 visitors passes through the Hell House doors. The movie gives a vérité window into the whole process of creating this over-the-top sermon, while showing an intimate portrait of the people who fervently believe its message.

SPONSORING DEPARTMENT, OFFICE, OR ORGANIZATION:

Carthage Psychology Club and the Psychological Science Department 

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:

Anthony Barnhart, abarnhart@carthage.edu

By: Anthony Barnhart

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Location: Campbell Student Union Auditorium