Hell House Reviews

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Dennis Harvey
Variety
November 26, 2008
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
November 15, 2002
Frightening, well-done documentary.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Dave Kehr
New York Times
November 14, 2002
As a director, Mr. Ratliff wisely rejects the temptation to make fun of his subjects.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
November 12, 2002
Lookin' for sin, American-style? Try Hell House, which documents the cautionary Christian spook-a-rama of the same name.
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Dan Fienberg
L.A. Weekly
October 18, 2002
The Trinity Assembly approaches the endeavor with a shocking lack of irony, and George Ratliff's documentary, Hell House, reflects their earnestness - which makes for a terrifying film.
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
October 17, 2002
Texan director George Ratliff had unlimited access to families and church meetings, and he delivers fascinating psychological fare.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Mary Brennan
Seattle Times
October 10, 2002
Lazy filmmaking, with the director taking a hands-off approach when he should have shaped the story to show us why it's compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jonathan Perry
Boston Globe
May 24, 2002
A candid and often fascinating documentary about a Pentecostal church in Dallas that assembles an elaborate haunted house each year to scare teenagers into attending services.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4