The “Tour of Hell” is an evangelical Hell House put on by the Abundant Life Church in La Marquee, Texas.
If you aren’t familiar with Hell Houses (or Judgment Houses), Wikipedia describes them as:
…haunted attractions typically run by American, fundamentalist Christian churches orparachurch organizations. These depict sin, the torments of the damned in Hell, and usually conclude with a depiction ofheaven. They are most typically operated in the days precedingHalloween.
A hell house, like a conventional haunted-house attraction, is a space set aside for actors attempting to frighten patrons with gruesome exhibits and scenes, presented as a series of short vignettes with a narrated guide. Unlike haunted houses, hell houses focus on occasions and effects of sin or the fate of unrepentant sinners in theafterlife. They occur during the month of October to capitalize on the similarities between hell houses and haunted attractions.
The exhibits at a hell house often have a theme focusing on issues of concern to evangelicals in the United States. Hell houses frequently feature exhibits depicting sin and its consequences. Common examples include abortion, suicide, use of alcoholic beverages and other recreational drugs, adultery and pre-marital sex, occultism, homosexuality, and Satanic ritual abuse. Hell houses typically emphasize the belief that anyone who does not accept Christ as their personal savior is condemned to Hell.
We visited Abundant Life’s “Tour of Hell” last night in hopes of capturing some video footage of the controversial Halloween attraction. We also admittedly planned to heckle them. It hardly would have been insensitive to have a little fun at their expense, considering the judgmental and fear-mongering nature of the event. However, we were deterred by their police security from entering with the camera (in the future we will utilize more covert filming gear).
We decided to take the tour anyway so that we could at the very least speak of the experience.