What exactly is Judgement House?
According to its official website, Judgement House is "a walk-through drama that presents the truth of people's choices versus the consequences of those decisions both in this life and the next." Though they vary by location, every Judgement House starts with a depiction of death, then lets people choose the next path: heaven for believers, hell for everyone else. As with AHS, the rooms contain depictions of all manners of sin -- drug abuse, pre-marital sex, playing with tarot cards -- and forces the actors who participate in these sins into hell, where they suffer terribly for refuting Christ.
The purpose of Judgement House? To save souls by literally scaring people into believing. It may sound drastic, but it appears to be paying off, with the Washington Post reporting that the popularity of the houses is on the rise. Churches pay as much as $15,000 to put on the lavish, hellish productions; one church in Philadelphia had roughly 1,4000 attendees last year, and there are more than 120 official Judgement Houses throughout the country.
Churches that want to be Judgement House locations purchase scripts from the Florida-based ministry. There are over two dozen to choose from, all focusing on ordinary people "forced to face a reckoning," and all intended to be used as an alternative to Halloween's secular haunted houses.