This Truly Terrifying Haunted House Is Causing Some Intense Reactions From Fans... and the Police

Have you ever been so terrified by a house's Halloween decorations that you had to call the cops? This house in Dallas, Texas has such a gruesome display that the police are getting phone calls from concerned neighbors.

The Dallas Observer reported that artist Steve Novak had a grotesque image in mind for the front lawn Halloween display he had planned.

"I've always been up to hijinks like flying ghosts or seven-foot tall snow sculptures of myself, so if I was gonna do Halloween, it was obvious that it should be hyperreal," Novak told the publication. "No lights, fog machine, or camp ... something that would really freak people out walking by in the dark. So I whipped up some dummies and slung 20 gallons of blood all over."

Halloween Decoration
Wearing a mask,Kyndra Hendrick, 6-years-old, helps her parents put out Halloween decorations in front of her house October 17, 2004 in Owings, Maryland. Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Novak's front lawn is so blood-splattered it could make Quentin Tarantino blush. One dummy hangs over the front of the roof, covered in blood with a machete to the head. Another lies in front of the porch with a giant safe where his head should be. There is a pool of blood surrounding the dummy.

Closer to the sidewalk is a dummy facedown with a chainsaw rammed through his back, with a wheelbarrow of human body parts not far off. There's also a body bag.

It's safe to say that despite the macabre display, Novak has a sense of humor. "A kid walked by and asked me what happened to them; I said they ate too many Skittles," he quipped.

Novak revealed that his neighbors told him cop cars were in front of his decorated house frequently during the day, as many called to report the stranger-than-fiction scene. "I was only home twice to receive them. They told me they thought it was cool and that they were only there because they were required to reply to complaints from the sergeant," he admitted.

Novak laughed, adding: "They were in formation at the door and when I opened it they asked me if it was all mine. I asked, 'You mean the blood and the bodies? Yeah, that's me.'"

His grim front lawn has cause a range of reactions all over Twitter. Some were very impressed. "This man is an artist," one user said. "You can almost feel the embarrassment from that tidy house next door," another joked.

"i will never create anything that rules half as hard as this," a third person wrote.

i will never create anything that rules half as hard as thishttps://t.co/DG9x41JMx1

— Albert Burneko (@AlbertBurneko) October 28, 2020

He did these decorations a little too well 👀😂😂. He showing y’all what he can do so don’t mess with him 😂😂

— ❤️ (@Yemaya_Orisha2) October 27, 2020

goddamn this rules

— rat king (@MikeIsaac) October 28, 2020

You can almost feel the embarrassment from that tidy house next door.

— Schooley (@Rschooley) October 28, 2020

This man is an artist.

Also, I need to know the pretend scenario that led to the dude on the roof catching a machete in the face. https://t.co/6wX1n13mJ9

— Turkey Serota (@maggieserota) October 28, 2020

Imagine you’re the neighbor, you leaving for work and you see this on your shared walkway🤣🤣

— Area 51 Escapee (@KatisKeeper) October 27, 2020

Actually have mad respect. I wanna try something like this. https://t.co/rtDX9aCTWU

— Mori Shiba (@Hent4ikun647) October 28, 2020

Others were critical of the decor, calling it too realistic and inappropriate for a neighborhood. "If (sic) you're Halloween decorations are a trigger warning then maybe it's a little too far," one user commented. "This is gross and inappropriate," another chimed in.

this is gross and inappropriate

— Al Bernstein (@AlBernstein) October 28, 2020

If you're Halloween decorations are a trigger warning then maybe it's a little too far

— The Revolution Needs More Software Developers (@AskSamULTech) October 27, 2020

so fun fact, these decorations are rad by the way, but fun fact, in my town a couple years ago this husband went ape shit and shot his wife in the head on their front porch and no one called the cops for hours because they thought her dead body was a Halloween decoration https://t.co/UcIZYvfXA0

— yeah i’m still emo, so what? (@ThyArtIsMemes) October 28, 2020

Regardless of whether you find the display overkill (pun intended) or perfect for Halloween, you have to admit that the dedication is impressive.