note: I am NOT the moderator. But I suggest that since you are discussing Dante's poem The Inferno, (title) then the use off the more common English word 'hell' is not only a propos but a simple translation of the Italian 'inferno.'
But that's just my thought.
Now, as to 'scary.'
This betrays a major difference between Roman Catholic and Orthodox soteriology - our differing views of the nature of Salvation.
The Roman church uses the 'judicial' approach: guilty plea followed by sentence - I have sinned, I did X,Y and Z; say 5 Our Fathers and five Rosaries - your sins are forgiven...
The theory and language of the Law Courts; which, since the Roman Republic/Empire invented them, was not an unusual example for the Church in the West to follow. mostly in its' post schismatic era.
In the Orthodox Church, however, the thinking was/is not of the Church as a court, but a hospital, where the sickness of sin is cured by the love of God manifested by the Holy Spirit, Who is present in all places and Who fills all things. His Divine healing of those who reach out to Him is made manifest by and through the Grace with which He empowers the Church's Bishops; and they, the priests. These are the 'doctors and nurses' of the Church.