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From Haunted Houses to Zombies: The Most Frightening Scary Horror Games
Do you enjoy the adrenaline rush of being scared out of your wits? Are you a fan of horror movies and looking for a new way to experience fear? Look no further. In this article, we will explore some of the most terrifying scary horror games that will leave you trembling with fear. From haunted houses to zombies, these games will push your limits and keep you on the edge of your seat.
Haunted Houses: A Classic Thrill
If you’re a fan of haunted houses, then horror games that feature eerie mansions or abandoned buildings are sure to provide an exhilarating experience. One such game that comes to mind is “Resident Evil 7: Biohazard.” Set in a dilapidated plantation house in rural Louisiana, this game combines atmospheric horror with intense gameplay. As you navigate through dark corridors and solve puzzles, you’ll encounter grotesque creatures and terrifying jump scares that will keep your heart pounding.
Another notable haunted house game is “Amnesia: The Dark Descent.” In this first-person survival horror game, players find themselves trapped inside an ancient castle with no memory of how they got there. With limited resources and a lurking presence that feeds on fear, this game is guaranteed to make even the bravest players feel vulnerable and terrified.
Zombies: A Never-Ending Nightmare
Zombies have been a staple in horror culture for decades, and scary horror games featuring these undead creatures are always popular among thrill-seekers. One standout title in this genre is “The Last of Us.” Set in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by infected humans turned into zombies, this action-adventure game blends intense combat with an emotionally gripping storyline. The realistic graphics and immersive gameplay make every encounter with the infected a heart-pounding experience.
For those seeking a more intense zombie experience, “Resident Evil 2” is a must-play. This remake of the classic survival horror game takes players back to Raccoon City, where a zombie outbreak has turned the population into flesh-eating monsters. With its atmospheric setting and relentless undead enemies, this game will keep you on your toes as you fight for survival.
Psychological Horror: A Mind-Bending Challenge
If you prefer horror games that mess with your mind, then psychological horror games are perfect for you. “Silent Hill 2” is often regarded as one of the best examples of this subgenre. As players control James Sunderland through the foggy town of Silent Hill, they unravel a deeply disturbing story filled with symbolism and psychological torment. The game’s haunting atmosphere and psychological twists will leave you questioning reality long after you’ve put down the controller.
Another mind-bending horror experience is “Layers of Fear.” In this first-person exploration game, players step into the shoes of a disturbed painter as they navigate through a constantly changing mansion. Delving into themes of madness and obsession, this game uses clever storytelling and visual trickery to create an unsettling experience that will keep you guessing until the very end.
Survival Horror: Fight or Flight
For those who enjoy intense gameplay and heart-pounding action, survival horror games provide an adrenaline-fueled experience like no other. “Outlast” is a prime example of this genre. Armed only with a camcorder, players must navigate through an abandoned psychiatric hospital filled with deranged inmates. With no means to defend yourself other than hiding or running away, every encounter becomes a tense battle for survival.
Another standout survival horror game is “Alien: Isolation.” Set fifteen years after the events of Ridley Scott’s iconic film “Alien,” players assume the role of Ellen Ripley’s daughter as she tries to survive aboard a space station infested by one relentless xenomorph. The game’s AI-driven alien enemy constantly adapts to the player’s actions, making every encounter a nerve-wracking game of cat-and-mouse.
In conclusion, if you’re a fan of being scared senseless, these scary horror games will provide an unforgettable experience. Whether you prefer haunted houses, zombies, psychological torment, or survival challenges, there is a game out there that will cater to your darkest fears. So grab your controller and prepare for a night of terror as you dive into these spine-chilling virtual worlds.
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An ‘extreme’ haunted house requires a 40-page waiver. Critics say it’s a torture chamber.
Before someone can enter the “survival horror challenge” of McKamey Manor, there’s a physical exam. Then there’s a background check, a phone screen, a 40-page waiver and a drug test. If all that goes according to plan, participants have to watch a nearly two-hour documentary featuring every person who has attempted the haunted attraction in the past two years.
McKamey Manor, based in Summertown, Tenn., bills itself as “an audience participation event in which (YOU) will live your own Horror Movie.”
“Understand that each tour will be different based upon your personal fears, and can last up to 10 HOURS,” the website says. “Each guest will be mentally and physically challenged until you reach your personal breaking point.”
An online petition with tens of thousands of signatures says it’s all a front for a torture chamber and urges state officials to shut down the attraction.
The complicated screening process for McKamey Manor is meant to select participants who can be easily manipulated as the attraction’s cast duct-tapes their heads, forces them to eat things and waterboards them, according to the petition, which had been signed by more than 67,000 people by Wednesday afternoon. The petition also claims that founder Russ McKamey hires employees with violent histories and makes people ingest pills that cause hallucinations.
“It’s literally just a kidnapping and torture house,” the petition says. “Some people have had to seek professional psychiatric help and medical care for extensive injuries.”
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McKamey told The Washington Post that he didn’t “want to confirm or deny which areas are real and which are not” from the petition but that no torture or illegal activities are part of the experience. Law enforcement keeps a close eye on the manor, he said, and he calls police to warn them before each new participants begin the tour in case they get reports of any issues.
McKamey said he does, however, use mental techniques to convince people they are experiencing things that they are not. He said he films every visit so he has proof of what happened and didn’t happen during it.
“There’s no torture, there’s nothing like that, but under hypnosis if you make someone believe there’s something really scary going on, that’s just in their own mind and not reality,” he said.
Hundreds of haunted house attractions alarm and delight Americans each year, particularly around Halloween. “Extreme” haunted houses, which aim to terrorize through physical and psychological stress, are less common. They are often subject to fierce criticism , while thrill-seekers line up for the chance to be scared out of their minds.
Since a story about the manor from WFLA-TV this month made waves online, McKamey said he has kept his phone on “do not disturb” mode because thousands of people have been calling to set up visits. He said the attraction has a long wait list.
The manor, he said, is an interactive experience that relies on mind games meant to make people believe things that aren’t really happening. He said people are not really waterboarded, for example, but he uses hypnosis and other mind-control techniques to put that thought in their heads.
“If you’re good enough and you’re able to get inside somebody’s noggin like the way that I can,” McKamey said, “I can make folks believe whatever I want them to believe.”
McKamey, who said he served in the Navy for 23 years and moonlights as a wedding singer, started the manor 30 years ago as a cross between his theatrical background and his love for haunted houses. In all that time, he said, no one has completed the manor experience.
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Reservations are required to tour McKamey Manor, and only one or two people are allowed in at a time. Participants have to be over 21, or between 18 and 20 with a parent’s permission. Guests who are pregnant or claustrophobic, or have seizures, respiratory, or heart issues, are urged not to participate. The cost of admission is a bag of dog food for McKamey’s five dogs.
Participants start the tour with the chance to earn $20,000 and lose $500 every time they fail an activity, McKamey said. He also takes away $500 if a guest says a curse word, since cursing is not allowed at the manor.
“I’m like the most strait-laced guy you could think of, but here I run this crazy haunted house,” McKamey said. “And people twist it around in their little minds.”
McKamey said he has invested more than $1 million in the attraction, which is a mobile experience. Guests start in Summertown, but McKamey said he transports them to different locations in Tennessee and rents out other people’s farms and abandoned buildings for the stunts.
If participants lasted long enough in the experience, McKamey said they would end up in Huntsville, Ala. No one, however, has ever gotten that far.
“It really is a magic act, what I do,” he said. “It’s a lot of smoke and mirrors.”
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Creator of extreme haunted house with 40-page waiver responds to outrage: 'It's all entertainment'
A haunted house has gone viral for its hair-raising requirements for entry : participants must clear a background check, pass a doctor's physical and mental exams, and sign a 40-page waiver.
And with virality comes controversy: plenty of speculation and outrage has arisen online over how safe the extreme haunted experience really is.
The premise of McKamey Manor: "contestants," as they're dubbed, are pushed through a series of terrifying, seemingly dangerous tasks while blindfolded as they're transported to various locations between Summertown, Tennessee, and Huntsville, Alabama. Owner and creator Russ McKamey offers a $20,000 prize to anyone who can complete the course, though nobody ever has.
NSFW videos of past contestants' experiences are required viewing before signing up for the tour. The images are harrowing: they show grown adults sobbing, shaking, often soaking wet and covered in what looks like blood. McKamey maintains the danger is all an illusion. Critics say participants are signing themselves up to be tortured.
But people continue to sign up anyway.
'There's a chance of death': Inside the chilling 40-page waiver
The contents of the usually 40-page waiver (sometimes more, sometimes less depending on the "activities" that day, McKamey tells USA TODAY) visitors need to sign beforehand are more than frightening enough for anyone looking for a Halloween spook.
Kris Smith, a remote volunteer for McKamey Manor, has been through the tour twice.
But before both attempts, he was initially scared off by the waiver, which details all the physically painful, mentally scarring and grotesque things that could happen along the way: it says you could be be buried alive in a coffin, for example, or swim through a tunnel system with minimal air pockets and caimans trying to bite you.
"I read it and I quit," Smith says in an interview with USA TODAY. "I got to the last page and turned around and went home. ... There's so much. You have to pull out your own teeth, there's a chance of getting a tattoo, a chance of your fingernails getting pulled out. It's really overwhelming. There's a chance of death. Accidents do happen."
When a participant finally gets the courage to hand over their John Hancock, there's still the actual tour experience go through.
'Just putting on a big show'
McKamey comes across as a charismatic, theatrical man. He grew up loving movies and theater. After serving for 23 years in the Navy, he spent another 13 working in veterans affairs before turning McKamey Manor into a full-time gig.
"It's all entertainment," McKamey says. "Halloween is nothing more than a big play. (The Manor) is just putting on a big show. That's all it is, just a big production."
Much like a reality show, potential contestants are screened beforehand ("We want people that are going to be outgoing, people who are going to put on a show for fans," says Smith.)
Each contestant is filmed through their attempts at making it through the tour, with clips of their experiences shared for fans to watch through a private Facebook group.
And, like the way reality shows set their contestants up for drama, It's easier to pull off the ultimate scare when Smith and a handful of other volunteers are working behind the scenes with pre-tour screenings that help cater the experience to what would scare each individual.
"I'll be your best friend," Smith says of his relationship with contestants leading up to their tour date. "I'll be calling you, checking up, ... getting into your head to figure out what makes you tick."
Smoke and mirrors: McKamey explains the making of some of the horror
The appeal of a typical haunted house or horror movie lies behind its safety. Guests or viewers can enjoy something shocking and seemingly frightening because they know deep down the danger is make-believe.
But some contend that at McKamey Manor, people are really getting hurt. A recent Change.org petition by Frankie Towery asking the Tennessee and Alabama governments to shut down McKamey's operation continues to collect signatures. So far it's gotten over 62,000 signatures.
The petition, which cites Reddit threads and unnamed "reports," calls the Manor "literally just a kidnapping & torture house" and claims "some people have had to seek professional psychiatric help and medical care for extensive injuries."
"It’s a lot of nothing. The manor is not getting shut down," McKamey says of arguments like those, adding he's not going to stop doing something just because some people don't like it.
McKamey maintains the discussions of controversy are led by folks who haven't gone through the tour themselves and are based on an iteration of the manor that hasn't existed for five or six years. It used to be a more physical experience, with actors "yelling, getting real physical with them." Now, McKamey says, he's the only one who interacts with contestants during the tour. It's a mental game now.
"They're not getting hurt," he says. "I use a lot of hypnosis, a lot of mind control techniques. If you can hypnotize people, you can make them think whatever you want. I don’t need to rough anyone up. Hypnosis is a powerful mind tool. I can put somebody in a pool with 3 inches of water and tell them there’s a great white shark, and they’re going to believe they're swimming (in the ocean) with a great white shark."
Smith recalled tapping out during his second attempt at conquering the manor: he said he went through a round of hypnosis that gave him a "complete panic attack."
Who would sign up for something like this?
Adrenaline junkies, McKamey says; people who see the tour as an extreme obstacle course and a challenge to beat their personal best time.
Repeat contestant Brandon Vance told The Nashville Scene in 2018 that after serving in the Army, he's constantly seeking a similar adrenaline rush. Extreme activities like skydiving and bungee jumping don't do it anymore, he said. So he turned to McKamey Manor to get his extreme thrills.
"I don’t get that adrenaline rush from jumping out a plane anymore. It’s not the same as when you’re sitting in a Humvee, locked and loaded, you’ve said your last prayer and go outside the wire — it’s very hard to replicate that," he said. “With McKamey Manor, that’s the closest I’ve ever come. I get to experience that feeling again — it’s almost euphoric.”
That's what McKamey says it's all about: "The energy and the folks; entertaining the folks," he says. "It's fun to be able to design something that comes to fruition and succeeds and does all the things you hope it would. Its rewarding to see that take place. Its just entertainment – nothing more, nothing less."
Contributing: The Associated Press.
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The Scariest Haunted House in the Country Requires Visitors to Sign a Waiver Before Entering
Critics have called the attraction "a torture chamber under disguise"
McKamey Manor is not your average haunted house .
Forget a 10-minute walk through a spiderweb and fake blood-filled maze — this terrifying attraction is self-described as a “new level of extreme horror,” in which guests are forced to come face to face with what scares them most.
“Understand that each tour will be different based upon your personal fears, and can last up to 10 HOURS,” the website reads. “Each guest will be mentally and physically challenged until you reach your personal breaking point.”
Visitors afraid of clowns, for example, can expect to encounter plenty of the creepy jokesters during their journey. Someone who’s deathly afraid of drowning will likely experience some simulation akin to that experience.
In 2015, a participant named Amy Milligan told the San Diego Tribune that she had been slapped, waterboarded and locked in a coffin with cockroaches crawling over her face during her tour.
“I’m going to die here,” Milligan recalled thinking. “‘I’m going to drown.’ My hair is wrapping around my neck and I start freaking out. I’m telling them I can’t breathe and they’re just laughing and doing it more.”
The Manor’s owner, Russ McKamey, says he has invested over $1 million in the attraction over the years, and offers a $20,000 reward to anyone who can complete the entire experience. No one ever has. The Navy vet turned wedding singer created the attraction over 30 years ago, combining his love of haunted houses and theatrics.
“Doing a haunt is like doing a play, but in October,” McKamey tells PEOPLE.
But this controversial destination is the farthest thing from a typical theater-going experience. McKamey says he uses mind-control techniques and hypnosis to put people through mental torture, and that he can get them to believe anything he wants. “That’s my ace up my sleeve,” he says.
Tours at the McKarney Manor — which start in Summertown, Tennessee and end about 70 miles away in Huntsville, Alabama (if you make it that far) — are absolutely free to take part in, but guests must go through a lengthy admissions process to enter.
Because of the personalized nature of the Manor, it runs only once per week.
According to the website , potential guests must complete a “sports physical,” provide a doctor’s note stating they are in peak physical and mental health, pass a background check, provide proof of medical insurance, pass a screening over webcam, pass a drug test, sign a 40-page waiver and watch a two-hour warning video among other requirements.
Guests must be 21 years of age or older. Those aged 18 to 20 can sign up with a parent’s permission.
While the manor may appeal to masochists and horror-lovers, a petition on Change.org is currently going around to put a halt to the attraction, claiming it is “a torture chamber under disguise” and “a shame to all haunted houses.”
The petition was started by a user named Frankie Towery, and appeals to the Tennessee State Senate, Tennessee Governor and Alabama State Senate. It has been signed by over 80,000 people as of Halloween 2019.
The petition description details that “they do screenings to find the weakest, most easily manipulated people to do the ‘haunt.’ If Russ doesn’t think you’re easily manipulated, you aren’t allowed to go… he uses loopholes to get out of being arrested… One man was tortured so badly he passed out multiple times, workers only stopped because they thought they had killed him.”
The document also claims that there have been reports of sexual assault inside the manor, that people with violent histories and sexual offenders are hired, and that needles are used to inject participants with hallucinogens, among other illegal activities.
“It’s literally just a kidnapping & torture house,” the description continues. “Some people have had to seek professional psychiatric help and medical care for extensive injuries. I propose that all locations where this is happening be shut down immediately.”
Despite these allegations, McKamey maintains that the Manor is legal, and that the petitioners’ claims are untrue.
“I find it funny,” he says of the accusations. “It’s my private property, and it’s just something I enjoy doing. Just because I have this unusual hobby that people get all bent out of shape about, they’re not going to shut it down.” He did not clarify which portion of the experience is on his property, as the route covers many miles and crosses state lines.
McKamey also says that the District Attorney has been out to the site many times and has never seen any cause for concern. “You have to use your common sense,” he says. “If torture was happening the way they think it’s happening, then I’d be in jail right now.”
For now, McKamey says he is overwhelmed not by negative attention, but by the amount of people calling him looking to set up a tour.
“I have to put my phone on ‘Do Not Disturb’ because my phone just rings 24/7 now with people trying to take the tour,” he says.
As for the current number of people on the waiting list? “Well over 27,000.”
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McKamey Manor: Petition created to shut down ‘extreme’ haunted house that requires 40-page waiver
Petition created to shut down ‘extreme’ haunted house that requires 40-page waiver.
McKamey Manor describes itself as an “an extreme haunted experience.” But now, a petition calling it “a torture chamber under disguise” has reached over 40,000 signatures in a bid to shut the attraction down.
SUMMERTOWN, Tenn. - McKamey Manor describes itself as “an extreme haunted experience” where guests are promised the most terrifying and mentally exhausting 10+ hoursof their lives. But now, a petition calling it “a torture chamber under disguise” has reached over 65,000 signatures in a bid to shut the attraction down.
Russ McKamey owns and operates multiple locations of the extreme haunted house in Summertown, Tennessee, and Huntsville, Alabama, where he requires visitors to fulfill a long list of requirements, including a 40-page waiver and the completion of a physical exam. The price of admission: a bag of dog food.
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Visitors must also follow strict guidelines which include no cussing, drinking, smoking, running, eating, or touching the actors or props. While a safe word allegedly promises a prompt exit from the intense experience, the petition called “Shut down McKamey Manor” claims otherwise.
The petition alleges that McKamey specifically targets people he deems “most easily manipulated.”
“Previously no safe word was allowed, he changed that but there’s been reports that the torture continues even when people repeat their safe word for several minutes,” the petition reads.
One man was allegedly “tortured” so badly, it wasn’t until the workers thought they had “killed” him that they finally decided to stop.
Some visitors of McKamey Manor have taken to Reddit to express their fear and frustration, warning future patrons against going through with the experience, calling it “torture porn.”
A petition has been created to shut down McKamey Manor, calling it "torture under disguise."
One Reddit user wrote that the reason McKamey doesn’t accept any money is because “he only desires the footage of what he puts his ‘customers’ through. His payment is having footage of people crying, throwing up, having mental breakdowns and begging for him to let them go.“
The user added that McKamey has admitted to exclusively employing people with “touchy pasts” including some with felonies for violent behavior, claiming that the employees gain some form of gratification out of harming people.
Another user leaked a portion of the alleged waiver that apparently says that visitors risk "death, stroke, traumatic brain injury," and dozens of other injuries on the tour.
So far, McKamey says no one has completed the tour, even though he promises to pay $20,000 to anyone who can sit through roughly 10 hours of this real-life nightmare.
The haunted attraction’s original location in San Diego, California closed down and eventually moved to one of its locations in Tennessee where the new attraction didn’t appear to be a favorite of local law enforcement or residents.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that in 2017, Lawrence County sheriff’s deputies in Tennessee responded to a screaming woman being dragged by two men from a car into the newly established McKamey Manor.
The deputies quickly learned that the abduction was staged, but incidents like these have made the local community uncomfortable, and authorities have been working to shut down the operation ever since.
While the website for the tour claims that only people who pass an extensive medical background test are permitted, “10 minutes of getting duct tape wrapped around your head, forced to eat things, be waterboarded & forced underwater,” is something writers of the petition allege cross a line.
McKamey Manor: Haunted house requires 40-page waiver, offers patrons $20K if they can handle 10+ hours
Haunted house offers ‘extreme’ experience with 40-page waiver.
People who are into haunted houses during the Halloween season may be in for an intense experience at McKamey Manor.
SUMMERTOWN, Tenn. - Haunted Houses are a staple of spooky season, but one “extreme haunted experience” pushes people to their limits and requires patrons to sign a 40-page waiver, create a safe word and pass a physical exam.
McKamey Manor touts itself as the scariest haunted house in the country. There’s a location in Summertown, Tennessee, and Huntsville, Alabama, according to the website .
Russ McKamey owns and operates the terrifying experience, which appears to take more than 10 hours to complete. People can take the tour by themselves, which is called “Desolation,” or they can take part in a two-person “personalized interactive experience.”
In order to participate, a reservation has to be made and the haunted house fan must be 21 or older. Then they must go through a lengthy screening process.
The process requires each person to complete a sports physical, which includes a doctor’s letter “stating you are physically and mentally cleared;” pass a background check provided by McKamey; a screening on Facebook, FaceTime or over the phone; provide proof of medical insurance; sign a 40-page waiver; create a safe word and pass a drug test.
Once a person has passed the rigorous process, they have to watch a two-hour video and pay to get in with a bag of dog food for McKamey’s pets.
If a person has the physical and mental strength to finish the house, they can walk away with a lifetime of nightmares and $20,000. But they also have to follow a required set of rules or they’ll lose out on some of the cash.
Those rules include no cussing, drinking, smoking, running, eating, or touching the actors or props.
So far, McKamey said no one has completed the intense tour.
The original location for the house was in San Diego, California, but eventually it closed down and McKamey moved to the Tennessee and Alabama locations.
This story was reported from Los Angeles.
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Haunted house requires 40-page waiver to enter, but will hand you $20K to finish
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SUMMERTOWN, Tenn. – The scariest haunted house in the U.S. will give you $20,000 if you finish the tour, but be warned... you must sign a 40-page waiver, have a doctor's note and pass a physical to even enter.
McKamey Manor in Summertown (Tenn.) is so scary, no one has yet to complete the experience, WFLA reports. But if you do finish, the attraction's owner, Russ McKamey will gladly give you the $20,000 reward.
The entry price is simply a bag of dog food for one of McKamey's five dogs.
If you pass the requirements to enter the haunted house, Russ will then tailor your experience based upon your fears.
Your entire tour is filmed, and for good reason. Some who have attempted the McKamey Manor tour have sued Russ believing things happened to them in the haunted house that didn't really occur.
“You’d be surprised over the years how many people have claimed something happened to them inside,” he told WFLA . “And I need to go back and show whoever needs to see it the raw and unedited footage, saying ‘here ya go, here’s the complete show.'”
McKamey also requires guests to watch a two-hour film that shows every person who has ever entered the haunted house. The movie highlights all of them quitting the tour midway.
McKamey Manor requirements :
- Be 21 years old or older, or 18-20 with parents approval
- Completed “Sports Physical” and doctor’s letter stating you are physically and mentally cleared
- Pass a background check provided by McKamey Manor
- Be screened via Facebook, Facetime or phone
- Proof of medical insurance
- Sign a detailed 40-page waiver
- Pass a portable drug test on the day of the show
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McKamey Manor: The Tennessee Haunted House So Terrifying, You Have To Sign A 40-Page Waiver
Yep, that’s a big no for me.
There’s always been one bright spot that keeps me going back to haunted houses a few beers deep with some buddies this time of year with Halloween right around the corner, and it’s the fact that the actors inside can’t touch you, or do anything to harm you physically.
Knowing that, it’s always a good ass time, and you and your best friends can just torch each other for nearly having a heart attack after some meth head in a Michael Myers costume scared the ever livin’ hell out of you.
But this place right here?
This is enough to not only possibly hurt you, but maybe even send you to the psych ward.
The twisted brainchild of Navy vet Russ McKamey, McKamey Manor in Summertown, TN and Huntsville, AL is likely the scariest haunted house on planet Earth. Just how scary is it?
Scary as a MF’er.
In fact, some people have dubbed it a real life torture chamber that shouldn’t even be in business.
Why? Well take a look at some requirements that you need to pass the screening process:
– they make you sign a 40, FORTY, page waiver.
– you must be 21 and above, or 18-20 with parents approval.
– you must get a “Sports Physical” and doctor’s letter stating you are physically and mentally cleared.
– pass a background check.
– pass a screening via Facebook face time or phone.
– have roof of medical insurance.
– and finally pass a portable drug test on the day of the “tour.”
Once you schedule your trauma-inducing experience, you’ll partake in the horror fest that takes over 10 hours… and maybe even longer. Who really knows if there is an end. IF you complete the journey (and follow the rules they lay out such as no cursing, drinking, smoking, running, eating, or touching the actors or props), you can win $20,000.
However, fair warning… NOBODY has ever finished.
Their website gives you all the info you need, and even itself looks outta control and scary, but somehow, more than 20,000 people have applied to participate. Granted, it doesn’t cost anything more than a 50-pound bag of dog food (weird) to enter.
According to Nashville Scene , the house can shave your head or eyebrows, inject you with hallucinogens, make you eat bugs, snap you with a mousetrap, wrap plastic wrap around your face, whip you, taze you, bury you alive… and that’s just the beginning.
So while so claim they were scarred for life by the experience, others have tried to complete the challenge more than once. And since Russ films the entire encounter, there is tons of footage available detailing what you can expect.
There is a massive Change.org petition to have the place shut down. Some have claimed they left with broken bones, bruises, were waterboarded and that founder Russ McKamey and company don’t adhere to the proposed safe word in a timely fashion.
However, despite opposition… to appears to still be up and running.
Here’s the original trailer that put McKamey Manor on the map.
Here’s a video from 2015, going behind the scenes with owner/creator Russ McKamey.
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Scariest haunted house in US requires 40-page waiver, doctor’s note, safe word
SUMMERTOWN, Tenn. ( WFLA ) — You really don’t want to do this. This is what every person must utter after failing to complete a tour of McKamey Manor. Russ McKamey owns and operates the most terrifying haunted house experience in America — one you’re not allowed to attend until you watch a two-hour-long video, sign a 40-page waiver, create a safe word, pass a physical, and more. Editor's note: This article contains graphic images and embedded video.
Featured on Netflix’s “Haunters: Art of the Scare” and on an episode of “Dark Tourist,” McKamey Manor is a see-to-believe type of attraction. The Summertown, Tenn. horror house is so extreme, no one has ever successfully completed the experience. And yet, Russ says his new haunted show, ‘Desolation,’ is his most extreme haunt yet.
“Nobody’s even made it to the starting clock with this new show,” Russ told News Channel 8. “With the new mental game, it’s much more difficult. And because of that, no one’s even started the clock.” YOU REALLY DON’T WANT TO DO THIS Think you have what it takes to tour the Manor? If you do, it only costs a bag of dog food– Russ has five dogs. And if you complete the tour, Russ will hand you $20,000. So why wouldn’t you want to do this? It’s not as easy as just a bag of dog food, as you’ve probably gathered by now. The Manor’s website lists seven must-do items before the tour can begin.
Waiver signing at the McKamey ManorThere is also a two-hour movie Russ requires you to watch before visiting the manor. The video, “And Then There Were None,” is a collection of every contestant who attempted McKamey Manor between July 2017 and Augus
How is Russ so good at playing make-believe? He says hypnosis is a great tool. “When I use the hypnosis I can put you in a kitty pool with a couple inches of water and tell you there’s a great white shark in there, and you’re gonna think there’s a shark in there,” he said. “And so, when you have that kind of power over people, and have them do and see things that you want them to see, then they can leave here thinking it really happened, and they’ll go to the authorities and say, ‘oh, whatever,’ and I have to come back and show the footage and say, ‘it didn’t go that way at all.’ “It’s saved me a thousand times.” Over the years, Russ has been able to tap into the fears of everyone that’s come through the manor. He says he works each show around everyone’s individual fear, so it’s never the same show. Russ says a common fear people share is water. If you think you have the guts to even attempt McKamey Manor, you can contact Russ here . I will stay behind.
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This Haunted House Makes You Sign A 40-Page Waiver Before Entering, And I'm Calling The FBI Right Now
Honestly, I'm not making it past the waiver, love.
I love Halloween and horror as much as the next person, but it seems like some people have taken fright night to the highest level of WTF extremeness.
When twitter user @mellbelleex said that there is a haunted house that literally makes you sign a waiver to enter but will give you $20,000 if you complete it, i had to see what they were talking about.
MJ @mellbelleex The “haunted house” that makes you sign a waiver and claims to give you $20K if you can complete it, this is just a part of the waiver they make you sign - continued 08:49 AM - 26 Oct 2019 Reply Retweet Favorite
My obsessive research led me to discover that she's discussing the McKamey Manor experience in Tennessee. According to Knox News , owner Russ McKamey offers $20,000 to anyone who completes the tour, but he says no one ever has.
First of all, this is the location of the place. Immediately I'm thinking Children of the Corn , and it's a no from me, dawg.
So I was like, okay, I GUESS a good haunted house needs to be in a spacious environment. THEN I learned that you have to sign a 40-page waiver, create a safe word, AND get a full physical.
Y'all, the waiver told these people they may come in contact with carbon monoxide poisoning. Get me TF outta here.
Oh, did I mention you consent to being crushed by rocks and zapped by dog collars, AND that you don't get to quit once you enter unless "serious physical or psychological injury is present"?
If that's the case, then why do we have a safe word?!
The waiver also includes sections where participants can have teeth extracted without novocaine and be subjected to water torture..
And if you think that doing something like throwing up will make them let you go, think again.
Other people on Twitter shared their horror encounters with the McKamey Manor, and some of these responses sound like they're straight out of an Alfred Hitchcock movie:
Chels(ey)🌹🐝 @RosesRye @mellbelleex I also found out about this today and watched a video of a woman who did it.... She's traumatized for life They chopped off her hair and forced her to eat it, they tried to drown her anf stuff... The owner should be in jail 11:39 AM - 26 Oct 2019 Reply Retweet Favorite
Apparently there's also a Netflix documentary about this place. Nope, I'm fine! Sprinkle it in holy water and put it in rice.
FREUDIAN DRIPP @cupidalaska @mellbelleex There’s a documentary on Netflix where they show clips from inside and interview people who’ve been through it and finally the guy who created it- he comes across as a complete sociopath. If you haven’t seen it, it’s called Haunters: The Art of The Scare 07:22 PM - 26 Oct 2019 Reply Retweet Favorite
The rest of us just want any of this to make sense:
ᑎᗩTᗩᒪIE ᐯ ☻ @NatVeee @mellbelleex Lol this is the smartest psychopath I’ve ever read about. He gets to torture people for his own enjoyment but he can’t get into trouble because they signed a waiver 😂 I laugh because I’m so fkn disturbed and confused as to how this is “legal”. https://t.co/yLxXzXbJwb 10:06 AM - 27 Oct 2019 Reply Retweet Favorite
And why there's actually a wait list to get inside:
♡ @yagirldejaa @mellbelleex their are people out there who are on a waitlist .... to get tortured .... please make it make sense. 11:40 PM - 27 Oct 2019 Reply Retweet Favorite