In the words of Randy Jackson, “That’s gonna be a ‘no’ from me, dawg.”
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 pants-shitting experience, you’ll partake in the horror fest that takes over 10 hours. 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.
Oh, I should add, 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.