A waiver of 40 pages is required to enter this extreme haunted house.
A physical exam is required before anyone can participate in the McKamey Manor “survival horror” challenge.
Next, there is a background check and a phone screen. There’s also a 40-page waiver, drug testing, and an oral drug test. Participants will then be required to view a documentary that lasts nearly two hours, including every person who attempted the haunted attraction within the past two years. McKamey Manor is a horror movie-making venue located in Summertown, Tenn. The website states that “each tour is different depending on your personal fears and can last up to 10 hours.” “Each guest will experience mental and physical challenges until they reach their breaking point.”
A petition online with thousands of signatures claims it is all a front for torture chambers and calls on state officials to close the attraction.
McKamey Manor’s complicated screening process is designed to pick participants who are easily controlled. According to the petition, which over 67,000 people signed on Wednesday afternoon, the attraction’s cast duct tapes their heads and forces them to eat food and waterboards them. According to the petition, Russ McKamey, founder of McKamey Manor, employs people with violent pasts and causes hallucinations by giving them pills.
About the petition
The petition states that “it’s just a kidnapping, torture house.” “Some people had to seek professional mental health care and medical treatment for severe injuries.”
McKamey stated to The Washington Post that while he did not want to “confirm or deny” which areas were real or false, he said that the experience does not include torture or other illegal activities. McKamey said that law enforcement is always on guard and calls the police before any new participants start the tour to alert them in the event of any problems.
McKamey stated that he does however use mental techniques to convince people that they are experiencing something they aren’t. McKamey said that he films each visit to prove what actually happened. He said, “There is no torture, there is nothing like that.” However, hypnosis can make people believe that something is really frightening. We wonder when it’s gonna be the same with the Scariest haunted house in Ohio?
Are they really haunted or is it an act?
There are hundreds of haunted houses that delight and alarm Americans every year, especially around Halloween. Extreme haunted houses are those that aim to terrorize people through psychological and physical stress. These haunted houses are often criticized harshly by thrill-seekers who line up to get scared.
McKamey stated that he has been keeping his phone on “do NOT disturb” mode since thousands of people called to schedule visits after the WFLA-TV story about the manor was published this month. McKamey said that the attraction is on a long waiting list. He explained that the manor is an interactive experience that uses mind games to convince people that things are not really happening. For example, he said that people aren’t waterboarded but that hypnosis and other mind control techniques help them to believe the thought.
McKamey stated, “If you are good enough and can get into somebody’s brain as I can,” McKamey added that “I can make people believe anything I want.”
McKamey said that he was a Navy veteran for 23 years and moonlighted as an opera singer. Starting the manor as a combination of his theatrical experience and his love for haunted homes 30 years ago. McKamey said that no one has ever completed the manor experience in all of his years. McKamey Manor requires reservations. Only one or two people can be admitted at a given time. Participants must be at least 21 years old, or 18 to 20 with permission from a parent. Participants who are pregnant, claustrophobic, have seizures, respiratory problems, heart disease, or are ill with their hearts are not allowed to attend. McKamey’s five dogs will receive a bag of dog food as part of their admission fee.
Does it cost any money?
McKamey stated that participants start the tour with the opportunity to earn $20,000 and lose $500 each time they fail an activity. McKamey also removes $500 from guests who curse words, as cursing is prohibited at the manor. McKamey stated, “I’m like a most strait-laced man you could imagine, but here I manage this crazy haunted home.” “And people twist this around in their little heads.”
McKamey stated that he had invested more than $1 million in the attraction. It is a mobile experience. McKamey said that guests start in Summertown but that he takes them to other locations in Tennessee. He also rents out abandoned buildings and farms from others for stunts.
McKamey stated that if participants persevered in the experience long enough, they would be able to end up in Huntsville. However, no one has ever made it that far.
He said, “It’s a magic act. What I do.” It’s a lot of smoke and mirrors.