Extreme haunted house keeps $20K prize as no one completes challenge
Attempt at your own risk.October 24, 2019
Halloween is right around the corner and that means most towns are probably offering the haunted house, corn maze or general area attraction. Most are a good harmless scare with zombies, chainsaws, and masked creeps. Most places aren’t McKamey Manor.
McKamey Manor in Summertown, TN has never had someone complete the full experience. The $20,000 prize for completion has forever remained untouched. The majority of ‘contestants’ never even officially begin what founder Russ McKamey calls the game.
Being that its the spooky season and most of us have scoured all the streaming platforms for every inch of horror we can find, you’ve probably stumbled across the documentary on Netflix, Haunters: The Art of the Scare. McKamey Manor was also featured on the wildly popular Netflix original series Dark Tourist.
Russ McKamey is not really painted in that great of light by either of the documentaries. In fact, most that have interacted with his ‘manor’ and the general haunting community share the same sentiments.
“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,” McKamey says to News Channel 8. “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.’
McKamey Manor was previously located in San Diego, CA and operated out of McKamey’s own house. The attraction uses physical, psychological and emotional torture to force guests to quit. Waterboarding, assault and forcing patrons to eat and drink unknown substances are just a few of the methods McKamey Manor uses to keep that prize money. Previously, the use of a safe word was not allowed.
The price of McKamey Manor is a bag of dog food for Russ McKamey’s pets. Guests must also sign a 40-page waiver, pass a physical and a background check. The waiting list is currently 24,000 people long.
Numerous complaints have been filed against McKamey Manor. The police have been called many, many times. Participant Laura Hertz Brotherton says she was ignored after using her safe word numerous times. She later went to the hospital for extensive injuries.
If you think you can best McKamey Manor this Halloween season, or ever, as it operates all year, you can contact Russ directly here. The experience can last anywhere from 4-8 hours.
We say, just stick to the terrifying Halloween haunted house that your neighbor puts on. The scary corn maze or warehouse on the edge of town is usually a safe bet. Don’t risk permanent damage to be the best this Halloween. Remember, no one has ever beaten McKamey Manor. Thousands have tried, and every one has failed. The current record is six hours.
Below is a video of Russ McKamey explaining the updated McKamey Manor, followed by roughly 90 minutes of potentially disturbing content featuring videos of all of those who have quit.