The McKamey Manor haunted house is not for the faint of heart. A haunted tour experience, which spans two states and lasts up to 10 hours, promises a unique experience based on the attendee’s personal fears. The website bills it “as an audience participation event in which (YOU) will live your own Horror Movie.” Owner Russ McKamey offers $20,000 to anyone who completes the tour, but says no one ever has.
McKamey Manor has been featured on two different Netflix series that explore scary and haunted experiences. Guests have come from all 50 states across the U.S., as well as Europe and Kuwait. McKamey records a video of each experience and shares the videos on his YouTube channel, which has thousands of subscribers. The experience is apparently so realistic that neighbors of McKamey Manor have called the police, thinking someone was actually in trouble.
There are some qualifications customers must meet before being allowed to participate in the haunted tour. Participants must be 21 or older (18-20 with parents approval), must pass a sports physical and have a doctor’s letter stating physical and mental fitness, must pass a background check, must pass a drug test, and must provide proof of medical insurance.
After these requirements have been met, the participant must then read and fill out a detailed 40-page waiver. The waiver details all the physically painful and grotesque things that could happen to the participant during the tour. According to the website, the waiver process alone takes three to four hours.
The participant must also watch a two-hour-long video of past visitors’ experiences and come up with a safeword prior to the event. Participants are allowed to quit if they cannot take it. The price of admission – a bag of dog food for McKamey’s dogs.