Warning the video depicts real encounters from the McKamey Manor. Some scenes are graphic in nature.
With Halloween right around the corner, many people may look to haunted houses for a frightfully good time. However, some are left wondering if a few “haunted houses” are taking it too far. McKamey Manor, which is billed as one of the “most extreme” haunted houses in the United States, has a waiting list of over 17,000 people who are hoping to have a chance of entering what is best described as “living a horror movie.”
McKamey Manor has been featured on Travel Channel’s Making Monsters and Halloween’s Craziest due to its unconventional nature. All participants must be 21 years of age or older to enter the manor, and they must sign a waiver releasing McKamey Manor from all liability. Participants are screened physically and mentally before they enter the attraction, but many of the tours are cut short due to medical reasons.
The attraction is not typical. In fact, it teeters on the border of legality in many people’s eyes. Is it okay to mentally and even physically abuse individuals if they sign a waiver? Is there a limit to what should be legally acceptable? In the video, we see a watered down version of what happens in the McKamey Manor. Frequently people can be seen being held against their will, hit, punched, bound, and gagged. The “experience,” unlike standard 20 to 30 minute spook houses, can last anywhere from four to six hours. To make the experience even more unnerving, individuals must go through whole ordeal alone or with one other person. Groups larger than two are not allowed.
You heard me correctly, the McKamey Manor “haunted house” experience lasts around four hours for each participant, and they must do it alone or with one other person. The experience is described as both mentally and physically exhausting. Though the house already had a low “success” rate — that is, the number of people able to complete the entire experience — the owners decided to up the ante and do an “experiment” to see exactly how much a participant could handle. Sadly for the first few groups, it appears the experience was too intense. Not a single group was able to make it through the entire journey without quitting.
At the end of the “experience,” you can see participants are physically injured with numerous scraps, cuts, and bruises. Participants can also be seen shivering and in “shock” from the whole ordeal. This has left many wondering why anyone would knowingly put themselves through this and how exactly it is legal? Is this a good way for people to confront their fears, or is this a sick person who gets kicks out of torturing people who has found a legal loophole to do so?
McKamey Manor isn’t the only one jumping on the “extreme” haunted house bandwagon either. BlackOut in New York is known for its extreme measures to bring fear to those entering. In fact, some of the actions borderline sexual assault. In past years, patrons have ended up half-naked, bound, and gagged, standing opposite a highway in full view of the world. There is even a safety word for those who can’t take it and want out, according to Fox News.
If you are looking for a less extreme scare, try walking through the streets of Wasco, California, at night. Terrifying clowns are roaming the cities streets at night with balloons.
What do you think? Would you enter the McKamey Manor?