It’s the haunted house that requires a screening process and a 40-page waiver before you enter the experience. Founded by filmmaker Russ McKamey, the namesake McKamey Manor, situated in Summertown, Tennessee, has long had a reputation for its torturous ordeal. For those brave enough to face the controversial house, participants are faced with physical and psychological abuse that leaves its victims bloodied and terrified. There is said to be no “safe word” and the experience can last up to eight hours – though no one has made it that far. In the lead up to Halloween next week, the owner is now offering up $20,000 USD to anyone who can finish an entirely new experience.
Released on Tuesday, the makers behind McKamey Manor have launched a ‘Desolation’ tour. This is not for the faint-hearted and guests are warned against participating. The entire experience is also filmed by McKamey, who told WFLA this week that “nobody’s even made it to the starting clock with this new show.”
“With the new mental game, it’s much more difficult,” he said.
In a bizarre set of circumstances, the tour is free and only asks for dog food as payment. Additionally the website reads: “Each tour will be different based upon your personal fears, and can last up to 10 HOURS. Each guest will be mentally and physically challenged until you reach your personal breaking point.” It adds that “you will be tested to your very core.”
So are you up for the challenge?