McKamey Manor Halloween horror where you may be buried alive – Yahoo7 News

Posted in Tattoo Nightmares on Nov 03, 2019

WARNING DISTRESSING CONTENT: Halloween haunted house experiences in the US have been accused of going too far with willing participants subjected to kidnapping, being buried alive and even school shooting scenarios, as thrill seekers search of the ultimate scare.

One haunted house visitor in Ohio, Haley Jones, was left unnerved when an actor at Haunted Hydro drew on her face with a Sharpie and rubbed a spit-covered toy on her face recently.

Besides unwanted physical contact, plot lines can also cross a line, such as the recent experience atNightmare Vermont, which opened with an allusion to a school shooting, which opened with an allusion to a school shooting.

The plot was similar to a terrifying real-life incident that occurred in 2018 when Jack Sawyer was arrested for allegedly planning to bring a firearm to Fair Haven Union High School and commit mass harm.

Brooke Olsen-Farrell, Slate Valley Unified Union School District superintendent, complained about the scene, which has since been removed from the show.

Olsen-Farrell tells Yahoo Lifestyle that the incident "had a lasting impact on the community," and that the "plot line surrounding Nightmare Vermont has been a disappointing setback in the healing process for our community."

Participants at McKamey Manor must sign a contract to experience hours of psychological torture in order to win money. Source: Facebook/Mckamey Manor

Frank T McAndrew, a Professor of Psychology at Knox College, tells Yahoo Lifestyle that, while the Nightmare Vermont plot is in poor taste, he does not expect such a storyline or the physical interaction that Jones experienced to lead to lingering trauma, especially since participants visited the haunted house willingly.

Some extreme thrill-seekers have found themselves signing a 40-page contract to (hopefully) experience 10 hours of psychological torture in order to win $28,000 atMcKamey Manor.

However, not a single visitor of McKamey Manor in Tennessee has completed the tour without calling it quits with the required safe word.

Someonline communitiesquestion whether the prize money even really exists, or if McKamey Manor is just banking on torturing people to the breaking point every time.

Not a single visitor of McKamey Manor has completed the tour without calling it quits. Source: McKamey Manor

The owner and operator of McKamey Manor, Russ McKamey, describes himself as a "happy-go-lucky kind of guy."

He's charming and affable, but he also runs what is widely considered the world's scariest haunted house, where survivors are chained, buried alive, or are forced to face other types of torture in the "survival horror" haunt.

"The big misconception about me is Im this crazy, psycho guy when in reality Im a super conservative guy," McKamey tells Yahoo Lifestyle, adding that he doesnt even use swear words.

If a survivor does use profanity inside the attraction, which would be hard to avoid if they were upside down in a cage surrounded by moray eels an experience at McKamey Manor then $725 would be deducted from their theoretically potential prize of $28,000.

According to McKamey, the Manor has been around, in one form or another, for 40 years, but he estimates it wasn't until around 2010 that it really started to take off when he moved the attraction from San Diego to Tennessee.

"It escalated to all this craziness. It progressed to what it is now, McKamey says.

Participants are interviewed about their fears and phobias to gather information for the personalised haunted house. Source: Mckamey Manor

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McKamey estimates he has put more than a million dollars into the Manor and to visit, people only have to pay by bringing a bag of dog food, given to his five rescue dogs or the local shelter.

"I'm not a very good businessman," McKamey jokes.

McKamey estimates over 27,000 people are currently on the waiting list, with the number growing as the attraction gains in popularity.

There aren't that many chances to experience the show, as McKamey puts on just one show each week due to the "demanding" nature of the performance.

The vetting process is also incredibly intense, according to McKamey.

Along with completing a physical examination, providing a doctor's letter stating you are physically and mentally cleared, proving you have medical insurance, and passing a drug test on the day of the show, a contestant must pass a background check.

"I need people who have good common sense... people that know that this is a game and its not worth getting hurt over," McKamey tells Yahoo Lifestyle.

The participant is also interviewed about their lives, fears, and phobias and family members and friends are contacted to gather information.

"Theyre all willing to rat them out. Then you just customise it from there. Its a piece of cake from that point," McKamey explains.

Contestants must sign a 40-page waiver, which, according to aleaked portion of the alleged waiver, includes agreeing that the tour "may include the use of hypodermic needles, zappers, Tasers, or dog shock collars" that a "nail may pierce their hand," or that the "nails may be removed from their nail beds."

Participants who sign the contract even agree to possibly receive a tattoo, and that they may "have a tooth extracted without Novocain."

"Nobody is ever going to win a penny, because the Manor is always going to win," McKamey says, adding that at least 10,000 people have tried and failed to complete the tour.

Yet, people continue to consent to whatsome online criticscall "legal torture".

Contestants must sign a 40-page waiver which includes agreeing to "nails may be removed from their nail beds." Source: Facebook/Mckamey Manor

Although questionable, everything that occurs at McKamey Manor is legal, according to Tennessees district attorney general, Brent A. Cooper.

Its legal because basically the people that are subjecting themselves to the McKamey program, or whatever you want to call it theyre doing so voluntarily, Cooper, who did not respond to Yahoo Lifestyles requests for comment, told the Nashville Scene.

McKamey films and shares every show in a privateFacebook group, in which McKamey or a volunteer vets members before being accepted.

The videos are for both viewers online and to protect himself in court should a participant say something happened that did not occur.

The graphic videos are difficult to watch. In one a contestant, appearing utterly terrified, says the words as wet mud is poured over him as he is being "buried alive."

The experience itself is extremely toll-taking, according to McKamey.

"Youre going to be inside an incinerator where theres fire surrounding you. If you breathe, youre going to burn your lungs you could actually die," McKamey says.

He adds that contestants may need to traverse an underwater haunted house, with Ralphie, a caiman, which he describes as a smaller alligator with razor-sharp teeth, who likes to bite. Ralphie is accompanied by snapping turtles and water moccasins, a type of venomous snake.

"[The water moccasins,] theyre the least of your worries. They dont go after you, but the turtles, Ralphie, they will," McKamey says.

The owner of Mckamey Manor said participants 'can actually die' during the tour. Source: Facebook/Mckamey Manor

McKamey, who has a fear of spiders, snakes, and small spaces, admits that this may be his way of working through his fears, but he's glad when contestants, who are allowed to opt out of two things written in the contract, choose to avoid the "creepy crawlies."

"All the things I dont like, youre going to find inside. All the things that scare me, youre going to have to deal with yourself."

According to McAndrew, so long as the safe word is respected, possibly not much.

"The fact that they have a 'safe word' that gives them a way out, McAndrew tells Yahoo Lifestyle.

It lets them know that they can escape at any time, which would take away some of the most extreme terror that might be experienced under these circumstances.

People who would be most vulnerable to this would not sign up for such a thing in the first place.

The trauma would come from being subjected to this without having any control

However, some past participants disagree.

In 2015, Amy Milligan said that her experience at the Manors older location, which has since been closed, was traumatic.

Milligan claims that she was waterboarded and said she thought she was going to die.

McKamey refuted Milligans claims. Yahoo Lifestyle was unable to locate Milligan for comment.

In 2016, Laura Hertz Brotherton, who declined to comment to Yahoo Lifestyle, voiced a similar story.

I was waterboarded, I was Tased, I was whipped, I still have scars of everything they did to me she told the Nashville Scene.

Brotherton went on to claim that she was blindfolded with duct tape and held underwater for so long her body started to thrash involuntarily.

According to Brotherton, she repeated the safe word for several minutes before the experience ended.

Others walk away feeling that it was precisely the experience they signed up for.

"[McKamey] only brought what I asked for... He offers true fear and delivers," Jay Jahner wrote on Facebook.

"I had an absolute blast being pushed as far as I was."

YouTube viewers regularly leave comments describing McKamey as sadistic and questioning the safety of the Manor.

To the very vocal critics, McKamey says, "Take the tour and despite telling Yahoo that participants could die during the tour, he refers to the tour as fun.

"The reality is that it is all a game, he says. It is real what youre doing, but everyone is perfectly safe.

And he insists business is booming.

We have multiple people coming back because its a fun experience."

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