Anyone who is looking for a truly extreme haunted house experience should add McKamey Manor to their bucket list. This might just be the world's scariest haunted house, and it's almost certain to leave you psychologically and physically battered. Originally located in San Diego, CA, the McKamey Manor haunted house can now be found in locations like Huntsville, AL, and Nashville, TN. Whichever spot you choose, you should be prepared to descend into a living nightmare.
You may have heard urban legends about intense haunted houses that seem to last forever, discouraging even the most hardened of horror enthusiasts. McKamey Manor firsthand accounts make it clear this legend has come to life. This experience is so intense that you have to sign a detailed waiver to get in, and you should expect to encounter horror and grotesque scenarios inside. Sure, you'll be traumatized, but you'll get a creepy story you can tell forever about being one of the few people who dared spend eight hours in a haunted house with no rules.
Only people who make it through McKamey's extensive screening process receive a copy of its legal wavier. Some sites claim to have copies of the waiver, though, and an examination of its contents have led people to question its legality.
There are many stipulations attendees must agree to, including allowing McKamey Manor's actors to physically and emotionally abuse them. Participants also agree not to touch or harm the actors, no matter what they're dishing out. Perhaps most disturbingly, the waiver requires signers to acknowledge they may end up with broken fingers or even be buried alive. And, the kicker: they're required to waive all rights to sue, even if the experience kills them.
Do cockroaches freak you out? Are you arachnophobic? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you probably shouldn't get on the McKamey Manor waitlist. Previous haunt participants have faced tarantulas and cockroaches while locked into a coffin. Even worse, an unknown gas pumps into the coffin while participants attempt to keep their fears and the critters at bay.
As the site's waiver points out, all of this takes place buried under 12 feet of dirt and rocks. The waiver has another nasty reveal: the tarantulas and other animals are poisonous, and it's up to attendees to protect themselves from getting bitten by not making any sudden moves.
People frequently lose control of their bodies when they're truly frightened. Usually the only consequences associated with this are embarrassment and having to leave without seeing the entire haunt. As with everything else, though, McKamey Manor sees these instances as a way to further torment attendees.
Namely, anyone who throws up runs the risk of being forcibly fed their own vomit.
There are a variety of horrific encounters attendees can be chosen for, according to McKamey Manor's waiver. For example, you might find yourself submerged in a 60-foot pool of water without a breathing apparatus. There's also an insane plank walking stunt that puts people 25 feet above the ground without a safety net or harness. Attendees might be forced to drink their own vomit, or come into direct contact with raw sewage.
Despite everything that's known about McKamey Manor, it's still impossible to predict the content of each experience. That's because they change it every time.