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What Actually Happens During A Nightmarish Eight-Hour Stay In McKamey Manor

Updated November 22, 2019 175.2k votes 36.7k voters 3.3m views19 items

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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 shaking. 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 that, like abduction experiences, could stay with you far longer than you can handle the house. Unlike a stay at a haunted hotel where you might run into a ghost, you will definitely face horrifying things during your McKamey Manor experience. 

You may have heard many stories about visiting intense haunted houses, like the Winchester Mystery House, 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 have a creepy experience you can share forever about being one of the few people who survived a real-life horror story.

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    There Are Disgusting Consequences For Getting Sick

    People frequently lose control of their functions 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.

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    Attendees Sign An Extensive Waiver That Makes Everything Legal

    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 .

    As with other extreme haunted houses, there are many stipulations attendees must agree to, including allowing McKamey Manor's actors to physically and emotionally harm 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 experience getting buried alive . And, the kicker: they're required to waive all rights to sue, which makes people wonder if you can really succumb to from fear.

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    Attendees Have Their Faces Held In Water

    Imagine your hands are bound, you're on your knees, and someone shoves your face into disgusting, foul-smelling water. They hold you down for a few seconds before pulling your head up and dunking it again. Reporters for The Guardian witnessed this in action at McKamey Manor in 2015.

    Haunt survivor Amy Milligan alleges the site's videos purposefully avoid showing the most physically and psychologically damaging moments. Milligan claims she was held under water repeatedly and subjected to the laughter of employees who ignored her pleas for help. Haunt owner Russ McKamey admits that visitors often want to experience what drowning does to your body.

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    Attendees Are Locked Into Coffins Filled With Insects And Spiders

    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.

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