“Extreme haunted” house offers $20,000 prize money

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“Extreme haunted” house offers $20,000 prize money

Ella Brady, Editor

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In order to enter McKamey Manor, located in Summertown, Tenn., contestants have to sign a 40-page waiver before subjecting themselves to 10 hours of psychological torture.  Participants have to complete a sports physical, provide a doctor’s letter stating they are physically and mentally cleared, prove they have medical insurance, must pass a drug test on the day of the show, and a background check.   The draw?  A $20,000 prize for completing the haunted experience.

However, this is not your typical haunted house.  Often compared to a “torture chamber in disguise”, survivors have endured things like being buried alive, forced underwater, and getting duct tape wrapped around their heads.  Several participants have needed extensive mental healthcare after leaving the house.

Instead of paying an entry fee, contestants bring a bag of dog food to give to the dog of the owner, Russ McKamey.  They have to then watch a two-hour warning video before beginning the 10-hour tour.  Participants can choose to go on the tour solo, called “Desolation,” or bring a friend to compete as a pair.

Much to no one’s surprise, McKamey Manor has received a petition to close.  The organizer of the petition, Frankie Towry, which has garnered over 76,000 signatures, claims “It’s literally just a kidnapping and torture house. Some people have had to seek professional psychiatric help and medical care for extensive injuries.”

Since it’s opening, no one has been able to survive the house.  The San Diego location permanently closed in 2018, but Russ McKamey stated he has no intention of closing Tennessee anytime soon.

You can check out the petition here: https://www.change.org/p/tennessee-state-senate-shut-down-mckamey-manor