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A Haunted House Has Gone Viral For Its ‘Extreme Torture’ And People Want It Shut Down

A haunted house that lasts 10 hours has sparked public outcry with 63,000 people signing a petition to have it shut down. McKamey Manor is a massive estate that stretches across two states, Summertown Tennessee to Hunstville, Alabama. 

The attraction has garnered national interest because of its extreme conditions that require attendees to sign a 50-page waiver. The petition calls McKamey a “torture chamber” where patrons are subjected to cruel behaviors that allegedly include getting a tattoo or having fingernails pulled off. 

No one has ever completed the entire tour — the first winner has been promised a $20,000 reward by the owner Russ McKamey. 

“Not your typical ‘Boo’ Haunted House. You’ve been warned!”

The manor’s website provides a disclaimer to customers, “Not your typical ‘Boo’ Haunted House. You’ve been warned!” According to the website you can expect that actors will touch visitors however, visitors cannot touch the actors.  But this just the beginning of the nightmare. 

An employee, Kris Smith gave up on his first try after reading the waiver. In his second and third attempts, Smith quit after being buried alive in a coffin and then after having a panic attack during hypnotism. 

“I read it and I quit,” Smith told the Associated Press. “I got to the last page and turned around and went home…. There’s so much. You have to pull out your own teeth, there’s a chance of getting a tattoo, a chance of your fingernails getting pulled out. It’s really overwhelming. There’s a chance of death. Accidents do happen.” 

A petition accuses McKamey Manor of exploitation.

Change.org petition demands that Tennesee and Alabama state senates permanently close the manor’s doors. It claims it is a “torture chamber” that “uses loopholes to get out of being arrested.” 

“They do screenings to find the weakest, most easily manipulated people to do the ‘haunt’… McKamey Manor is a shame to all haunted houses, and needs to be shut down,” the petition reads. 

The petition founder, Frankie Towery says patrons are often waterboarded, forced to eat things, and have allegedly been injected with hallucinogenic drugs. 

“Some people have had to seek professional psychiatric help and medical care for extensive injuries. I propose that all locations where this is happening be shut down immediately,” the petition reads. 

Russ McKamey defends “torture chamber” haunted house. 

McKamey claims that because attendees are under hypnosis the things they tell authorities never really happened, it was all in their heads.

“When I use the hypnosis I can put you in a kitty pool with a couple inches of water and tell you there’s a great white shark in there, and you’re gonna think there’s a shark in there,” he said. “And so, when you have that kind of power over people, and have them do and see things that you want them to see, then they can leave here thinking it really happened, and they’ll go to the authorities and say, ‘oh, whatever,’ and I have to come back and show the footage and say, ‘it didn’t go that way at all.’ It’s saved me a thousand times.”

McKamey says he has never even tried alcohol, drugs, or cigarettes even once. He films all of the guests and uploads their humiliations onto YouTube for them to see. 

“You’d be surprised over the years how many people have claimed something happened to them inside,” McKamey told WFLA. “And I need to go back and show whoever needs to see it the raw and unedited footage, saying ‘here ya go, here’s the complete show.’

There is no swearing, drugs or alcohol allowed in the manor according to McKamey. 

“More of an inside little joke — that the manor is the most extreme haunt in the world but there’s no cussing involved,” he said. 

McKamey has strict health requirements for patrons. 

The haunted house also a comprehensive background check process and health warning.

“You must be in EXCELLENT HEALTH to participate in the EXTREME tour. You will incur VERY physically and mentally demanding environments. Make sure to follow the rules. YOU MUST READ the WARNING page and sign the WAIVER FORM before you enter the haunt,” the website reads. “DO NOT ATTEND if you have medical conditions that might cause you an injury… DO NOT enter our haunt if you are prone to seizures or if you have ANY kind of respiratory conditions, especially asthma, or heart conditions. Do not enter if you have broken bones, casts or are pregnant.”

A requirement of the haunted house is that all patrons be at least 21 and have a completed “sports physical” and clearance from doctors that they are both physically and mentally healthy. They must also have proof of medical insurance. 

The cost of admission to McKamey Manor is only a bag of dog food and possibly your sanity.

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