Haunted or Hunted?

I remember, back when I was in middle school, hearing about a haunted attraction that was thirteen stories high. Supposedly if you made it all the way up to the 13th floor, you would win thousands of dollars for braving the entire experience. Surely an urban legend, but definitely an intriguing one to the young me.

Well, now that myth might have come true in the Tennessee haunt McKamey Manor. If you complete it, you will receive $20,000. And nope! I am NOT going. Ever.

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The owner tailors each extreme-horror experience to the fears of the attendee, using methods such as hypnosis, water, insects, claustrophobic spaces, verbal abuse, suffocation, and bondage. He films each session–some of which last up to 8 hours!–to cover himself when people sue him later (it happens a lot).

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You may recall this haunt from the documentary Haunters: Art of the Scare, which features an interview with the owner and clips of clients screaming, crying, puking, and pleading for the madness to stop.

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Peculiar admission details for McKamey Manor include its free-of-cost entry, selective pre-screening process by the owner via phone or video chat, and the required doctor’s note vouching that the candidate is in good physical and mental health (at least beforehand, ha).

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People (un)lucky enough to be invited to the Manor also have to sign a 40-page waiver, pass a drug test, and watch a 2-hour warning video on the day they attend. Oh, and clients may not curse during the event. Good luck with that!


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