McKamey Manor in Summertown, Tennessee (south-southwest of Nashville) very well could be the scariest haunted house attraction for Halloween in the United States.
Russ McKamey owns McKamey Manor and it definitely is not for the faint at heart. Visitors are not allowed to attend the manor until they watch a two-hour-long video, sign a 40-page waiver, create a safe word, pass a physical, and more.
The horror house is so extreme, NO ONE has ever successfully completed the experience.
Think you have what it takes to tour the Manor? If you do, it only costs a bag of dog food as Russ has five dogs. And if you complete the tour, Russ will hand you $20,000.
So why wouldn’t you want to do this?
The Manor’s website lists seven must-do items before the tour can begin.
- Be 21 years old or older, or 18-20 with parents approval
- Completed “Sports Physical” and doctor’s letter stating you are physically and mentally cleared
- Pass a background check provided by McKamey Manor
- Be screened via Facebook, Facetime or phone
- Proof of medical insurance
- Sign a detailed 40-page waiver
- Pass a portable drug test on the day of the show
There is also a two-hour movie Russ requires you to watch before visiting the manor. The video, “And Then There Were None,” is a collection of every contestant who attempted McKamey Manor between July 2017 and August 2019.
The video is basically a montage of people quitting the tour, uttering the required phrase: “You really don’t want to do this.”
When it comes to the actual tour, Russ has a list of warnings and rules you need to know:
Intense audio, lighting, extreme low visibility, strobe and fog effects, damp and wet conditions, physically demanding environments, close contact with creatures (you might be touched), very real and graphic scenes of horror. No smoking, drinking, eating, running inside, or touching of props and/or actors. McKamey Manor reserves the right to refuse admission to anyone for any reason. The guest voluntarily assumes all risks/dangers associated with participation in this event.
And one more rule. Cursing is not allowed during the haunted tours.
The manor is so intense that is has been the subject of numerous complaints in Lawrence County. County Commissioner Scott Franks wrote about an incident in which deputies were called to the property after a neighbor saw a woman dragged screaming from a van as part of the experience, saying “Staged or not, this is simply something that none of us want anywhere near us.” District Attorney Brent Cooper said that the program is legal because people are subjecting themselves to it voluntarily, though participants can withdraw their consent at any time according to Tennessee law.
(story note – The picture of the cemetery was used for this story because nearly all of the pictures taken from inside McKamey Manor are too intense to use – bloodly images)