“This is an audience participation event in which you live your own horror movie.”-Russ McKamey
All true geniuses are a little strange, slightly demented, widely misunderstood and, dear readers, we here at Detroit’s JobbieCrew believe that Russ McKamey is a true genius.
McKamey, a 58-year-old U.S. Navy vet, opened his first McKamey Manor in his backyard (11263 Almazon St, San Diego, CA) over a decade ago.
That location recently closed and he re-opened in the South.
McKamey Manor now encompasses an 8-36 hour “survival” haunt that starts in Summertown, Tennessee, goes up thru the Caedis Silvis (“Murder in the Woods”) in Nashville and ends down at an undisclosed location in Huntsville, Alabama.
This is about as extreme as haunted houses get. Full contact, totally immersive, no holds barred.
Participants must sign a 40-page waiver and undergo screening to be admitted.
Some of McKamey’s rules:
1. 21 and above, or 18-20 with parents approval.
2. Doctors letter stating you are physically and mentally cleared to participate.
3. Pass a background check provided by MM.
4. Be screened via FB face time or phone.
5. Proof of medical insurance.
6. Sign a detailed 40 page waiver.
7. Pass a portable drug test on the day of the show.
99.9% who enter leave half-way thru or sooner. You undergo hours of torture and terror, physical and mental assault.
The experience usually goes like this:
Some 21+ up “victims” are sent to a pickup location. A pair of masked henchmen abduct, bind and gag them.
You’re then whisked thru a series of “haunts” until the grand finale of McKamey Manor.
Forced feeding, waterboarding, puking, slapping, torturing, being locked in a coffin with live tarantulas and cockroaches, being forced to eat your own vomit, being submerged in an 8-foot tank of eel-infested water, etc.
The craziest part of all is that McKamey Manor has a 30,000+ person wait-list! The haunt is year-round and they only do one performance per week.
The new McKamey experience is described by Russ as “Interactive Survival Horror Theater” and they have new additions of ‘Resurrection‘ and ‘Holly’s Playhouse‘, which sounds innocent but most likely is not.
“If you want to have a simulated drowning experience, this is where you want to come to.”-Russ McKamey
Before you decide to signup for McKamey, watch the 2014 found footage horror movie ‘The Houses October Built‘ about friends on a roadtrip searching for the most extreme haunted house.
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