Are you the type of person who has no detectable phobia and laughs at hometown haunted houses? Could you survive a slasher movie without blinking an eye? Are you willing to go through up to 7 hours of what some would call the most intense experience of a lifetime just for a rush of adrenaline? If so, there is only one place in the world to satisfy you. We journey now to a suburb in San Diego, California.
McKamey Manor is endearingly described as the world’s most extreme haunted attraction. During the experience, you can be tied up, gagged, blindfolded, force-fed, put in a head cage full of snakes (including boa constrictors), and much, much more. And all for the low price of four cans or one bag of dog food, which is donated to Operation Greyhound. Now, before you start planning your next vacation there are a few rules. You must be 21 years old, sign a waiver, mentally and physically sound, and sober to even enter the premises. And that’s just if you’re willing to stay on a waiting list of over 24,000 people.
If you are like me, you’re probably wondering who on earth owns such an establishment and what is going on in their psyche. And so, I went on a quest for answers. I didn’t think that the owner of such a place would be an entertainer as well. But my quest led me to Russ McKamey, a wedding DJ with an interesting hobby; making the toughest of the tough (yes, I’m talking about Marines) go into fetal position from sheer terror.
Because of guest experiences like these, critics, who McKamey refers to as haters, make the accusations of sadism or even illegal activity. “That’s what cracks me up,” McKamey stated, “Everyone thinks I’m some crazy guy, and that bothers me a little. Cause they say some really ugly things and I’m the absolute, complete opposite. I’m the most protective-of-people kind of guy you’ll ever meet. The haters say some really ugly things and that hurts but there’s nothing I can do about it.”
Safety is a top priority at McKamey Manor but this by no means makes it easy to get through. “I couldn’t get through it,” McKamey said, “I tell people ‘You don’t want this’ but that makes them want to come even more.” When asked if anyone had lasted a personalized tour (seven hours), he just laughed and said, “Not even close.” At the end of 2014, McKamey stated that he would make things a bit easier for potential guests. “I have some amazing props and sets that nobody sees because they’re going out of their minds. Sorry, but it has to be done.” Easier, however, doesn’t guarantee lasting the entirety.
We can definitely expect more scares and gore in the near future and McKamey is ecstatic. “I wish I could tell you just what I have planned but what would the fun be in that?” he stated, grinning. We are just going to have to watch the mckamera channel on YouTube to see what it is that he has planned.