by Brianny Martinez
At the McKamey Manor in San Diego, people pay to be kidnapped, bound, masked, held under water, and slapped over a 4-8 hour tour. You must even sign a waiver as proof of your consent prior to entering the manor. This haunted house is nothing like the horror attractions at Universal Studio’s Halloween Horror Nights or Knott’s Scary Farm, here, the actors are allowed to become physical. Truly interactive, the experience has been described as a real-life horror movie because the visitors travel between four locations and the entire experience is filmed. The manor hosts a handful of guests each weekend challenging them to last the 8 hour tour; however, most people quit within the first 20 minutes.
The theme of the haunted house changes every year and it is generally inspired by horror movies such as the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Running year-round, the manor has even been described as the “world’s scariest”. You can watch the disturbing videos of people in the manor whimpering and begging for the terrorizing to stop on YouTube. These videos fuel the buzz surrounding the haunted house as there are apparently thousands of people on the waiting list. The half dozen actors of the McKamey Manor, who originally came as guests, decided to become the creators of your nightmare through sheer terror, force feeding you, shouting in your face, shutting you in small boxes and much more.
Most people who choose to experience the horrific manor, say they have sustained minor psychological damage. For example, some people say the manor gave them actual nightmares because they did not decide when to quit soon enough. Quitting at all can be a problem when you are bound, and forced to eat your own vomit. The manor generates fear, anxiety, and even revulsion. Though many people deem the manor sadistic and psychopathic, the owner of the establishment, Russ McKamey, claims it is merely a theatrical performance.