Are you looking for a Halloween Haunt, or maybe you just want to get your adrenaline pumping? Unless your definition of excitement includes the re-enactment of a Criminal Minds episode, with you as the victim, you should probably pass on McKamey Manor.
With the help of technology and some very twisted story lines, filmmakers have been producing extraordinarily scary and realistic horror films.
As a result, we are all, to some extent, desensitized to experiencing horror.
There is a difference between watching a horror show and playing the victim in an unscripted horror show — a very big difference.
It’s a difference that most people don’t realize; unless of course they are unfortunate enough to win the McKamey Manor lottery.
Allow me to explain a bit about McKamey Manor. The owners advertise it as an “extreme haunt experience,” where you “live out your own horror movie” … and they aren’t kidding.
The current experience lasts between four and seven hours, and begins with the ‘kidnapping’ of the lucky participant.
When the participant, let’s call him Victim One, arrives, the horror show begins.
During the experience it would not be unusual for victim one to experience any of the following: being bound, gagged (especially if Victim One is a screamer), covered in fake blood, locked in a coffin with a monster, placed in a head cage with what appear to be snakes, forced to eat disgusting things or physically attacked by monsters.
All this and much more occur in the dimly lit, bloody and frankly, creepy environment that is the Manor … and it goes on for hours. Not turned off yet?
The experience is so physically demanding that before you allow these people to physically and emotionally abuse you, in order to participate there is a waiver that you must sign. Additionally, there is no safe word.
Indeed, once you begin, you are powerless in stopping the experience.
The only way it stops early is if Mr. McKamey feels you are either physically or emotionally unable to complete the experience.
When the goal of an experience is to scare you half to death, bring you to tears and break you, and lack of time limit and participant vocalization, I have to wonder whether the victim really understands what he or she has signed up for.
It seems to me that potential participants don’t realize the very real difference between seeing realistic horror in thesafety of their own home and experiencing hours of torture in a dark and scary place.
Interestingly, the participants need not pay to attend the McKamey Manor, they only need to make a donation of dog food, to feed the owner’s passion for dogs and pet care. Makes me wonder.