'Survival Horror' Haunted House makes you sign 40-page waiver & have insurance, drug test, and a safe word

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2019/10/24/survival-horror-haunted-ho.html


Seems like you just go into a dark room where they literally beat you up until you say your safe word? What a business.


I was watching some of the video…it seems to me to be less a “haunted” house and more a torture house. Which is really vastly different.


It looks like a place where they just put a variety of things in your mouth while in a dark room.

I will pass. If I was that motivated I would be on Grindr or something.


This doesn’t sound “fun,” or “scary;” just needlessly dangerous and stupid.

Sign a huge waiver saying that unknown “actors” may touch me, but I can’t touch them?



Fake drowning, fake chainsaws, fake power drills in the mouth (?!), fake torture, etc, etc…
So you’re paying to be the star of your own torture porn movie? WTF is wrong with people?


The scariest part is the strobe lights, I get a near instant migraine from them. I’d probably end up cranky enough that I’d scare them.


Not paying money directly, but donating dog food. I don’t get it, either.

How I wish I had an answer to that age old question…


Well, something’s got to go in the patron’s mouths…

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So the dogfood goes to a local rescue as a charitable donation and tax write-off, and the owner makes his money through his monetized YT channel, and here’s some free indirect publicity for that channel.

I find that I like this business model. If I were in the haunted house business, I would also make my guests sign a ridiculously threatening waiver, to get them in the right frame of mind. The waiver just sets up the premise that the guest really might not be safe at this one. Sort of a hand-wavy “survival not guaranteed.” Obviously if he harms his customers, no waiver will protect him.


From the linked article:

“I’m a very straight laced conservative guy, but here I run this crazy haunted house that people think is this torture factory, fetish factory. All of these things that it’s not, but people believe that based upon the films that I have made.”


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.”

So, like both the best illusionists and the most cynical con men will tell you, it’s all about the “art of the sell”. You build up expectations and get the mark sufficiently invested in the story, and he’ll create it along with you.
The Harry Potter ride at Universal Studios would just be another roller coaster if they didn’t walk you though the entirety of Hogwarts castle before you reach the actual boarding area.

Here, you have to sit through a 2-hour pre-show, and sign legally pointless waivers, before the weird guy shoves some dollar store dental equipment up your nose, and therefore it becomes a profoundly different experience than if you were to just hook up with a dom on craigslist.

The real genius here is that all the web articles boosting this guys notoriety can in a sense be considered part of this pre-show.


If they hold your hand, who’s touching whom?

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40-page waiver?

I’d be so nervous turning over the 39th page, waiting for a jump-scare.


Also torture you - looks like some (dangerous) variations of water-boarding in the video.

The torture seems to be real at least.



I’d really rather go to a Gwar show.


Call me an anti-capitalist, but I wouldn’t lose any sleep if this business fell flat on its face.


Whatever rings your bells I suppose.

So, for a bag of dog food and a consent agreement, a southern conservative will film himself and his buddies pretending (?) to torture you and post that video to YouTube for money.

Roger that.


I’m already exhausted thinking about it.

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