Dark Tourist: McKamey Manor has audiences terrified - "This is a real-life torture chamber!"

Dark Tourist

We love a good haunted house, but this looks downright insane.

How has your month of Halloween celebrations been?

It's a great time of year for horror fans, consisting of scary movie marathons, creative food, dressing up and decorating. Thankfully, Netflix has delivered the goods this year too...

Besides offering genre enthusiasts the chance to rewatch and tune into some exceptional classics, they've delivered some great new content for us to sink our teeth into. 

With the likes of Eli and In the Tall Grass, there have been some real gems to surface just in time for Halloween, but it's not all about films. Sometimes, nothing is more terrifying than real life, which is why documentaries can be a great go-to too. 

One of the shows we've enjoyed binging over the course of the month is Dark Tourist, which landed on the streaming service back in July.    

Dark Tourist

Dark Tourist: McKamey Manor

For eight exciting episodes, we joined journalist David Farrier as he embarked on a series of adventures which full under the realm of dark tourism. 

Essentially, he visits places likely to unsettle and disturbing, whether that's because of their associations with past events, people, or present horrors. 

They arguably saved the most shocking until last, as our brave guide went out to the notorious McKamey Manor in Summertown, Tennessee. It's widely considered to be the most terrifying haunted house experience in the world. David was so frightened during his time there that he said he could hardly think; he also voiced that he has no idea why anyone would go and do it for fun. 

McKamey Manor's reputation is unparalleled. Check out their 2019 video below:

*WARNING: This video contains disturbing material and is not for the faint-hearted*

A petition has been launched...

As you can tell from the video, this isn't sheet-ghosts and jump-scares. This is something entirely different. 

The video has an equal amount of likes and dislikes, with the top comment reading: "Lol this is not a haunted house. This is literally legalising torture."

The below comment also argues: "McKamey Manor has left the spirit of the haunt behind and has transitioned into torture and abuse. You're not scaring people - you're breaking them. Big difference."

As highlighted by The Tab, those who head there must sign a waiver which is said to include such warnings such as:

• Participants accept they may come in contact with carbon monoxide poisoning

• That injuries may occur, such as a stroke, traumatic brain injury, cerebral haemorrhage, broken or sprained bones and drowning – to name a few.

According to Meaww, a petition has been kickstarted to shut it down. 

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A living nightmare

The same source notes that there is apparently $20,000 up for grabs if you complete it, but nobody has so far, to little surprise. To give an indication of just how immersive this is, the tour can last up to ten hours, is filmed, and even utilises individual fears to make it a scarier and more personal experience. 

Recently, plenty of people have headed over to Twitter to offer their thoughts on it all. 

One tweeted: "I'm up watching videos from the worlds scariest haunted house - Mckamey Manor - and this is not a haunted house this is a real-life TORTURE CHAMBER omg."

Another weighed in: "Idk why but reading and watching things about McKamey Manor is SO intriguing to me and I just read the entire waiver and I can’t comprehend what kind of person would want those things done to them..."

Most have tweeted something along the lines of this argument: "Let’s be clear for a second. McKamey Manor is not a haunted house. It’s a torture chamber." There are plenty of ways to enjoy Halloween - this doesn't look like one of them at all!

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