World’s Scariest Haunted House Offering $20,000 To Anyone Who Can Get Through It

A haunted house in Tennessee claims that it’s so scary, they’ll pay anyone who manages to get all the way through it $20,000. Many have tried, but so far, every single person has failed. What’s going on at this place?!

  1. It’s all going down in Tennessee. The experience, headed up by Russ McKamey, takes place in Summertown, Tennessee. McKamey Manor is described as more of a “mental game” than anything else, and it’s so scarring that he’s yet to find anyone strong enough to make it all the way through. Yikes!
  2. There are certain requirements you have to meet to be able to participate. While the torturous experience only costs a bag of food for McKamey’s dog, you do have to meet a number of criteria before he’ll let you begin.
  3. You must be 21 or older and fit. You can join if you’re between 18-20 but you’ll need a parent’s approval before McKamey will allow it. Yes, even though 18-year-olds are officially adults. You also have to pass a “sports physical” and get a letter from your doctor stating that you’re physically and mentally fit for such an intense experience.
  4. But wait, it gets even more intense. You also have to be screened by McKamey himself via FaceTime, sign a 40-page waiver, pass a drug test on the day of the experience, show proof of medical insurance, and pass a background check. Whew!
  5. You’ll also be reminded of others’ failures. All participants who meet the above requirements will also have to watch a two-hour video full of all the people who have tried and failed to make it through McKamey Manor. It’s called “And Then There Were None” and you can even watch it on YouTube.
  6. All rules are out the window. While at most haunted houses, you can rest assured that no one is going to be able to touch you in any way, that’s not the case at McKamey Manor. In fact, he promises that participants will be exposed to “wet conditions, physically demanding environments, close contact with creatures and very real and graphic scenes of horror.” Not only that, but when the people running the show DO touch you, you can’t touch them back. You also aren’t allowed to use profanity, drink, smoke, run, eat, or touch the props, according to Fox 13.
  7. The experience can take more than 10 hours to complete. While you can choose to go in with a friend or partner, the solo experience, called ‘Desolation,’ takes around 10 hours and moves participants between various locations, even to another state if you manage to make it that far.
  8. You really don’t want to do this. That’s the refrain repeated by many people in the “And Then There Were None” video, and they’re probably right. Considering my anxiety levels are up just talking about this, I think I’ll take a pass. $20,000 just isn’t worth my mental and emotional well-being.

Jennifer Still is a writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience. The managing editor of Bolde, she has bylines in Vanity Fair, Business Insider, The New York Times, Glamour, Bon Appetit, and many more. You can follow her on Twitter @jenniferlstill