Is this the world’s scariest hotel?

THOUSANDS of people have signed up to a waiting list in an attempt to take on the challenge to last eight hours in the hotel!

Could you spend a night in a hotel that left you tied up, covered in snakes and drenched in blood?

It is a question that an amazing 24,000 people are eager to answer as they wait to try to spend one night in a ‘hotel’ that appears to be from the pages of a horror novel.


McKamey Manor in San Diego, California, has the dubious honour of being named the world’s scariest hotel. It puts Britain’s most haunted place – Yorkshire – into the shade.

A truly interactive experience, visitors travel between four terrifying locations and often find themselves trapped in cages, tied to chairs and awash with ‘blood’.

Visits to the manor are limited to two people at a time but they are filmed so spectators can watch on global webcams as hardy souls take it in turn to attempt to survive up to EIGHT hours in the horror hotel.

It is a challenge that so far NO-ONE has ever completed, but that has not stopped thousands of fans putting their name on a waiting list to give it a go.

Due to its cinematic nature, founder Russ McKamey, 55, and his girlfriend Carol Schultz make sure no two visits are the same.


Thought Russ describes the house as PG-13, family friendly and “like Indiana Jones on steroids,” participants must be at least 21 and have no potentially dangerous medical conditions.

He said: “Nothing is like what we do: It’s like living your own horror movie.

“There are four different locations, which have been streamlined for hardcore fans, determined to make it through.

“I consider the people who take part in these haunts as my friends because I research and spend time with them before they go on the haunt.

“Everything is very interactive: the experience – and challenges – are to prove what you can and can’t do.”

The theme changes every year and participants have been tied, had their heads forced into a cage of snakes, eaten rotten eggs and even been gagged.

The whole project is run free-of-charge by Russ, who came up with the idea for the experience more than 14 years ago.

Running year-round, the haunt, though it has been described as the “world’s scariest,” is more about smoke and mirrors, Russ said.

A fan of such horror movies as Psycho, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and The House On Haunted Hill, Russ, 55, said that the experience has been known to make grown men cry – each guest has to sign a waiver before going ahead with the haunt.

It has been reported that Russ and his girfriend, Carol Schultz, have spend more than £300,000 to make McKamey the scariest experience on Earth.

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