The Monster Inside: America’s Most Extreme Haunted House documentary on Hulu started streaming on Oct. 12, 2023. And if you’ve watched it, you know just how horrific this haunted house is. Personally, it’s very hard to wrap my head around what would cause people to voluntarily take part in such an extreme horror-filled haunted house. The Hulu doc does explain that though.
The haunted house from Monster Inside: America’s Most Extreme Haunted House is known as McKamey Manor. The attraction currently has two locations – Summertown, Tennessee and Huntsville, Alabama. It was first founded by Russ McKamey in San Diego in 2001, before being moved to Tennessee in 2017. According to Country & Living, the main part takes place in Tennessee, with the Alabama location serving as a second place McKamey takes participants to if they “survive long enough.” Whatever that means.
The horror attraction is meant to give people the experience of actually being in a horror film. But honestly even though this is voluntary, the things they do are crazy. Operating year-round, tours through the house can go up to eight hours and participants could experience broken bones, extracted teeth, and psychological trauma. You have to sign a 40-page waiver and it only runs on the weekend. Visitors going through it all can use a safe word if they want to stop immediately. Though according to the Hulu trailer, one past visitor’s experience didn’t stop right away after she said her safe word.
So what’s the reason some people do this? One of them is the $20,000 cash prize if you complete the whole tour. But since it started, no one has ever finished the tour completely. Even with how extreme it is, the attraction has gained a cult following, and has people on waiting lists. So what is the Hulu film about? Read on below to find out.
What is the Monster Inside: America’s Most Extreme Haunted House documentary on Hulu about?
If you haven’t watched the doc, you might be wondering what to expect. It features three people who have gone through the experience themselves, and they’ve come to the realization that McKamey is a “manipulative abuser,” per Hulu. The founder also records everyone who takes part in the tour, so there’s plenty of footage. And while Hulu had access to it, they didn’t to McKamey himself since he declined to be a part of it.
The film explores his background as a Navy veteran turned “master of horror,” per the synopsis. He first started the haunted house to show his love for Halloween. But the founder quickly realized that as it grew in popularity, he could grow how far he could go as well, getting a cult-like following as well. And there’s still people willing to do it. The documentary focuses on the three people who found the “will to fight back,” as well as dives into the reasons why anyone would voluntarily go through such a horrific experience.
Per Hulu, the world of immersive horror has people who are outsiders and misfits, trying to find ways to overcome their trauma. If you want to see another documentary about McKamey Manor, there’s Haunters: The Art of the Scare currently available to watch for free on YouTube, Netflix has its own take on the story with the series Dark Tourist.
Monster Inside: America’s Most Extreme Haunted House is now streaming on Hulu.