The Haunted House That Requires A Doctor’s Note & 40 Page Waiver
Marc Gordon - November 7, 2019

It Couldn't Be Done

By Edgar Guest

Somebody said that it couldn't be done But he with a chuckle replied That "maybe it couldn't," but he would be one Who wouldn't say so till he'd tried. So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin On his face. If he worried he hid it. He started to sing as he tackled the thing That couldn't be done, and he did it!

Somebody scoffed: "Oh, you'll never do that; At least no one ever has done it;" But he took off his coat and he took off his hat And the first thing we knew he'd begun it. With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin, Without any doubting or quiddit, He started to sing as he tackled the thing That couldn't be done, and he did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done, There are thousands to prophesy failure, There are thousands to point out to you one by one, The dangers that wait to assail you. But just buckle in with a bit of a grin, Just take off your coat and go to it; Just start in to sing as you tackle the thing That "cannot be done," and you'll do it.

This haunted house will pay you $20,000 if you make it to the end…but chances are you won’t. Those who dare enter have to sign a 40-page waiver, make a safe word, and get a doctor’s note to even get through the door. Basically, you don’t want to even think about it. McKamey Manor in Summertown, Tennessee is the scariest haunted house in the entire country. The owner, Russ, takes that title very seriously. He’ll even offer you $20,000 if you make it through. According to the internet, no one has yet to succeed.


The requirements alone are strict and start to get your stomach-churning.

  • Be 21 and above, or 18-20 with parent’s approval.
  • Completed “Sports Physical” and doctor’s letter stating you are physically and mentally cleared.
  • Pass a background check.
  • Be screened via Facebook FaceTime or phone.
  • Proof of medical insurance.
  • Sign a detailed 40-page waiver.
  • Pass a portable drug test on the day of the show.

McKamey also requires guests to watch a two-hour film that shows every person who has ever entered the haunted house. The movie highlights all of them quitting the tour midway. They even warn guests that they really don’t want to do this! But if you do decide to enter, all Russ asks for is a 50-pound bag of dog food that he donates to an animal shelter. But the emotional stakes are incredibly high.


Apparently, Russ tailor’s your experience based on your own fears. The entire tour is filmed. Some people have to eat cockroaches, be buried alive, fight to survive Saw-like contraptions, plus tasers, paintball guns, and whips. Yeah, no thanks!