Get ready to have the willies put up you as Netflix’s latest series could be one of its scariest yet. Barely a week goes by without a clickbait headline of “Netflix’s new movie is the scariest yet”, but when it comes to a dive inside America’s most haunted houses, this could actually be true.
As Netflix ‘carves’ a name for itself in the horror stakes with the likes of Gerald’s Game, Hush, In the Tall Grass, Apostle, and the lauded Haunting of Hill House, this documentary is tapping into our morbid obsession with the macabre.
If you’re exhausted by Netflix constantly rolling our true crime and serial killer documentaries, you’re in luck. With a change of pace, this latest series will explore some of the most haunted houses in America. Variety describes the upcoming series as “a gritty and meticulous study of some of America’s most notorious haunted locations.”
The docuseries comes from Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment and will be directed by Joe Berlinger. For those who need a lesson in Horror 101, Berlinger’s work includes, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, and the harrowing Paradise Lost film series — effectively an early Making a Murderer.
Horror movies are chocked full of legendary horror houses from The Amityville Horror, Poltergeist, and (the criminally underrated) House on Haunted Hill that have had us hiding under the covers. However, the chance to explore real-life hellish locations sounds like it this documentary will be a tempting trip into horror.
For those who’ve watched Netflix’s Dark Tourist, they’ll know the kind of horror you can presumably expect. One of Dark Tourist‘s highlight was a trip to the McKamey Manor in Tessesee. Owner Russ McKamey offers $20k to anyone who can complete it, but no one ever has.
As well as signing a 40-page waiver, going through a Facebook screening, and having a full medical exam, participants are warned this isn’t for the faint-hearted with a two-hour video of all those who’ve failed.
In 2015, McKamey claimed there was a waiting list of 27,500 people, so you might have a bit of a wait. Although Tennesse already has the Bell Witch Cave as a notoriously haunted locale, it’s a walk in the park compared to McKamey Manor.
Although McKamey has sunk over $1 million into the manor, he refuses to accept an entrance fee. Instead, patrons have to bring a bag of dog food to feed his pet pooches.
Anyone who doesn’t complete the chilling ordeal has to turn to the camera and say, “You don’t have to do this” — the mantra that is continuously featured in his video. Even if it all sounds a bit House of 1000 Corpses, you can sign me up right now.
While McKamey’s haunted house is all in the name of fun, the new Netflix documentary will open to door to some of America’s most haunted houses and their actual horrors!
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