10 EXTREME Haunted Attractions That Take It TOO FAR!
What makes a Haunted Attraction so extreme? That answer may be subjective, but the following locations go far beyond the requisite jump scares and ghost and goblin animatronics. These are the top ten most extreme haunted attractions… watch, only if you dare.
McKamey Manor – Location Withheld
Once billed as the haunt with a 24,000 person waiting list, visits to this formerly San Diego based Manor are strictly by reservation only, with some tours lasting up to four hours. This isn’t your average haunted house. McKamey guarantees a 100% interactive experience. Those who have been courageous, or crazy enough to embark on one of the lengthy tours have been gagged with rotten food, drenched in blood and tortured barely within the confines of the law. With a new theme and location every year, there is no telling what to expect.
BlackOut/Inferno – New York City and San Francisco
Starting in New York City, this haunt quickly gained notoriety for the use of its safety word and insistence that only one person may enter at a time. 2015 brought a new pop up attraction for west-coasters to enjoy, located in San Francisco. The fresh “Inferno” promises to deliver a twisted journey, similar to that of Dante Alighieri’s odyssey through hell, but maintaining the immersive sexual violent themes fans have come to expect from the unique haunt.
Heretic Horror House – City Withheld, CA
Heretic is less like a typical “house” staged haunt and more of a horror experience. It completely immerses you into such frightening situations such as an overnight stay in an isolated cabin. You aren’t just a mere observer in Heretic; you become part of their story. In order to take part in this disturbing journey, potential victims must first become a member of this ultra secretive, exclusive group. 2015 introduced a single-roomed adventure called Hex, where “the only way to exit is to wake up”.
Freakling Bros. Trilogy of Terror – Las Vegas, NV
Launched in 2011 as the first “R-rated” attraction in the state of Nevada, the Gates of Hell is probably the most extreme house of Vegas’ Terror Trilogy. Waivers must be signed to enter and guests can expect to be touched by the actors… of course, by touching we mean dragged down long corridors and licked on the face and ears. In case that’s not enough physical contact for you, the “Victim Experience” is available for those adrenaline junkies seeking a simulated test in psychological and emotional torture.
Creep – Los Angeles, CA
Newer to the L.A haunt scene, Creep has quickly proved to live up to its name. Relying heavily on its impressive actors to set the stage, each room is created in a dream-like sense to make the observer feel as an uneasy accessory to the scene unfolding before them. While there is no continuing story throughout the journey you will embark on, each room promises (and delivers) a new interactive experience. There are no characters. There are no costumes. Creep lives by the simple motto: humans are far scarier than any monster.
The 13th Gate – Baton Rouge, LA
The Gate may seem like a tame haunted house that doesn’t particularly belong on a most extreme list. Clowns? Snake-infested swamps? We’re not spooked yet… but this haunt uniquely and seamlessly blends together 13 realms to create an ultimate nightmare experience for each visitor. Unsettling activities like crawling your way through an old crematory oven and navigating pitch-black underground tunnels, paired with the Hollywood caliber special effects makeup team make this extreme haunt worthy! What the 13th Gate lacks in mental anguish it makes up for in physical exertion.
Sinister Pointe’s Trust Challenge – Brea, CA
How much trust do you have in your significant other to keep you out of harm’s way? Sinister Pointe is the ultimate trust exercise…except the welcoming arms you may fall backward into may be that of the living dead’s or a creepy clown. You’re guided through blacked out quarters by a partner of your choice, who is monitoring you via a control booth. Will you be navigated to safety, or straight into the evil that lurks in the darkness? Only your partner knows.
Alone: An Existential Haunting – City Withheld, CA
Alone is an experiment in human emotion.. and really, what can be more terrifying than facing our own feelings? Don’t be fooled by the hippie talk you’ll encounter on their Facebook page. Alone is another waiver requiring, safety word carrying exploration of our most primal emotion: fear. Required reservations allow Alone’s behind the scenes team to perform an invasive search of your digital footprint and past visitors describe experiencing long periods of sitting in darkness, puzzling imagery, and aggressive physical contact that’s only matched by tender encounters with some of the actors.
ScareHouse: The Basement – Etna, PA
The Basement of the ScareHouse offers a more terrifyingly intimate experience for those Halloween attraction fans who are left wanting more after ordinary haunts. What makes this 18 and older interactive walkthrough extreme? Visitors are subjected to being hooded, physically restrained and teased with a fear of their choice. If you’re squeamish about needles and other sharp objects, this may be one to skip out on. Amplified by unique characters, ScareHouse: The Basement tests the waters of extreme!
Queen Mary Dark Harbor – Long Beach, CA
A different kind of extreme than what’s expected, this haunt aboard the historic Queen Mary is less physically interactive and offers more of a psychological mind game for guests who are courageous enough to explore areas of the ship that are otherwise closed to the public. Your journey is centered around real life past paranormal encounters and each apparition is modeled after a former guest from the Queen Mary’s long and sordid history. With every twist and turn through the haunted depths of the ship, visitors may walk away with a supernatural tale of their own, something no manufactured haunt can provide.