Disney has announced a brand new documentary, “Monster Inside: America’s Most Extreme Haunted House”, which follows the story of Russ McKamey. The Navy Veteran turned master of horror, who lures horror enthusiasts into his web. They find themselves pulled into the no-holds-barred world of McKamey Manor – a haunt that doesn’t end until Russ says so.
Originally starting McKamey Manor to satiate his love of Halloween, as the haunt grew in popularity, both on the ground and on social media, so did the severity of Russ’ scare tactics – realizing that he was attracting more and more followers as he did so.
By cultivating an online persona and a cult-like following, Russ was allowed to display his basest instincts and was rewarded with online fame and notoriety. Driven by his personal fixations, he turned his backyard haunt into a bona fide torture chamber: videotaping “contestants,” particularly vulnerable young women, as he sees how far he can push them – both inside and outside of the haunt.
Merging documentary storytelling with the visual and cinematic language of a horror film, “Monster Inside” follows three participants as they dive deep into Russ’s world and then find the will to fight back.
By showcasing the reasons why our subjects were pulled into McKamey Manor, the film will explore why people make themselves vulnerable to harm. The world of immersive horror is a world of misfits, outsiders and those trying to overcome their trauma. Through the stories of our main characters, and expert commentary, the film hopes to show how a person’s past could draw them into extreme activity, some forms of which might actually be beneficial, and thus more broadly answer the question: why do we do anything extreme?
The documentary has been directed by Andrew Renzi and produced by Allison Corn and Stan Hsue.
“Monster Inside: America’s Most Extreme Haunted House” is going to be released on Hulu just in time for Halloween on October 12th, 2023. No international release details have been announced.
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