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Today marks the 2 year anniversary of the insanely absorbing documentary HauntersThe Art of the Scare. Jon Schnitzer’s documentary takes a fascinating look at the people behind both traditional and extreme haunts. Haunters interviews some of the biggest names in horror including, John Murdy, Creative Director of Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood, and Jason Blum, founder of Blumhouse Productions, as well as some of the most controversial including, Russ McKamey of McKamey Manor. McKamey Manor, known for being the most extreme haunt, was not only notorious for waterboarding, shaving heads and dragging people, but for not having a “safe word.” Post Haunters a “safe word” has been put into place in case you decide that voluntary torture is not your cup of tea.

Trauma is the norm at McKamey Manor
Director Jon Schnitzer hanging out with a zombie or two

The film is a gripping investigation on the psychology of fear and why some people crave it to an extreme length. When Haunters was initially released, it put a light on these extreme haunts that before were more of a hidden sub-culture. It is fascinating, disturbing, and yet charming, all at once. This October marks the last haunt season that Haunters will be streaming on Netflix. So celebrate Halloween and the total weirdness of real life by watching Haunters tonight!


Haunters: The Art Of The Scare is a heart-warming and heart-stopping documentary about how family-friendly haunted houses for Halloween have spawned a growing subculture of extreme horror simulations. What kind of person dedicates their life to turning other people’s nightmares into reality, and how far is too far? Explore the rise of terror as entertainment, by going behind-the-screams and into the lives of Shar Mayer, legendary scare actor, Donald Julson, a traditional boo-scare maze designer, and the infamous Russ McKamey, as he creates the most controversial full-contact haunt of all time… in his own backyard. Also featuring John Murdy (Universal Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights), Jon Braver (Delusion), Josh Randall (Blackout), Eric Lowther (Haunted Overload), Bruce Stanton (Reign of Terror), Sylvia & Jen Soska (American Mary & GSN’s HELLEVATOR), Jessica Cameron (Truth or Dare) and many more talented artists.

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