Earlier I was reading an article about Mckamey Manor in the USA, which if you haven’t heard of is a super extreme haunted house. It takes hours to complete and involves basically being tortured with stuff like force feeding, ‘drowning’ and being attacked. I would never try it myself as personally I would find it way too extreme, but reading the article it got me thinking how extreme is too extreme? Where is the line between a theatrical scare attraction and genuine torture/abuse? The thing is with Mckamey Manor is there is no safe word, so you can’t determine when you will finish. That is decided by the people working there, who will only stop if you are seriously hysterical or injured. This makes it a serious test of nerve and strength, and for me not having a safe word is too extreme. I think that is where the line is, the guest should have control over whether they want the experience to end, especially if they begin to have a panic attack or are physically injured. I also think that aspects of the experience, such as the force feeding, count as abuse - particularly as the guest can’t make it stop. Is there even much of a point of it being so physical? For me the fear is in the anticipation of an event rather than the event itself, hence why being chased by a chainsaw guy in anticipation of getting hurt is scary. From a personal point of view I would find Thorpe’s face it alone too extreme as well. I would find being duct-taped and man-handled aggressively more worrying than scary. I can’t imagine I would come out of it smiling, which I guess is a good way of measuring whether an attraction is too extreme. If a guest comes out smiling and glad they’ve done it then its fine, but surely some of the more extreme attractions can have a psychological effect on some guests? Part of what Mckamey Manor is about is the feeling of relief at the end, when you know you’ve overcome it. But shouldn’t an attraction be about the experience itself and not the emotional outcome? I’m by no means a scare attraction fan, however I do have an interest in them and would be interested to see what people’s opinions on this are .