This may sound like the plot to a horror film, but it’s 100% real. Things got a little too freaky at a Nashville haunted attraction recently when a man named James “Jay” Yochim was stabbed by his friend… at the instruction of a haunted house employee.
The terror unfolded at Nashville Nightmare in early October. Jay and his friend were having the time of their lives, laughing and joking around with each other, until a man in skull makeup, now believed to be a park employee, approached Jay’s friend Tawnya Greenfield and asked if Jay was “f–king with her.” When she said yes, he handed her a knife and told her to “stab him,” according to Buzzfeed.
“So she stabs at me with it, and everything got really black,” Jay told WKYC. That’s when they realized it was a real knife. While the blade luckily missed all of the bones and tendons in Jay’s forearm, it began bleeding profusely, and required an emergency trip to the hospital and nine stitches to mend. Jay doesn’t blame his friend for the attack. “Keep in mind, we’d been chased by chainsaws, holding other weapons, all kinds of stuff all night, and it was all fake,” he said. “No one wants to stab their friend,” he said. “I’ve been stabbed and I still can’t even imagine what it’s like to accidentally hurt your friend like that.”
He also recalls the masked knife owner seemingly similarly horrified by the events that unfolded. “The thing I remember is the guy who gave it to her kind of freaking out and saying things like, ‘Oh, I didn’t know my knife was that sharp. I didn’t know. I’m so sorry,'” Jay explained. Which seems to insinuate that the alleged employee knew the knife was real, but didn’t think it would do quite as much damage as it did, or that Tawnya would actually go through with it.
So far, no charges have been filed, though police did take statements from everyone and are investigating. The Nashville park says that they have placed the employee on leave until they can determine his involvement in the incident, and claim that they have yet to be contact by police.
The whole situation sounds scarily like the plot of the new film Hellfest, where three couples “face a bloody night of terror when a masked serial killer turns the horror theme park into his own personal playground.” The movie already had fans freaked out to go to haunted attractions, and the scary stabbing certainly isn’t helping. “Now after watching hell fest I refuse to go to a haunted house 🙅🏽♀️ thank god I went to fright fest the day before watching the movie,’ said a Twitter user. A second agreed, writing, “Maybe I should have seen hell fest after going to all the haunted houses this month 😭😂.”
We wish Jay the best during his recovery.