It's a Zombie Attack, but With Social Distance

Company in Tokyo gets creative during pandemic with drive-thru scares
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 20, 2020 12:22 PM CDT
Sign of the Times: a Drive-Thru Haunted House
A cast member dressed as a zombie does her thing on the window of a vehicle during a demonstration of a drive-in haunted house show at a garage in Tokyo.   (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

It’s a living nightmare—but a socially distanced one, per the AP. "Zombies" attack vehicles, smearing them with artificial blood. But the customers inside the cars are safely separated from their stalkers by the windows. Production company Kowagarasetai, roughly translated as "Scare Squad," has launched a drive-thru haunted house in Tokyo in response to the coronavirus pandemic. "We have started this drive-in because we cannot get close to customers" at a traditional haunted house because of the virus, explains Daichi Ono, a cast member.

"But the distance [between customers and cast] has actually gotten shorter since there is only a window between them," he adds. Unlike a traditional haunted house, where guests can flee if frightened, customers are confined to their cars and can't escape the horrors during the 13-minute performance. With no actual contact between the audience and performers, the risk of transmitting the virus is virtually eliminated. And, of course, inside their cars, customers can scream as loudly as they like. Once the horror is over, instead of eating brains, these helpful zombies actually clean the blood off the cars they attacked just minutes earlier.

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