Zombies In Tokyo Amid Coronavirus Fears


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An actor dressed as a zombie is seen before their performance at a drive-in haunted house show by Kowagarasetai, for people inside a car in order to maintain social distancing amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at a garage in Tokyo, Japan.


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A Japanese performance group is starting a run of drive-in horror shows for people who are scared of catching the coronavirus but still want to get close-up frights from ghouls and zombies. Audience members will drive into a garage in Tokyo, one car at a time, and listen to a murder story and sound effects blared out of speakers, as actors dressed as monsters bang on the side of the vehicle and spray fake blood over the windows.


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The performance group Kowagarasetai – which roughly translates as the “scare squad” – is hoping to frighten as many as 11 carloads of people a day at weekends in July and hopefully August, coordinator Kenta Iawana said. Each group will pay up to 9,000 yen ($84) for the experience, he added. Shows last for about 15 minutes until the shutter goes up and another group comes in, and customers without a car can borrow one.


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Kowagarasetai put on regular walk-in shows at theme parks before the pandemic. But bookings dried up as venues closed and people stayed home. They have tried socially-distanced shows, but performers had to stay two meters away so it was all a “bit boring” said Iawana. “The drive-in will let people experience our haunted house shows”, he told Reuters. “We might continue them even after the coronavirus has gone”.


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