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Less fear of coronavirus at drive-through haunted house in Japan

There's no actual contact between the audience and performers, and the risk of transmitting the virus is said to be virtually eliminated.

Editor's note: The video above is from 2019.

It's a living nightmare -- but a socially distanced one.

"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-through 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 said. 

Credit: AP
Casts dress as zombies and ghosts clean up fake blood on a vehicle during a demonstration of a drive-in haunted house show at a garage Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

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Unlike a traditional haunted house, where guests can flee if frightened, customers are confined to their cars and cannot 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.