They have come up with a haunted garage experience and the entire horror narrative plays around your vehicle.
The world is a scary enough place right now. Amidst all this panic and chaos, there are horror lovers in Japan who have kicked things up a notch. According to a report by iHorror, a Tokyo haunted house design company called Kowagarasetai has taken the haunted house experience to the next level.
#Coronavirus #COVID19 #Japan - Don't open the door!: Japan haunted house goes drive-in. #AFP— AFP Photo (@AFPphoto) June 24, 2020
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The creators have come up with a haunted garage experience and the entire horror narrative plays around your vehicle. There will be a radio broadcast that will be taking you through the horror narrative and it sounds like clues about what is happening around you. The backstory starts by saying, "This is a garage where a horrible incident occurred long ago. Now people say that if you park your car inside and honk your horn three times, something will happen.”
VIDEO: A car horn beeps and the horror begins, but this drive-in haunted house in Japan protects against a terrifying real-life enemy -- coronavirus. From inside a car, guests can scream as loudly as they like, with no mask required, as hideous creatures swarm towards them pic.twitter.com/d5w1IpvC1b— AFP news agency (@AFP) June 25, 2020
Your haunted drive-in experience will last for 20 minutes and will cost you 8,000 yen or $75. Anyone who owns a vehicle can visit this haunted drive-in experience, but what happens inside is being kept closely guarded even by the ones who have visited the spot. But going by the pictures, one can guess that the theme revolves around popular Japanese horror movies like The Ring and The Grudge.
In an interview with AFP, producer Kenta Iwana said, "At the drive-in haunted house, guests are confined in a car so they can’t escape the horror until the end. It makes it even scarier for them." Iwana came up with the idea of a haunted drive-in after all public places were shut down because of the Coronavirus pandemic. He said, "It’s because a haunted house creates an environment with three Cs," referring to the risks of spreading the virus.
He continued, "Orders for conventional-style haunted houses were canceled one after another and we lost about 80 percent of our clients. A team is usually hired to set up all the haunted house attractions we see at the amusement parks and a usual setting will involve a windowless room with actors playing ghosts who do their best to scare the visitors. But this has been rendered impossible because of the raging pandemic."
He says the new format -- with the actors outside accompanied by a soundtrack and narration playing inside the car -- has a few positives, particularly in terms of audience feedback. #japan #unseenjapan https://t.co/2EOQTn8TXH— Unseen Japan @ BLM だよ (@UnseenJapanSite) June 25, 2020
So Iwana, along with team Kowagarasetai tried creating performances that will have all needed precaution to avoid the spread of the disease. But most of their future events have been canceled. Ayaka Imaide, the head of the squad said, "We’ve even had Halloween events scheduled in October and November canceled."
It's always the perfect time to visit a haunted house. Including this new "drive-in" experience in Japan: https://t.co/GcQEZ3K2ft— Justin (@JustinBamforth) June 25, 2020
Haunted houses and ghost stories are already a popular form of entertainment in Japan. Kota Hanegawa who plays a blood-soaked killer in the setting admitted that he is not a big fan of scary situations. He admitted that the new format comes with quite a few positives. Hanegawa said, "I can get very close to guests even though they’re behind the windscreens. It’s interesting to see their reactions so close up while keeping social distance.”
Personally I can't think of anything worse, but if you're a horror fiend, enjoy this @AFP story on a Japanese drive-in haunted house for the corona era (you can't run away...): https://t.co/E6Heji4pOA— Sara Hussein (@sarahussein) June 24, 2020
Personally, I love anything related to a haunted house and would love to have this experience. What do you guys think? Let us know in the comments below.