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Scaring People into Social Distancing

Here is an idea that some home haunters may want to consider, though how well it will work in the United States is an open question. In Kepuh, a village on the Indonesian island of Java, volunteers have been dressing up as “Pocong” (which apparently means “shroud ghosts” – i.e., souls demanding to be released from their burial shrouds) in order to scare the population into social distancing during the Covid-19 pandemic. Results have been mixed: superstitious residents have been staying at home; more adventurous folks have been venturing outside to catch a glimpse of the hopping spirits.

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Steve Biodrowski, Administrator

A graduate of USC film school, Steve Biodrowski has worked as a film critic, journalist, and editor at Movieline, Premiere, Le Cinephage, The Dark Side., Cinefantastique magazine, Fandom.com, and Cinescape Online. He is currently Managing Editor of Cinefantastique Online and owner-operator of Hollywood Gothique.