One of the cardinal rules of advertising is: Get Peoples’ Attention! While this is usually done by employing sexy spokesmodels or celebrities, featuring popular music, and/or infusing adverts with humor, there’s another tactic in today’s marketing arsenal: Horror!
As horror movies increase in popularity and shows like The Walking Dead and American Horror Story are becoming TV’s most profitable offerings, it only makes sense that today’s advertisers gravitate towards incorporating gore and jump-scares in an effort to separate you from your dollars. Of course, there’s another type of terrifying commercial: Those that are unintentionally scary (usually vintage offerings that resonate a nightmarish aesthetic).
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The folks at WatchMojo have assembled a supercut of commercials attempting to scare the cash out of their viewers! It includes vintage offerings and foreign ads, as well as commercials that only ran on the internet. It’s funny, but also fascinating to see how different cultures are incorporating horror tropes into ads.
From an old Kentucky Fried Chicken ad that plays out like a lost scene from A Clockwork Orange to a Canadian safety PSA that descends into straight-up torture porn, these terrifying commercials will rattle your cage while tickling your ribs. Give it a look-see and let us know what you think in the Comments section!
Official Synopsis: These commercials are just plain terrifying. We’ll be looking at some of the scariest, creepiest commercials, such as The Spirit of Dark and Lonely Water, Autoway Tire Ghost, Kentucky Fried Lie Detector, and Little Baby’s Ice Cream. Join WatchMojo as we count down our picks for the top 10 scariest commercials.
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