[[caption-width-right:300:"Beware the Judderman my dear, when the moon is fat..."]]
->''"This is like if you took every psychopathic thought anyone's ever had and put them all together to make an advert."''
-->-- '''easportsbig899''', on TNT's "Walking the Bird" promo.

Isn't it surprising [[NightmareFuel the lengths some advertisers will go]] to make you buy stuff?

Particularly scary commercials can become a MemeticMutation, and in decades' time fall into PopCulturalOsmosis. Unfortunately, the side effect is that nobody can remember, "WhatWereTheySellingAgain"

Due to the sheer amount of nightmare fuel they always give off, [=PSAs=] and [=PIFs=] not only have a subpage, they have [[UpToEleven subpages]] [[UpToEleven of that subpage,]] which you can visit in the link below.


* [[NightmareFuel/MAndMs M&M's]]
* [[NightmareFuel/PublicServiceAnnouncement Public Service Announcements & Public Information Films]]
** [[NightmareFuel/PublicServiceAnnouncementsHealth Public Service Announcements: Health]]
** NightmareFuel/PublicServiceAnnouncementsSafety

[[folder: Automotives]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpQ0ygDlC8k This horrible ad]] produced by Scion manages to make something that would be Narm (IE, people with square heads) and turn it into horror with the use of BodyHorror, UncannyValley and WhatWereTheySellingAgain.
** And then there's the ending, where [[spoiler: the one guy who doesn't have a square head is tased and put in the box, and his terrified screams are muffled by the website, which is even creepier]].
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJazux_BxQk This Honda ad]] also revolves around square headed people, and the UncannyValley is even worse! Just look at the kid at the end!
* There was a series of Volkswagen commercials that, at first, seemed rather simple and aimless, featuring friends talking about whatever silly little subject comes to mind, when suddenly, '''BAM!''' Car accident. No one is hurt, but the commercial then cuts to one of the friends looking at the wreckage, saying [[CurseCutShort "Holy-"]], the commercial cutting off to the pricing and safety features of the car. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtaXjzQQGE8&feature=youtu.be Check out one of them here]].
* In December 2013, an advert for the Japanese company Autoway Tires generated a lot of headlines, with newspapers asking [[http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/is-this-the-scariest-advert-ever-japanese-tyre-commercial-comes-with-its-own-disclaimer-and-health-warning-8980781.html "Is this the scariest advert ever?"]] How scary is it? So scary that it comes with a ''disclaimer and health warning'' at the very start. The ad shows a dark, snowy road from the driver's night vision POV - the perfect setting for the horrific JumpScare that follows. Also an example of WhatWereTheySellingAgain - many news outlets pointed out that the viewer would be too shocked to concentrate on what was actually being advertised. [[EvenEvilHasStandards We strongly advise against checking it out.]] [[SincerityMode It's]] ''[[SincerityMode that]]'' [[SincerityMode bad]].
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02eJUk7Mbsg A memorable Audi RS4 ad]] shows the car being tangled up in a creepy spider web, with the commercial eventually building up to a GiantSpider dropping down, screeching loudly, and then charging towards the camera before transforming into said car at the last second. MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext.
** And then there's the 2016 [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDj3bNcODHM Winter Ad]]. A girl is sitting on a dock in a lake in full ice skating gear, with a fisherman not far away. Then it shows there are some Ice Hockey players waiting a little further down the shore. Then in come the Audi fleet, freezing in their path. The kids laugh and dive onto the lake as it freezes solid. Cute, right? Until you see them skate past the fisherman pushing against the ice, trying to free his legs. And if one looks closely, it looks as if he's screaming.

[[folder: Beverages]]
* German ads for K-fee energy drink. These ads were {{Screamer Prank}}s, starting off with a calm environment... then a goblin or zombie (depending on the ad) would come out and scream its freaking head off and then say that "You've never been so awake". ItMakesSenseInContext considering that it's a caffeine drink. What's funny though is that they parodied three of them for their decaf version.
** Another variation is often referred to as the "Ghost Car Ad" due to the prank associated with the ad- telling people that a ghost appears when the car goes around the bend. It doesn't, it's another zombie screaming its head off. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLicfr1AYfo Check]] [[SchmuckBait it out!]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UR3V3GJxt-w This Coca Cola]] commercial urges viewers to watch and unlock secrets about the formula. It's extremely disturbing, complete with blink-and-you'll-miss-it weird, flashing images and creepy smiling ladies from the sixties.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlHw_O3NpWw This commercial]] for Australia's Bluetongue Brewery Beer features a Japanese businessman getting the [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice "Full Whale Experience"]] at a sushi bar. It was made using money donated by the Sea Shephards, a group of eco-pirates (of ''Series/WhaleWars'' fame) who disrupt Japanese whaling activities... that, or Bluetongue really hates the Japanese.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iqWNAcUgD0 This]] Tango advert, where a man is attacked by a clawed, bright orange disembodied foot. It doesn't get better when the foot's owner shows up to claim it.
** Speaking of Tango adverts, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILPCDMIcjuA this]] little gem from the same era is confusing, scary and just plain freaky. The two figures seen by the man drinking the Tango are remind one of various horror movie archetypes, and that's before his head comes off.
* There's an orange juice commercial that shows a pair of hands in leather work gloves holding a cluster of leaves. The leaves grow, bloom, and slowly develop into an orange. The problem here is FridgeLogic: where are the roots of this plant? Gives a whole new meaning to the concept of blood oranges...
* Mike's Lemonade and Iced Tea had some... unique... taste in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWdQnp56cK4 their commercials]]
* In the early 2000s, Nestea ran an ad campaign that involved [[http://youtu.be/XVfPjT_4lZM a]] [[http://youtu.be/Twq7pUT__vY snowman]] whose snow acted as skin. When melting, he'd become a skeleton, and had to find a bottle of Nestea in order to regain his snowy skin. These commercials sometimes aired on children's TV channels, and while these commercials were funny to older viewers, children were scared shitless by them.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_j27mDTyuKM "Beware the Judderman my dear, when the moon is fat."]] In the early 2000s, this infamous Metz advert was voted the scariest advert ever by the British public. The ad centres around the Judderman, a ghoulish, Jack Frost-like creature who lures weary travellers with his bottles of Metz. The people behind the ad went to great lengths to make it as creepy as possible, including using a hand-cranked camera to film it, creepy music, and hiring a ballet dancer who could perform the eerie movements of the Judderman. There's even a crow [[ExorcistHead whose head spins 360 degrees]]. And it seems they [[GoneHorriblyRight succeeded a little too well]], as loads of kids were terrified by it, and the ad was eventually banned from early evening television.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjQDKUDFmd4 "Who will buy my lovely Metz?"]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ug_PRIEDrow "Draw near, my love, 'tis dark outside, and something this way comes..."]] This one for still Metz is the source of the page image.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O98Gc7bA6cs "Beware the Judderman, when a storm he offers."]]
*** It was so terrifying that [[http://www.bbfc.co.uk/releases/metz-judderman-1970 the British Board of Film Classification gave it a 15+ rating]].
* And while we're on the topic of alcohol, how about [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DW-7S6x_zTY this]] [[SurrealHorror disturbingly surreal]] Drambuie ad?
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_leMYWqoPo The Pepsi One commercial starring Kim Cattrall as Little Red Riding Hood]] has her trying out different sodas. She rejects two of them, tries the Pepsi One and says "This one's just right". Her eyes turn green and wolf-like and there's howling in the background, as if she was going to turn into the Big Bad Wolf. It's scary for those who don't see it coming!
* There was a needlessly scary advert for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yDvnNJCUFA Hooch Lemon]], with a man sleeping in the most uncanny cliff-side house imaginable. A mosquito has a sip of the drink and [[ParanoiaFuel cuts a hole through the apartment's window]]. The man wakes up, gets bitten by the mosquito [[JumpScare and screams at the top of his lungs]]. There was another version of the ad where his wife wakes up with an even more earsplitting shriek.
* A [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czYixQFLbd4 popular Herbaria tea advert]] represents the tea's calming effects... by ''showing a variety of horror monsters slowly drowning''. The slogan at the end is "Drown your fears", but the ad only reignites them for the viewer, if anything.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjK1aUU2Dx4 An ad for Sprite]] was disguised as a ad for another drink called Sun Fizz, with a mother serving the drink to her two children...only for the mascot on the bottle to jump out of the bottle as an [[PerpetualSmiler unsettling]], [[TastesLikeDiabetes overly-cheerful]] [[UncannyValley CGI abomination]], terrifying the family. The ad than shifts into the slasher movie-esque tone as the mascot proceeds to chase after the mother and children through the house; resulting in the mother tripping over something and falling down. The ad cuts away to promote Sprite just when the mascot closes in on the children's mother, with her screaming for her children to run.
** Another one used ninjas and Miles Thirst doing Kung Fu to get a bottle of Sprite that is sitting on a rock in Japan. Chaos ensues as the ninjas were sent flying, breaking something (as they are knocked out). Rather cute than creepy. The official voice work of Miles Thirst is Reno Wilson (who also appeared in CBS' "Mike & Molly").
* There was once a Coke ad that showed some football players ''melting from the summer heat'' until they drank Coke and reform. The end-of-ad comedy beat was someone who was far too melted to reach his drink asking for help as he continued his slow dissolution into oblivion.
* Apparently, the best way to convince people to drink more Sprite is to show people drinking it, running into each other, and EXPLODING INTO SPRITE. At least the Coke commercial suggested that their product helps you AVOID death.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQcfK9EKfL4 The Super Bowl 50 "Puppymonkeybaby" ad]] for Mountain Dew Kickstart has a disturbing hybrid of a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin puppy, a monkey, and a baby]] moving around in a jerkily way shilling the product to a group of guys in a couch. Even worse when it ''starts licking the face of one of the guys.''
** Of course, YMMV. Some might actually find it hilarious.
** The real nightmare is trying to get the chant of "puppymonkeybaby" out of your head.
* Wheter you view ''[[Fanfic/PokemonOpalAndGarnet au kayuga garconi]]'' [[note]] "the Sprite Boy" [[/note]] (seen [[https://www.coca-colacompany.com/stories/coke-lore-sprite-boy here]]) as disturbing or not is YMMV, but so many people nowadays have seen him as straight-up NightmareFuel, likely due to his CheshireCatGrin. And it's a shame, [[AccidentalNightmareFuel because his purpose]] was ''not'' NightmareFuel- it was to tell people that "Coke" and "Coca-Cola" meant the same thing. To the point where fandom picked up on this and made it [[TheWoobie an actual part]] [[StepfordSmiler of his fanon personality.]]


[[folder: Breakfast Cereal]]
* We all know Count Chocula, right? The adorable, cartoony, chocolate cereal version of Count Dracula? Well, in 1991, someone decides to bring him to [[https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Bou0Lrk8-C4 live-action]]. It went just well as [[UncannyValley anyone could]] [[NightmareFace have expected]] (The [[OurMonstersAreWeird chocolate monster]] doesn't help either.)
-->"[[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic You stay the fuck away from my chocolate monster!]]"
* The Crazy Craving transformation effects in some Honey-Comb cereal commercials like [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5GwgysClgw these]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gt6qKQ1e4EA "Commercial Shoot"]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwbdKTB1Vws This Honey Nut Cheerios commercial]] starts with a woman at the table picking up her mug. The Honey Nut Cheerios bee flies out and tells her about how good Honey Nut Cheerios is. He gives her a bowl of Cheerios and asks: "Delicious, right? It's the honey, it tastes so..." the camera shows frames of dead insects while an unexpected set of PsychoStrings play in the background. The bee tries to get away, but the woman pulls the box back and asks "What's the rush?" The commercial ends with the bee hiding and saying his CatchPhrase "Bee happy, bee healthy!" while ominous music plays in the background.
** [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colony_collapse_disorder Jesus, talk about]] HarsherInHindsight...
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2vBJt1iG60 This]] really creepy cereal ad from the 1960s. The clown featured in the ad will really make the little ones not to eat Rice Krispies again.

[[folder: Confectionery]]
* There was an ad for Wrigley's in the UK that showed a man retching and spitting up a dog (literal "dog breath") after a night's heavy drinking. It was banned after more than 700 complaints that it had terrified both child and adult viewers alike. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLq5o228Nlk Obligatory YouTube link]].
* Maynard's wine gums ads. Not so much scary as just creepily [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myOEutvVC5s hallucinatory]]. Even the bus stop [[http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4074/5441221161_2e45aa6bf4_b.jpg poster ads]] were disturbing!
* The 2010 Halloween commercial for Snickers features two kids dressed as an adult woman (one on top of the other's shoulders) convincing a neighbor to stock up on the candy kids want. That sounds funny and charming, right? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgSv1SKCteQ Wrong]]. The kids are horribly outdated in their dress, the proportions of the body are like something designed by Dr. Frankenstein, and behind the pallid, molded face, are two piercing, ''unblinking'' eyes. And then the creepy caress, the voice ("I'm only trying to help you" as the woman tries to wrestle her cart away when the kids grab hold of it)...
* A Jello ad that is just made of this trope: it's late at night and the parents are facing their children in front of an open refrigerator. The mom tells a story about a little girl who fell down a deep dark well filled with monsters and boogeymen, with no cartoons, and she was trapped there for a hundred years with no hope of escape. While she tells this, the children look as if they're crapping in their jammies in pure terror. She ends it with "And that's why we don't take Mommy's nightly [insert jello name] snack" right before Dad tells the kids to go to bed. Even worse is the one where the mother tells her daughter she will ship her off to ''work in a coal mine'' if she takes her mommy's snack.[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtJESnmpLHw Here's the link.]]
* The commercial for Fruit Roll-Ups which began with a woman calling to her son. The camera pans left to show A GIANT COCOON OF FRUIT ROLL-UPS. A boy (presumably the woman's son) all but ''slithers'' out of the cocoon, dropping to the floor. He looks at the camera, puts a finger to his lips and says "Shh" in the creepiest possible way. ''[[DadaAd Jeez.]]''
* Hostess did a series of commercials in the 90s and 2000s that featured an animal approaching something that appeared to be a Hostess snack product, but wasn't, and would prompt that animal to ask "Hey, where's the cream filling?" However, the creepiest ad involves [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rRPWyoPv5E a boy teasing a doll with a toy cupcake, which prompts her to come to life with one angry face.]]
* You haven't experienced true fear [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erh2ngRZxs0 until you've looked into the eyes of this ice cream person eating itself]].
** That very same company also put out two other commercials that are [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0_fVzTJO-8 equally]] [[AcidTripDimension terrifying]], if [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJaLU0w5Do4 not]] [[BodyHorror more]].
** It was enough to ''literally'' scare WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic to death [[ItMakesSenseInContext and have another version of him immediately step in to have the audience give a moment of silence for himself]].
* Similarly, here's a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TO8tfxr9U58 Reese's Pieces commercial of the same time period.]] At 00:05, the man grunting combining with his growl may surely have creep out many a younger viewer. Sleep tight, folks!
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6JOneuHXHc An old ad]] for Kinder Surprise that features a [[UncannyValley very human-like Humpty Dumpty]] speaking mostly gibberish has gained a lot of attention on the internet for being creepy; though some find it to be more funny.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6emmIIOUFDE This commercial]] for the now discontinued Wazoo bar is 1 part creepy and 1 part [[MindScrew strange]] to give it an essence of SurrealHorror.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oisx3kl27E This 1992 Nestle Fun Size Candy Christmas ad]] revived the Farfel family from the the 50's into a modern Christmas setting. While the 50's Farfel was cute and cuddly, the 90's Farfel looks like he came straight from the UncannyValley. The scariest part about the dogs are their mouths which look like a bottom part of the alligator's mouth and when they sing they stare into the camera and their mouths move like they're snapping at you as if they were trying to eat you! This is one of the rare times that a Christmas commercial could be considered scary.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f46kAiy5BPA This 2017 Hershey's ad]] shows a young woman eating a Hershey's bar on a park bench when a voiceover plays that informs her that if the Earth didn't have layers, she'd be drowning in magma. She only has some time to ask "Wait, what?" before the camera cuts to the entire area covered with lava, as she desperately tries to eat the chocolate and then screams in pain as she sinks into the lava. The comments on the video even call the ad out for being so randomly cruel.

[[folder: Electronics]]
* Buy Macintosh. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHJkAYdT7qo Or be frozen alive in your cryogenic chamber.]]
* This [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkeNzviga8g Nokia N900]] commercial. It starts with a guy in a business suit talking with 3 other guys about the Nokia N900. When one of them is reminded that [[BerserkButton there are people watching the room]] behind one-way glass, he flips out, [[HumanoidAbomination transforms into ''something'']], and starts wrecking the place. He yells, "I am the medium! I am the message! I am the one." and transforms into a phone. Um, what?
* This particular [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpV7DyM4Zk0 Virgin Mobile]] advert is pretty funny when you first see it. But when you're up at night, alone, and that psycho music is playing... Especially at the very end, when you think the thing is over, but in actuality there's a quick flash of her EERIE GRINNING FACE before it closes. Sweet dreams, folks!
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrIZnC8q7RQ A series of ads for Phones 4 U in the UK]] showing people being stalked by ghosts and zombies trying to promote mobile phone deals to them: "Missing our deals will haunt you!" There were complaints.
** There's also [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2oL_gXECtg this commercial]]. A woman walking to her car in a parking garage late at night is stalked by a creepy little ghost girl who suddenly appears and disappears. The woman suspects someone's following her, starts to panic and rushes to the car. Once she gets in, the ghost girl suddenly appears on the window and the woman screams. Turns into NightmareRetardant when she starts telling the woman about all the money she could be saving on an iPhone.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rg-r8-1EdjI This commercial]] for Rayovac batteries starts out this way, with a scary [[UncannyValley mid-90's CGI]] CD player with [[MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily two rows of sharp teeth]] coming to life in the middle of the night, and starts eating whatever batteries it can find, compounded by the batteries screaming in terror as they try to flee. It gradually transitions into NightmareRetardant when the lights come on and the CD player is chastised by UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan for not using Rayovac batteries, as well as the fact that said batteries the CD player was eating [[TakeThat/{{Commercials}} were frightened Duracell and Energizer batteries]].


[[folder: Fast Food Restaurants]]
* The [[http://youtu.be/x4_5qoy4oaQ Burger King]] commercials that feature their [[UncannyValley incredibly eerie mascot of the same name]]. Especially their breakfast-themed commercials that feature him in other people's bedrooms, waiting for said people to wake up so he offer them breakfast sandwiches.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=niFCK-Pl3Vc Itsudemo soko ni... Mcdonald]] [[labelnote:Translation]] [[ParanoiaFuel Always there for you]]... Mcdonalds[[/labelnote]] These are a series of Japanese [=McDonalds=] commercials in which Ronald [=McDonald=] opens a locked door from the outside, calls a girl from a dark alley, hides under a girl's bed (similar to the character of ''Creator/MartinLawrence'' from ''College Road Trip'' (2008) while sneaking into some girl's dorm of the college in the middle of the night), and escapes from [[NothingIsScarier an unseen thing]]. The ads end with a creepy distorted voice saying the above slogan.
** Taken as a whole, the four commercials in that video seem to tell a complete story. [[spoiler: A stalker dressed up as Ronald [=McDonald=] attempts to break into a woman's apartment, harasses her at work, and finally hides under her bed [[TooDumbToLive (while being completely visible to us and the woman)]] and presumably murders her. Why else would he be running after all? Still, as weird as Japan is, [[FridgeLogic it's hard to imagine the marketing department at McDonald's signing off on an ad campaign that makes their mascot look like a murdering psychopath.]]]] This HAS to be a student film.
** The Swedish [=McDonald's=] coffee commericals aren't much better. First there's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9bxjpneClA a man snickering creepily]] while the camera pans across his [[BodyHorror unnaturally long nose]] [[spoiler:which ends in another man]] all while broken xylophone music plays. And then there's...[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ai6ArAyQjao the Yog Sothoth]] or something, which is talking in BlackSpeech. These ads may be a case of literal NightmareFuel, since the "WAKE UP!" slogan implies both were dreams.
** Not to be outdone, the American [=McDonald's=] decided to create a new mascot for their Happy Meals, called Happy. This one's tame compared to most things on the list, but still somewhat [[UncannyValley creepy]]. [[http://www.reviewjournal.com/sites/default/files/field/media/web1_McDonaldsMascot.jpg Here it is]].
** And who could forget the UsefulNotes/McDonalds commercials from [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1a8SoZDo0QQ Pakistan?]]
*** The [[VideoGame/CrashBandicoot Crash Bandicoot]] commercial might be a contender of the creepiest of them all, Because Cortex has a ''[[UncannyValley realistic face]]''!
*** In the Hello Kitty commercial they gave her a mouth, and it doesn't look pretty.
* [[http://adland.tv/commercials/subway-theyre-coming-teaser-1-2005-010-usa This Subway advertisement]] from 2005 is a ten second clip of a group of kids making a snowman. Suddenly, they all stare blankly at [[NothingIsScarier some unseen thing]] and one girl shrieks before the screen goes black and yellow text says [[ParanoiaFuel They're Coming]]. [[WhatWereTheySellingAgain Somehow this is a teaser for Subway's food]], though the ad itself was played alone, without any following segment explaining what exactly about Subway it's advertising.
** This was actually part of a [[http://adland.tv/commercials/subway-theyre-coming-teaser-2-2005-010-usa series]] [[http://adland.tv/commercials/subway-theyre-coming-3-teaser-2005-007-usa of ads]], one of which features a police officer looking into the window of a pulled over car in shock, one of which features two men in a barren snowy wooded area before one suddenly gets a blank look on his face and the other looks over his shoulder in shock. None of these ads make any attempt at explaining what they're advertising in any way.
** They were teasers for a then-upcoming sandwich ("New Hot Fresh Toasted Subs"). The full ads are mild compared to their teasers, and they are:
*** [[http://www.adforum.com/creative-work/ad/player/46793 Snowman]]: Three kids are making a snowman until a fourth one comes to play, and they don't let her. She goes home and finds out her dad bought her the new Subway sandwich. As revenge she goes outside and lays it on the snowman's hands; the sandwich is so hot it melts the snowman.
*** [[http://www.adforum.com/creative-work/ad/player/46794 Ice Fishing]]: Two men are freezing trying to find fish under the ice, until one of them eats the new Subway sandwich, prompting him to take off his clothes and stay only in his boxers.
*** [[http://www.adforum.com/creative-work/ad/player/46795 Lovebirds]]: Two officers pull-over to a couple apparently making love in a car. When they lower its window, it's shown that the "lovebirds" are actually two guys eating the new Subway sandwiches.
** Another unsettling Subway ad is [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AUiD0lNvOo this one]], though the implications are far more frightening than the actual ad itself. The ad features a guy and his girlfriend having a romantic night together looking at the sky. The girlfriend points out a shooting star, and guy suggests they make a wish. Both silently think of their wishes, when the girlfriend suddenly turns into a Subway sandwich. In response, the guy happily says "Yes!". The implication being that he turned his girlfriend into a Subway sandwich and plans to ''[[ImAHumanitarian eat her]]''. Let's just not hope she's [[AndIMustScream conscious throughout the whole thing]].
%%** Arguably, any ad featuring former spokesman [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jared_Fogle#Legal_history Jared Fogle]] is [[HarsherInHindsight more than a little creepy now.]]
* The infamous Quiznos ad featuring the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZrks-BPeLQ Spongmonkeys]] singing about how they love their subs. UncannyValley doesn't even begin to describe it.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WJ2eBFHxyc This KFC commercial from the 60's]] has a group of women asking Colonel Sanders, who is hooked up on a lie detector, what the secret ingredients to his chicken are, only to be angered when the Colonel manages to fool the detector while making up random recipes. It's weird angles, electronic sounds, dark lighting, and the narrator's laugh at the end make this ad extremely unsettling and freaky.

[[folder: Halloween Events]]
* [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal's]] Theatre/HalloweenHorrorNights has most definitely mastered the art of scary commercials:
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DA1ZgafawL4 1997]]: This ad is rather tame compared to the ones below, but nonetheless still contains the unpleasant imagery of a small goblin-like creature lifting up a man's eyelid and then biting into it.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odsnWGUGn24 2000]]: A couple is shown walking into a photo booth, and as they have their pictures taken, they are suddenly attacked and killed by "Jack the Clown"; which is shown in a twisted variation of the PhotoBoothMontage.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqNXY5EdtTw 2001]]: Jack the Clown sinisterly watches as a group of people wonder where he is, just before a chainsaw maniac [[DangerousWindows bursts out of a window]] and attacks them.
** 2002: This is where the ads ''really'' [[GrowingTheBeard start to get scary]].
*** The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7lydPoqgLU first commercial]] is done in a very quiet and creepy manner as "The Caretaker" is shown picking out which tool he will use to dissect his victim alive with, via "eenie meenie minie moe". Upon uttering the last "moe", he picks up the chosen weapon, which looks like a dreadful combination of a surgical clamp and a pair of garden shears. The victim then silently gives an OhCrap look before the information for the event is given, with the ad's quiet mood then being broken as it ends with a JumpScare.
*** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UwjHk5tirA The second commercial]] features a couple walking down an ominous dark alley, not noticing that they're being watched. The wife then briefly suspects that something's up; only to soon have that suspicion confirmed when The Caretaker closes in on them with his surgical clamp, followed by the wife's scream.
*** The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLudX9WupHM third commercial]] has The Caretaker creepily messing around with the toes of his dead victims, while doing the "[[IronicNurseryTune This little piggy...]]" rhyme.
** 2003:
*** Perhaps the scariest out of all of them, the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwol6OZfNas first commercial]] features "The Director" forcing a jester to smile by ''impaling two hooks into each side of his cheeks'' and then pulling said hooks upwards. A single tear is briefly shown coming out of the jester's eye before The Director moves closer, and the last shot is of a jester bell that has a drop of blood on it falling down.
*** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIsIS6uF0Tk The second one]] is not as bad as the first, but that's not saying much. It shows The Director filming a victim he's placed in a ElectrifiedBathtub. He films the victim's sheer terror for a bit before turning on the bathtub, sporting a major SlasherSmile on his face as he does so. There's also a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVhX-PgkSkw black and white version]] of the ad that has the victim ''screaming'' in pain as he's being electrocuted to death. Both of these ads were considered extremely controversial when they were first released, [[http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2003-10-04/news/0310030517_1_halloween-horror-nights-shock-value-howl with many upset viewers attempting to get them taken off the air]].
*** This [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RxMFuz302k trio]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akvldPeDq-8 of]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2R0yRTPYT0 commercials]], features The Director talking about how he makes snuff films because of a very twisted form of DoingItForTheArt; along with showing some extra footage of the two above commercials.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZ_s0eeFqWk 2004]]: A man is shown walking into a completely white room, when arms and faces begin to start coming out of the wall. In terror, he flees out the door, only to find himself right back in the same room. This time, he sees a body bag get up and begin to unzip itself. In vain, he tries to run again but ends up in the room once more; where [[BloodyHorror the walls now begin to bleed]] while he watches in horror.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZ908sh_TSw 2005]]: What appears to be a kind old lady reading a bedtime story to a young man turns out to not be what it seems when she pulls back the bedsheets to reveal that the man is laying on a bed of nails. The camera then shows that there's a giant anvil hanging right above him, which the lady ("The Storyteller") is about to cut; but not before wishing him "sweet dreams". The anvil then falls towards the man as he lets out a horrific scream just before being forced into the nails.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIVUqpoIQis 2006]]: A victim finds himself waking up inside a giant glass box. As a series of feet are shown walking towards his location, he panics and desperately tries to get out, but to no avail. Looking above him, he now sees the event's four icons above him, here to celebrate the "Sweet 16" of the event. The Caretaker is about to "cut the cake" before the commercial ends.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOo_UPnSdpk 2007]]: A sketchy-looking carnival is shown as a man gets into a fortune teller tent. He sits in front of the fortune teller as said teller then brings out cards of [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Freddy Krueger]], [[Franchise/FridayThe13th Jason Voorhees]], and [[Franchise/TheTexasChainsawMassacre Leatherface]]. The man, puzzled, asks, "So what's my future?", to which the fortune teller then reveals himself as Jack the Clown, responding, "You don't have one!". Freddy and Jason then appear and briefly terrorize the man before Leatherface comes in for the kill.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvNzsG7NNr0 2008]]: [[MirrorMonster Bloody Mary]] is shown preparing herself (including ''[[BloodLust using blood as her lipstick]]'') as a man begins to summon her. As he says "Bloody Mary" the third time...[[JumpScare you can imagine what happens from there]]. Along with that, an [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfW7WY64yH8 unaired version]] of the commercial ends with Bloody Mary appearing behind a female victim and then [[NeckLift grabbing her by the throat and lifting her up]] as she desperately gasps for air.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIfCjWK60A0 2009]]: As the intermission song, "[[SoundtrackDissonance Let's All Go To The Lobby]]" plays, a trip to the concession stand goes horribly wrong as a man walks out to see that the area has been trashed, not noticing that [[Film/TheWolfman2010 The Wolfman]] and [[Film/ChildsPlay Chucky]] are hiding within the wreckage. He is then met with [[Franchise/{{Saw}} Billy]] riding in on his tricycle and announcing, "Let the game begin." Immediately after, the man finally notices The Wolfman and Chucky and screams as they lunge in for him. For the event in Hollywood, a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89DHKnqcVGE different version of the commercial]] was made, which replaces The Wolfman with one of Jigsaw's pig-masked minions.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dC5AnQilDm8 2010]]: A security guard patrols a warehouse filled with props from the event's past years until he notices a sole lantern acting strangely, realizing all too late that said lantern contains [[EldritchAbomination the personification of fear itself]], which then busts out of the lantern and kills the guard.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PcfQT-cZtE 2011]]: Music/FrankSinatra's "[[SoundtrackDissonance Luck Be A Lady]]" is heard as a much more sinister version of Lady Luck spins a victim on a wheel, [[EvilLaugh laughing]] the whole way through before eventually revealing her [[NightmareFace true face]].
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=965JWyULGYA 2012]]: A group of people appear chatting together, before someone comes in and screams at them to run, with it being revealed that he's running from a horde of zombies. They all desperately run and [[HopeSpot eventually manage to trap the zombies behind a gate]]...before it's shown that on the group's side of the gate lie ''far'' worse monsters that are threateningly standing behind them. Cue GoryDiscretionShot.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6WiIegtHlU 2013]]: A group of people are once again shown, this time standing in the middle of a forest. To their terror, they see an army of monsters running right towards them. They get down on the ground, only to be confused when all the monsters run right past them. It turns out that those monsters were actually running away from a much bigger creature (one that's [[TheUnReveal never shown]]). Via ShakyPOVCam, we see the creature moving right in for the group before the ad cuts to black. The commercial itself is actually a slightly shortened version of an advert that was [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_ujBTqFWU0 used for Hollywood's event in 2010 and 2011]].
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ll6jHbAVV54 2014]]: The [[Series/TheWalkingDead Walkers]] are shown breaking into an airport and wreaking havoc, with the commercial ending with one of them about to kill a ScreamingWoman. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqOJu8tnmJk The radio ad for the event]] acts a prequel to this, themed as a DistressCall a plane flight attendant is sending out, saying that all of the plane's passengers have been turned into the zombies and that she and the captain have locked themselves in the cockpit. Shortly after, the zombies can be heard breaking in, with the screams of the flight attendant quickly following.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnAV6XomJAs 2015]]: A couple is shown strapped to some chairs that's on top of an oversized spin board, before being greeted with "Chance", a demented-looking clowngirl, giving them a creepy smile. She then walks off and begins to spin the two while a vinyl record plays a creepy-version of "Pop Goes The Weasel". It's shown that there's three cages the spin board could end up facing, one that has [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Freddy Krueger]] in it, one with [[Franchise/FridayThe13th Jason Voorhees]] in it, and one with a horde of [[Series/TheWalkingDead Walkers]] inside. The spin board, along with the couple, end up facing the Walkers. Jack the Clown then emerges from the shadows and declares, "Looks like I win...again!", before releasing the undead monstrosities. As the Walkers close in on the now-screaming for dear life couple, Jack decides to also release Freddy and Jason just for the heck of it.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYTWNc78Fz0 2016]]: A man screams in horror as the camera pulls back to reveal [[Series/AmericanHorrorStory Twisty]], [[Franchise/TheTexasChainsawMassacre Leatherface]], [[Series/TheWalkingDead Walkers]], and [[Film/TheExorcist Regan [=MacNeil=]]], before moving to show "Chance" screaming with sinister excitement. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYVTPG_Jxmo An alternate version]] of the commercial released for the Hollywood event instead ends on Regan doing her infamous ExorcistHead move. '''[[SensoryAbuse It's best to lower your volume before watching both ads.]]'''
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbPVDMfbJvI 2017]]: This commercial, directed by Creator/EliRoth, depicts a group of friends being led into a freaky-looking house party where things quickly take a turn for the worst as they come across [[Film/TheShining the Grady Twins, Jack Torrance]], and [[Franchise/{{Saw}} a woman struggling in a reverse-bear trap as Billy watches]], before the group is attacked by the [[Series/AmericanHorrorStoryRoanoke Piggy Man]].
* The commercials for the Universal Studios Singapore version of Halloween Horror Nights:
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLIFkpyuWLc 2011]]: An aspiring actress arrives at a seedy-looking location for a film audition, where she ends up receiving far more than what she had bargained for as The Director comes out and terrorizes her while filming everything with his camera.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuSq9h8-dGo 2012]]: A couple is shown desperately trying to escape from a narrow space, and are then cornered by two demented figures, one of which takes the woman away. The man desperately tries to run after her, but is met with a dark Egyptian priest that breathes demonic bats at his face, knocking him out. Upon waking up, he sees that his girlfriend has been turned into a human-marionette by "The Puppet Master", who then offers the screaming man to "join his collection".
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osv96mYoMEw 2013]]: Not really containing much of a plot, this commercial consists of a series of shots depicting three twisted sisters going nuts and tormenting two victims.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNismv7PCZw 2014]]: A powerful world leader walks past an adoring crowd of citizens and into his office, where he shows his true self as he transforms into a demon while giving the camera a KubrickStare.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-bmnKYYDK4 2015]]: Probably worth noting that this one flat-out starts off with a [[ContentWarnings viewer discretion warning]]. In it, the moon is shown being experiencing an eclipse that turns it into the "Blood Moon", which causes numerous dark forces to start appearing; which all eventually builds up to the graphic ending shot of a bloodied body being dragged away. Most notably of all, the commercial's [[TheStinger stinger]] contains a ''very'' effective JumpScare.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4h0f04mP6pg 2016]]: This ad is quite unrelentless, to say the least. A man is shown investigating a mirror... that a MirrorMonster suddenly appears out of and pull him in. The man finds himself inside a seafood restaurant, where he is attacked by the restaurant's diseased and zombie-like employees before being saved in the nick of time by a glamourous woman that not too long after reveals that she's actually a werewolf-like monster and attempts to kill him. After seemingly escaping her, the man ends up inside a morgue where the bodies start coming back to life. He attempts to dash towards the exit, but discovers that he's still trapped within the mirror and is then taken down by the inhabitants he came across earlier.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSvIQPBHvhg These]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBLQMJHtiCU three]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcQg05lvvts commercials]] for Universal Studios Japan's HHN start off scary, but then very swiftly become NightmareRetardant as, unlike all of the above ads, the victims shown in it are in the end ''hardly'' scared by the terrifying situations they get into.
* The commercials for the Theatre/HowlOScream event at Ride/BuschGardens:
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibq3k0t6kiM 2005]]: This one is rather simple yet pretty effective, showing creepy close-ups of a child's room whilst the narrator talks about how childhood fears never truly go away. The toys in the room are then shown coming to life and causing mayhem, with the commercial then closing on shots of blood seeping out of a jack-in-the-box and a baby doll doing a very disturbing smile.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAq7bDxvVig 2008]]: Two twins preparing for a date gets progressively more and more demented-looking before they open the door for their date, revealing that [[TwoFaced both of their faces are horrifically disfigured on one side]] as they then proceed to yank the screaming man inside to be killed.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAaxNFLSpHA 2009]]: A normal-looking fashion catwalk presentation quickly takes a horrifying turn when the models reveal that they're blood-thirsty vampires and massacre the audience.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNwTqR5A-to 2010]]: What at first looks like some sort of music video gets disturbing when the lead punk rock singer brings a man backstage and proceeds to ''[[{{Fingore}} rip his index finger off]]''.
** [[https://youtu.be/1pcQc2qAfHA?t=3s 2011]]: Several shots of a very creepy-looking garden are shown, with an also-creepy lullaby being played. These shots then build up to a rose opening up to reveal that it has an eye in it, before a series of shots of zombies and screaming victims are shown. The commercial then (of course) ends on one final JumpScare courtesy of a female zombie.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdt3EE5kVow 2012]]: Continuing from the previous year's commercial, this ad depicts a man being yanked into a grave by a living vine and then BuriedAlive.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbz2StcQQpU 2014]]: A group of friends accidentally listen to a cursed song, causing all sources of light in the house to go out as the group is teleported into a forest filled with [[{{Wendigo}} wendigos]]; the final shots of the commercial showing the wendigos putting their hands all over the victims' faces.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkIisW8HWdk 2015]]: Shown entirely from the perspective of a camera, an excavation worker films himself going into a mysterious home buried beneath the ground. His findings only get progressively creepier until he accidentally awakens the home's demonic owner, who then proceeds to kill him.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVoy9aTLSoA 2016]]: An evil puppeteer is shown designing several puppets, which, as you might have guessed, quickly come to life and wreak havoc.
* Knott's Scary Farm:
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8op52vYPtfY 2012]]: It's revealed that berries aren't the only thing that's being produced at the farm, as a farmer is shown breeding and raising a wide variety of zombies, before herding them into a truck that'll take them into the park to terrorize guests.
** 2016:
*** The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJ_qVsycv3w first commercial]] shows a man getting a little too curious for his own good and walking in on an evil dentist pulling out the teeth of one of his victims. The dentist quickly notices the man and lunges right in for him.
*** The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8tdzZ_BB8k second commercial]] depicts a similar situation to the above, where a woman comes across a decrepit room filled with the sounds of creepy laughter and foolishly decides to walk forward; eventually discovering the source of some of the laughter: a MonsterClown, that then laughs manically as she screams.
*** In the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXVHAN703f0 third commercial]], another woman finds herself in the middle of a morgue where the dead bodies begin to come to life. She freaks out and runs into a room for protection, only to discover that in the room with her is a group of sinister surgeons with deformed faces.
* Fright Nights at Warner Bros. Movie World:
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0CXncl62ZI 2015]]: A group of teens become trapped inside the park at night and then find themselves being chased by an army of zombies and monsters. They soon [[HopeSpot come across the park's exit gate, with a security guard making sure it's locked]]. They frantically beg the guard to unlock the gates, until said guard turns towards them, reveals that he himself is a monster, and smiles evilly at them. Through a GoryDiscretionShot, the group is then mowed down by the monster horde.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CB9ksjLl_YI 2016]]: Two girls find themselves in the middle of ''Film/TheConjuring2'' as one of them is possessed in a manner most unpleasant while the other girl's fate is left uncertain. The advert ends with the possessed girl proclaiming that the park is hers and then uttering a very-dramatic GetOut.
* Even the Ride/DisneyThemeParks have gotten in on this. This [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIzopPqhzmk 2007 commercial]] for Hong Kong Disneyland's Haunted Halloween event shows a group of teens going into a haunted hotel. The two boys decide to mess with the girl by locking her inside. Once locked in, she quickly witnesses the piano playing itself and promptly screams. She then sees much of the hotel's furniture start to come to life before the commercial cuts back to the boys outside. Their laughter quickly turns into screaming once they see the girl walk back out to them...with her head twisted backwards.
** There's also [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVmizE8Xvrs an alternate version]] of the commercial that features no people in it, just some unnerving shots of the abandoned hotel coming to life.
* Chicagoan tropers might have to contend with [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/image_094.jpg this online ad]], which was released in 2016 for The Basement of the Dead haunted houses in Aurora, Illinois. It features a woman wearing a creepy, painted-on doll mask staring right into your soul.
* Halloween Fright Nights at Walibi Holland:
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMsgt1uAKXE 2015]]: A group of people on a roller coaster arrive back at the unloading station, only to see that the ride operator has been killed. To their side, they then see a bunch of monsters trying to bust through a door to get at them. The riders futilely attempt to lift their safety harnesses before "Eddie the Clown" appears and opens the door for the monsters, who then proceed to devour the guests in what just barely qualifies as a GoryDiscretionShot.
** 2016:
*** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PQlncjD8jc The first commercial]] is shown through the perspective of a camera, as a man videotapes himself screaming in excitement while enjoying the park, just before things go south when the camera shows him being knocked out and kidnapped, and later him screaming in terror as he's being BuriedAlive in a coffin.
*** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oup1zDoGT2g The second commercial]] focuses on a creepy woman quietly breaking into the house where a sleepover appears to be going on. She makes it into the room where everyone is sleeping when a photograph falls over, waking up one of the guests. The awakened girl looks around the room, but doesn't see anything, not realizing that the creepy woman is now under her bed. The undead woman then crawls out from under the bed, as the commercial then cuts to the outside of the house, where the screams of all the house occupants can be heard from.
* A Local Haunted House has a radio ad that starts with a guy calling [=OnStar=], "This is [=OnStar=], how can we help you?", The guy mumbles, then screams "They're trying to get into the car!", "Oh, you need to get into your car, let me just unlock those doors.", "NO! They're trying to... ", sound of unlocking doors, screams and growls and groaning. "Is there anything else we can help you with today?", Demonic voice, "No, he'ssss... goooood."
---> [[Creator/{{HPLovecraft}} YOU FOOL, WARREN IS DEAD!!!]]

[[folder: Health Products]]
* There was a commercial for a carb bar, and it took place in a baby shower. One of the women in said shower offered the pregnant woman some cake, to which the pregnant woman declined, instead sticking to eating said carb bar. Then, without warning, the face of the woman who offered the cake went all demonic and scary. Also a case of WhatWereTheySellingAgain, as absolutely ''no one'' knows the name of the carb bar being advertised.
* People laughed when [=LifeCall=] / [=LifeAlert=] did their famous [[MemeticMutation "I've fallen, and I can't get up!"]] commercial. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4JzxG0cnpg They aren't laughing now.]]
* Some anti-depressant commercials choose to portray the "depression" as a cute little blob of sadness. Apparently, some sadist in charge of a commercial advertising anti-abdominal pain/diarrhea medicine thought that this was a neat concept, and designed [[http://image.cdn.ispot.tv/ad/AYS4/xifaxan-you-know-the-symptoms-large-5.jpg this horrifying thing]]: a happy, smiling ''lump of knotted intestine''.
* Print adverts for Risperdal, an antipsychotic medication, feature pastel drawings of people having schizophrenic episodes. All effectively drive home the slogan's message that relapses "are a living nightmare".
** [[https://files1.coloribus.com/preview/x600/files/adsarchive/part_1485/14850305/file/antipsychotic-for-schizophrenia-boiling-rain-medium-53310.jpg Bryn]] believes that his Scottish descendants sear his flesh with boiling rain. The image depicts just that, as Bryn kneels in the rain -- hands buried in face -- as steam rises from his cowering body.
** [[https://files1.coloribus.com/preview/x600/files/adsarchive/part_1485/14850255/file/antipsychotic-for-schizophrenia-witches-medium-90768.jpg Mary]] remains seated in a chair, dehydrated and unable to control her bowels, claiming witches are perched on her back. Said witches are depicted as black-hooded beings with creepy, emotionless humanoid faces. The kicker? Mary couldn't move for ''three days''.
** [[https://files1.coloribus.com/preview/x600/files/adsarchive/part_1485/14850205/file/antipsychotic-for-schizophrenia-rotting-flesh-medium-43972.jpg Edward]] hallucinates that other peoples' flesh ''rot and fall off''. The art style makes his horrified face rather creepy-looking.
** [[https://files1.coloribus.com/preview/x600/files/adsarchive/part_1485/14850155/file/antipsychotic-for-schizophrenia-dog-woman-medium-48240.jpg Amelia]] believes herself to be stalked by a menacing dog...and that she and the dog [[HalfHumanHybrid are merged together]].
** [[https://files1.coloribus.com/preview/x600/files/adsarchive/part_1485/14850105/file/antipsychotic-for-schizophrenia-chest-dwellers-medium-95974.jpg Andrew]] thinks demons inhabit his chest; the image depicts him unbuttoning his shirt to reveal a cluster of tiny, bald heads. Perhaps the most surreal of the bunch.
* The "Crime in America" infomercial, broadcast in the mid-90s as an advertisement for a self-defense stun gun, begins with a viewer discretion warning before hitting the viewer with a fast-paced montage of child abuse, date rape, gang violence, home intrusion, old people being robbed, voyeurism...pretty much any crime you can think of that would give the average housewife enough nightmares to convince her to buy a stun gun. We also hear the audio of a woman's frantic 911 call as a man is inside her house; we hear her shout "No, leave me alone!", and her fate is left unknown. See it for yourself [[https://youtu.be/Hb3cr2s_Zcc?t=126 here]].

[[folder: Insurance]]
* Geico
** The "[[http://youtu.be/SkGTtBlW458 This]] [[http://youtu.be/QxsQgk0Z2bc is]] [[http://youtu.be/RsHXMxoCXeU the]] money you could be saving with Geico" ads. They feature a stack of bills with unblinking googly eyes, just staring into the camera. The song playing in the background, "Somebody's Watching Me", turns the ad from UncannyValley into ParanoiaFuel, although it is mild compared to some of the items on this list, given that it straddles the line between creepy and [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter cute]].
** In [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6VW2aeR2FY this spoof]] of children's cereal commercials, the CGI mascot looks rather horrifying at the end, when he removes his CoolShades, glares at the viewer in closeup, and asks, "Why haven't you called Geico?"
* [[https://www.YouTube.com/watch?v=0LLeyKge0Qs This Progressive ad]] begins with a mom driving a car. She briefly turns around to look at her infant. All of a sudden, a person from the car's hood pops out and begins sucking the window, complete with Main/ScareChord. She turns back and screams apon seeing said person. Even more people pop up, and she tries to get rid of them in various ways. The ad ends with her placing Progressive's Snapshot into the car, and the people slide off the car and walk away.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMDWwVCpDug The singing Truck ad]] from Safe Auto. It's pure Uncanny Valley. If a vehicle is going to sing, you expect the hood to open, not the bumper. You would spend years expecting the area between the bumper and the grill of vehicles to open up and bite you. And you sure don't expect the headlights to suddenly to look just like eyes and stare at you but be unable to turn, as if it can't see anything directly to its right or left. Then it openly mocks the other vehicles that break down for trying to move loads that are too heavy. It would be like watching a human break their leg and then someone else just sing about how funny that was and walk away.
* In a current Geico radio commercial, the narrator talks about how she's jealous of Geico's job. She tells the listener she is a glue stick, and her job is to be used with kids. The ad is silly until the end, we hear the sound of children running in from reccess and that's when it becomes scary. The voice starts to try to catch the attention of the school teacher not being heard wanting to be saved, as the children is obviousbly going to use her up. Then the commerical ends without any resolution.


[[folder: Movies]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGAHtWV7Ua8 The original trailer]] for ''Film/{{Alien}}'' is this all the way. It starts off by showing various clips of the film with a HeartbeatSoundtrack and the intermittent sound of a frighteningly inhuman wail playing in the background, before the clips get progressively creepier and creepier, which builds up into everything plummeting into pure insanity as we're then shown quick clips of utter chaos and the characters screaming. The trailer then cuts to complete silence, ending with the iconic tagline being shown:
--> '''In space, no one can hear you scream.'''
* Promotional posts for the 2015 ''Film/{{Poltergeist}}'' reboot on Website/{{Tumblr}} use a gif of a clown with a red nose pulling up. Once it reaches the top, it stays still for a while, until it [[JumpScare jumps at you.]] It was so controversial that Tumblr users began advising mobile users to scroll down. [[http://poltergeistmovie.tumblr.com/post/118477242125/look-closely-kevin-weir-continues-our-series Link here.]]
** Even more annoying than that, they were paid sponsor posts (which are scrappies in their own right) and would show up on ''everyone's'' feeds regardless of who they were following. This additionally led Tumblr users to advise those who are upset or triggered by such ads to install adblock so the ''Poltergeist'' ads (and all other ads) would be avoided.
* A 1960 radio ad for the film ''Film/{{Psycho}}'' had Hitchcock compare a film (referred to as BrandX) to his film. The BrandX film had the sounds of horses running and neighing. Hitchcock then says, "Brand X is a western, now for my film." After this, [[JumpScare a loud woman's scream is heard.]]
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HALL5-PZu4 This]] TV Spot for [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion The End of Evangelion]] is just as screwed up as the movie.

[[folder:Other Food]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sz8mpVRiQ_g This]] ad for Danish Bacon, modeled after the Exorcist. The full version of the ad, which showed the girl snarling and a creaking noise playing as her head spins round, was removed from TV after around 200 concerned parents complained to the Independent Television Commission about the scariness of it. They did permit this version to stay on the air but it could be shown only after the 9pm "watershed." Said version attempts to dilute the scariness by playing unfitting circus music as the girl's head spins, but, in all cases, just makes it even worse.
* Back in 2009, there was a Planter's Peanuts commercial on the radio where an interviewer was speaking with an older man who ran the facility where they gave Planter's Peanuts their characteristic crunch. When the interviewer asked why Planter's Peanuts were so crunchy, the older man, who had a vaguely Germanic accent, exclaimed that they used [[IAmAHumanitarian "the rendered fat from boiled children"]] and laughed maniacally. Then, to put the cherry on top, the ad ended with a child's scream followed by a crunch.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ud8p8gxqpJ4 This]] Eggo commercial with a boy trying to steal Eggos from his little sister, who's innocently talking to her doll while eating Eggos. But as he reaches for her plate, she suddenly turns into a Medusa-like monster and shouts "Get away from my Eggo!" in a monstrous voice ala the Clown with the Tear-Away Face from ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas''. Her brother is so scared, he sits there petrified with his mouth hung open and his sister continues talking to her doll as if nothing happened.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_fxLZb_qXY This 1950s Green Giant vegetables ad.]] The people who made this ad sure did a good job making the Jolly Green Giant not so jolly looking.
* There used to be a biscuit snack called Munchsters back in the day, and there was a rather freaky [[http://youtu.be/VxytgJUwXtw advert]] for it with a rather [[UncannyValley odd sock puppet man]] and a creepy child's voice at the end.
* That one Kraft Macaroni and Cheese ad from 1993 had a boy making a [[NightmareFace scary-but-funny face]] and emitting screechy noises at random with his unusually large lips. Just imagine the viewer reaction from little kids.
* This [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ag-lLfzGsTE French cheese ad]] shows a young woman peacefully eating some cheese by the waterfront and listening to music, when suddenly a highly realistic giant monster (looking like a more cartoony version of Gwoemul) leaps out of the water and causes havoc among the crowd. It notices her and starts racing towards her. She looks up and gasps just as it jumps on her and [[SwallowedWhole swallows her whole]] (complete with muffled screaming)! Luckily enough, the ad does get better when the [[TooSpicyForYogSothoth monster gets indigestion]] and spits her out into the water and instead chooses the cheese she was eating at the time, as well as the fact that the whole thing is a light-hearted parody of ''Film/TheHost''. Still, the sight of a monster suddenly devouring a young woman can be very unsettling the first time.

[[folder: Personal Care Products]]
* Old Spice's "Momsong"/"Dadsong" ad campaign runs on the principle that Freud was right, featuring tearful mothers stalking their teenage sons as they go on dates and fathers rejoicing at having the competition out of the house, singing all the while. If this Oedipal nightmare weren't creepy enough on its own, at the end of the Dadsong spot where one mother's arms extend snakily over her husband's shoulders, across the living room floor, and up the wall to stroke a picture of her son. The visuals combined with the theme will make you want a shower (and not with Old Spice). See Mom Song [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_MJOSHtKeo here]] and Dad Song [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKhqUOncefY here.]] In the bright side, the ads are pretty hilarious.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_r7yKaDxGvc Back in the 1980's, there was a Japanese commercial for Kleenex.]] This ad featured a woman in a white dress and an infant dressed as a creature from Japanese mythology in a red room that was empty except for some Kleenex. The ad had [[EarWorm very unfitting, but catchy music (It's A Fine Day, by Miss Jane).]] The ads received complaints from Japanese viewers, who said the imagery and the song (which some claimed sounded similar to a German curse) were disturbing, and were subsequently pulled off the air.
** Due to the ad's disturbing nature, there has been talk that the commercial was cursed and that everyone involved in the production of the ad either died or suffered terribly. For example, many say that the infant was killed by the paint used on it for the ad, and depending on the version of the myth you're hearing, the woman either killed herself in a mental asylum or gave birth to a demon baby.
** There was also a rumor that if the ad was played at midnight, it would become very distorted and would be even more creepy. In addition, many believed that the viewing of this ad at midnight would curse the viewer and ultimately cause their death shortly after.
** There was also [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_H9N0vctk0 another ad]] that aired around the same time, that also tried to be charming with the little girl dressed as an angel while blowing around tissues in slo-mo, but the dark shed setting accompanied with the creepy Gregorian chanting suggests the opposite. It's practically a DadaAd.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VjHfKPmpRA An advertisement for Sure woman's deodorant]] featured women riding a "ghost train" attraction at a carnival, which features UncannyValley animatronic displays that portray typical life situations that girls face which might cause them to sweat (a teacher yelling at them to "come up to the blackboard", a puppet father showing off his embarrassing dance moves, and an unnerving [[CreepyChild little boy]] on a bicycle). Some might find the ad [[{{Narm}} hilarious]], while others might be unsettled by the out-worldly mannequins.
-->'''Child Animatronic:''' ''[innocently]'' I like to read... ''[sinisterly]'' '''[[NightmareRetardant YOUR EMAILS!]]''' ''[laughs manically as the girls in the car scream in horror]]''
** They made [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYgtebVk5bc another one]], featuring the teacher and creepy little boy from the first advert, along with different new scenes: a father figure coming to "collect [the riders]" at a rave, an grandmother showing her newly-made knitted sweater, and two parents chastising the riders for returning home late. A horror movie-like soundtrack plays throughout. Special points go to the part in the beginning with a child puppet watching in the shadows, the teacher literally [[OffWithHisHead losing her head]] -- which bobs from strings whilst laughing -- and the little boy animatronic at the end, which actually ''chases after the ride vehicle!''
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZ4uLm8jcws There's a U.S. version made for Degree Girl]], that starts the same way. It starts with teacher, who tells them "You girls, come to the front of the class!", followed by the father who comes to take them home, and instead of the boy on a bicycle, it's replaced by a police officer who tells them, "License and registration" please, causing the girls to scream.

[[folder: Pest Control]]
* Orkin had a series of commercials in which a creepy person repeatedly tries to get into suburban homes using a variety of flimsy stories, such as [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TfYABolovE delivering a pizza]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8xXv1NOeXI his car broke down and he wants to call his brother]], etc. The creepy part is that the person is a six-foot tall termite/ant/cockroach. Not a guy in a cute costume, but a ''giant, talking, realistic-looking CG insect'' that sounds like a serial killer. One can hope that someone thought it would be funny, perhaps they wanted it to be just a little creepy. What they managed was "Giant alien insects are going to try and con their way into your homes to rape you and dangle your intestines from the ceiling". That would suffice better for an ad for a new shotgun. There's another one where a giant mosquito tries to get into a pool with a couple that were having a romantic moment. He drops his swimsuit and asks "are we...dipping skinny" before the Orkin guy shows up.
** [[http://youtu.be/RBCe6go6NXE This one]] has a vacationing family return to find two rats playing guitar in their living room. One of the rats says "You were not supposed to be back until Sunday." and then adds "we could use the boy on drums" in this menacing tone that sounds like he's going to rape and murder them all then and there. Makes the Orkin guy practically look like a BigDamnHero.
** And just when you thought it couldn't get worse... During the 2011 bedbug scare in New York City, Orkin released a new commercial about a woman chatting with someone in a singles bar...a someone that was another six-foot, realistic looking bedbug. That alone is terrifying, but the ending sees the bedbug asking her, "What do you say we go back to your place?" Considering what kind of creature this is, and where you find them, the UnfortunateImplications couldn't be any clearer.
* Mild these days perhaps, but [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqRY2-aCfAc this Australian ad]] for flyspray.

[[folder: Political Advertisements]]
* The very first negative political TV ad in the United States was Lyndon B.Johnson's iconic 1964 campaign ad [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDTBnsqxZ3k "Daisy"]]. A little girl innocently counts the petals on a flower in a meadow, before looking up suddenly, at which point the frame freezes and we are treated to an extreme close-up of her eye. While this occurs, a male announcer has begun counting down to one. At the count of one, shots of nuclear explosions and firestorms play until the ad concludes with Lyndon Johnson's voice: "These are the stakes: to make a world in which all of God's children can live, or to go into the dark. We must either love each other, or we must die." Then the voiceover, by sportscaster Chris Schenkel: "Vote for President Johnson on Nov 3. The stakes are too high for you to stay home." The ad -- obviously referencing Cold War nuclear paranoia -- was broadcast only once and has since gone down in history as one of the most successful ads ever: Johnson won a landslide victory.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wo_Ejfc5hW8 Tom Campbell. Is he what he tells us?]] Yes, it's Carly Fiorina's infamous "Demon Sheep" advert, widely considered one of the weirdest political adverts ever made.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hM0CBfwI_Ck This Nixon ad]] from 1968 shows still frames from what appears to be the Democratic National Convention, with patriotic music playing in the background. However, every time the ad focuses on Hubert Humphrey, the image is distorted, the music turns into a creepy echo, and we're shown images of violence, war, and poverty. At the end, before the image begins to distort once more, the ad suddenly shifts to [[NothingIsScarier text on a black background, with no music playing, asking the viewer to vote like their world depended on it.]]

[[folder: Sit-Down Restaurants]]
* In early-1995, Chuck E. Cheese's ran a pretty spooky commercial where three kids were at a German, Chinese and Mexican restaurant looking at their food in disgust (with some pretty creepy culture-appropriate music playing in the background - such as an off-key yodeler for the German restaurant). The kids all whined "I should've said Chuck E. Cheese please" and were abruptly teleported to a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lt_OS54FFFE This 1969 ad]] for IHOP tries to be whimsical with its Moog synthesizer music, Chipmunk singing and footage of a family running in slow motion, but the execution is just disturbingly surreal.

[[folder: Satellite TV Providers]]
* In 1998, when British Sky Broadcasting where launching their new Sky Digital TV satellite service -which as of 2014 is still in service- in order to promote their launch, [=BSkyB=] composed [[http://www.theguardian.com/media/video/2009/feb/05/bskyb-advertising this advertisement]] of different 90s era televisions seemingly moving, floating and flying about and... -wreaking themselves apart in various and apparently brutal and violent ways. \\
This at first might not sound like much; however, along with all the different TV sets doing everything from flying about, breaking their own exteriors or just plain exploding on the spot, there are messages appearing on the screen of each television something along the line of ''I have so much more to give'' and ''I can do so much more'', all while being shown in various locations ranging from a darkly lit living room, to the middle of a forest in the night, to a hospital ward on a patient's bed to a children's roundabout right in the middle of a deserted Beach-Cliffside like something out of Prypiat, Ukraine meets the opening to 'Film/Terminator2Judgmentday' (Flaming TV set not withstanding). \\
Couple that with a disturbing choir-soundtrack and substantially executed quick an dramatic editing of all these situations much like something you would expect to see in an 'Aphex Twin' music video, all to get to the view of another Cliffside with more [=TV=]s attempting to throw themselves of the cliff, only to be stopped by a sky digital truck passing by, before the advert's intended message comes up saying that: ''From this day forth, all televisions great and small will be able to reach their full potential'' followed by: '''Sky Digital''' ''It's what your television's been crying out for''. \\

* The [=DirecTV=] ads that are meant to show how ugly wires are - they have a man married to a woman who is a puppet with wires. This gets really creepy in the [[http://youtu.be/U_VjL5Y67nc second commercial]] where the man's son, also a puppet appears. The implications are that the guy is having sex with a puppet and produces a puppet offspring. A [[http://youtu.be/Vx2OSU6YdPo third commercial]] has the puppet woman trying to look sexy for her husband.

[[folder: Stores]]
* "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZw0p6WsPQg Sortie en Mer]]" is an interactive ad/game by Guy Cotten, an outdoor clothing and equipment store from France. The name of the ad translates into "A Trip to the Sea", but it is more commonly known in English as the "'''drowning simulator'''". The end of this horror show tells you to always wear a life jacket when you go out boating, but by the time you get to that point, you'll likely avoid the sea like the cold abyssal deathtrap that it is.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paDU6ArDcAU This 2014 IKEA ad]] shouldn't be NightmareFuel. Unfortunately, due to the narrator's CreepyMonotone and the lack of context to her words, it is.

[[folder: Television Shows/Networks]]
* To advertise new episodes of ''Series/TheHeartSheHoller'', Creator/AdultSwim would randomly throw a JumpScare into commercials for their other shows. To make matters worse, they would show up in the middle of the night. People were so ticked off by it that some refused to watch the channel until the promos are taken down.
** The series most notably had [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UYHTKdMg24 this ad]], which consists of nothing but Meemaw (one of the show's characters) laughing wickedly while blood comes out of her mouth. Not exactly something you would want to see in the middle of the night.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDml5dFtL5Y All of the teaser ads]] for ''Series/AmericanHorrorStory'''s sixth season are short but in no way sweet. Depicted in the individual ads are scenes of bugs crawling across a woman's face, hands coming out of a staircase and grabbing a victim's ankle, a man getting "?6" ''stapled into his scalp'', a woman swallowing an eyeball, a creepy doll coming to life, and oh so much more.
* When easportsbig899 compiled his "Top 10 Scary Adverts", he chose ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jj1VPc1Y1Xs this]]'' for the #1 spot. In case you're wondering ([[WhatWereTheySellingAgain and you will if you watch it]]), it's a TNT promo, and it's an indescribably horrific blend of MindScrew and SurrealHorror. Seriously, ''what the hell is going on here?!''
* An Autumn 2011 Discovery UK ad for ''Series/DeadliestCatch'' is this: a deep man's voice singing a slow version of "Row Row Row Your Boat" while clips from the show play in the background, with no context for any of them.
* There was an ad in the '90s for ''Series/The700Club''. The ad began with a shot of Earth from space, and the narrator ominously asked, "Could ''this'' be the end?" And immediately after, ''the Earth explodes''. The narrator then says to buy a book about "the signs of the times". Okay, for any child who happened to be in the same room when this ad came on, it's scary.
* The recent ads for Shark Week on the Discovery Channel featuring a cute little seal being released into the ocean on a gurney. [[ForegoneConclusion You only get three guesses]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_i3PPe3i9Y as to what happens next]]. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4s7g1sBUwo He was OK in the end though]]!
* Back when GSN was still Game Show Network, they had an ad featuring two clips from ''Series/ThePriceIsRight:'' the first showed Bob Barker remarking that both Showcase Showdown contestants had made the same bid, and it had never happened before. The second clip was from an earlier episode showing it had happened before. Nothing scary yet...until the screen fades to black with the message, "Be careful what you say...[[BigBrotherIsWatching Game Show Network is watching.]]"
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_T1EdSaH80 This ad for Mexican TV channel Canal 5.]] The narrator talks in a demonic voice about how the tv channel will trap your five senses as he changes the channels in the TV. A couple watching it dismisses it, calling them clowns and turning off the TV. [[spoiler: Then, the narrator tells them that they may turn the TV off, but that they can't escape. The couple panics in horror as they realize that they are trapped on a TV. The narrator laughs as the ads ends.]]
** [[http://youtu.be/1ecbxtdFFPc?t=6m2s Another one from the same TV channel]] has a man walking up to open the fridge while the TV is functioning in the background, then ''a monstrous hand comes out from the fridge and grabs the screaming man into it'', the TV then shows static for a few moments until it then shows the man ''trapped underwater'' looking around confused.
* Spanish's TV horror channel ''Calle 13'' used to run what they called [[https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL965AE7A83C842D9A ''idents'']]: tiny pieces of psychological horror (and sometimes {{Fridge Horror}}) who varied between "oh, that's creepy" and "HOLY FUCK":
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsg60pSi7n4 "Andén (Platform)"]]: A man is waiting in an empty train station [[spoiler: and another man gets behind him, ready to push him onto the tracks as a train comes in]].
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIkzI0TK5fU "Báscula (Scales)"]]: We see a closeup of somebody measuring their weight [[spoiler: then the noise of a chainsaw is heard, and the weight starts to go down]].
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKObaNgurrU "Bate (Bat)"]]: A man is in a sports store, looking over the baseball bats [[spoiler: probably looking for one strong enough to smash someone's head in]].
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODiipDtR5Uo "Contenedor (Container)"]]: The camera zooms on a dumpster, but then some men moves it out of the way [[spoiler: and we see a suspicious trash bag (probably a body) hidden behind]].
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urGruMIFWJ4 "Cielo (Heaven/Sky)"]]: Probably the most creepy of all of them. We start with a nice shot of a blue sky and the sun [[spoiler:and then, very slowly, the [[BuriedAlive lid of a coffin covers the sight]]]].
*** This one could be interpreted as a [[AdultFear different kind of nightmare fuel...]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpvXszBh4bU "Diana (Bullseye)"]]: All we see is a dartboard. As the camera zooms in, we see two darts being thrown at the dartboard, [[spoiler:and hear a third being thrown at ''something'' offscreen]].
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IS8TiCuPg6Q "Jardín (Garden)"]]: We see a normal house, with a telephone ringing inside it. [[spoiler:Then the camera pans down, while the telephone sounds closer and closer, until it focus on the garden, where there's something buried...]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqmet5_ntHM "Patito (Duckling)"]]: The camera zooms on a bathtub, where we can hear air bubbles pop [[spoiler: and suddenly a rubber duck emerges from under the water (for bonus points, it then turns to look towards the camera slightly)]].
** [[https://youtu.be/LwJTxmb8dG0 "Ascensor (Elevator)"]]": The camera pans towards an elevator in an empty building. [[spoiler: It opens, only to reveal a suitcase with no one next to it.]]
** [[https://youtu.be/9so68JZ-Xc8 "Copas (Wine Glasses)"]]: A shot of two glasses filled with wine, with someone briefly moving in front and walking away. [[spoiler: A pair of hands [[PoisonedChaliceSwitcheroo then swaps their place]].]]
** [[https://youtu.be/W7-qeXn3_m0 "Lista (List)"]]: Someone is seen highlighting something in a book. [[spoiler: It appears to be a list of names in a phone book. Perhaps he's making a hit list?]]
** [[https://youtu.be/xj8lpmy4RGw "Maletero (Trunk)"]]: A man has trouble closing a trunk. [[spoiler: It may or may not contain a body.]]
** [[https://youtu.be/jZoVzlhBtXY "Parque (Park)"]]: A shot of a chair swing ride currently not being ridden on that seems normal [[spoiler: until it pans up to show a someone working on a ladder]].
** They also made two other idents for a promotion called "Total Action."
*** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBdPKMJig2A The first one]] has a teen walk into a bus, shortly after, a woman panics, trying to stop the bus and telling the driver, "We're going to die!" [[spoiler: At the end, a well dressed businessman goes up and tells everyone to stay still or risk being shot.]]
*** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3noF5xKddhg The other one]] has a young man and a woman at a supermarket, with a worker near them. Then, the worker squirts ketchup around himself, pleading for help. The other people look at him weirdly. [[spoiler: It ends with the young man opening up his jacket filled with bombs, threatening to set them off.]]
*** A closer look a both shows that [[DefangedHorrors there's no real danger in either ad]] and they're depicting ordinary folks acting out action movie cliches for fun: the [[spoiler: businessman is merely holding up a newspaper]] and the young man in the second ad has a [[spoiler: bunch of artichokes strapped to his chest, not grenades]]. They can still be alarming at first glance, though.
** Another series of idents all played out the say. Each started out with a perfectly normal situation, only for someone to hold up a photograph that can give [[FridgeHorror certain implications...]]
*** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUGE1zX0rLE Parking]]: A man is packing up his car. Someone holds up a tablet. What's playing on the tablet? [[spoiler: A guy stuffing a dead body into his trunk. The fact that the body's legs are [[SpecialEffectsFailure obviously fake]] can either make the situation [[NightmareRetardant better]] or [[UncannyValley worse]]]].
*** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkgHHedt9Zw Secuestrado]] ([[spoiler:Kidnaped]]): The camera shows a waiting room, with a guy reading a newspaper. [[spoiler:Someone holds up a picture of a guy (who too has a newspaper, though is just showing the headline) with a gun pointed at his head]].
*** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZAHHWobMvI Vértigo]] (...Guess): Some walks up to a curb, with the camera pointed at their feet. [[spoiler:They then hold up a picture of them [[DrivenToSuicide standing on the edge of a building]]]].
*** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97vOgctAQfc A variant]] had a similar scenario, but instead of a photograph, the person hold up a smartphone playing footage of [[spoiler:a guy [[HangingByTheFingers hanging by his fingers]]]].
*** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqhbHeJCnD0 Barbería]] (Barber): Camera shows a guy getting a shave. The cameraman starts reading a newspaper. He turns the page, what's the headline? [[spoiler:An earthquake is expected]].
*** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QyRYOUnMb0 Boda]] (Wedding): Camera is centered on a church, with a 1930's car parked nearby, decorated. [[spoiler:Cameraman holds up a picture of a similar car, only riddled with bullet holes]].
*** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQdOcuWG4kM Chica duerme]] (Sleeping Girl): We see a woman sleeping with the lights on. Seems peaceful. [[spoiler:But then, the cameraman holds up what seems to be a dark green filter, giving the footage a creepy night vision effect]]. Even worse? [[spoiler:He starts ''breathing furiously'' as the camera approaches the woman]].
*** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jq-JMZ1v1X8 Cortacesped]] ([[spoiler:Lawnmower]]): Camera shows a girl relaxing in the grass. Cameraman holds up a magazine. What's on it? [[spoiler:an advertisement for a lawnmower, with the front of the mower placed right over the girls head]].
*** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l15vkxN03O8 Francotirador]] ([[spoiler:Sniper]]): Camera shows a busy street. The cameraman holds up a magnifying glass [[spoiler:over someones head, with the lense being decorated with a sniper rectile]].
*** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Q0q8nfbMPU Maleta]] (Suitcase): Camera is in a hotel room, with an open suitcase on the bed. [[spoiler:The cameraman holds up a picture of a suitcase with a gun and (possibly counterfeited) money inside]].
*** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DRHHjN5ZTY Piscina]] (Pool): Similar to the Vertigo ones, with a guy walking up to the edge of a pool. [[spoiler:He then holds up a postcard depicting a shark jumping out of the water]].
* In 2003, some bright spark at the BBC thought it would be a good idea to advertise CBBC by showing two kids' necks elongating to ridiculous lengths and snaking around an assortment of CBBC characters, set to Basement Jaxx's "Where's Your Head At". It wasn't - [[UncannyValley the result is hideous]]. You can see it in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGJs5FVCAYw this video]] at 1:50.
** A later one had children's heads turning into space hoppers, which was arguably ''worse''.
* Playboy TV of all things once had [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DP6Wvr_9EE an unnecessarily disturbing advert]] in which an old man talks about how a subscription to the channel has rejuvenated his sex life. His freaking ''[[NightmareFace smile]]'' at the end is bad enough, but that's not all -- the caption that accompanies his horrifying grin claims he's only ''28 years old''. It seems to imply that watching Playboy TV causes RapidAging.
* Creator/{{G4TV}}'s ad for their short-lived ''Midnight Spank'' block, involving a man and a guinea pig. It starts out simply a bit eerie, with a random guinea pig demanding this sleeping man get out of bed with his wife to watch TV, and then, well...[[spoiler:"Tom, do you want me to eat your ''other'' kidney?"]]. The music also would work really well in a horror movie. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_Q3EsZ9TaM See for yourself.]]
** And that's not all. There's also a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=co35Wsff9e4 deer]] [[spoiler:who can "make everyone you've ever loved disappear forever"]], and a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwT0fW52nX0 butterfly]] [[spoiler: who threatens to reveal the writhing, bleeding contents of a "horrible bag"]]. The deer one has a particularly creepy addition where [[spoiler:the faces of the main character's family burn out on a picture, accompanied by horrifying screams]].
*** There's even [[https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Gggpk7vrcqk a second version of the guinea pig ad]] where the guinea pig [[spoiler:has eaten the man's leg instead of his kidney, and threatens to eat the other one]]. It's possibly even worse due to the part where [[spoiler:the man wiggles the stub where his leg used to be]].
* One ad for MTV's Scream in Website/YouTube had scenes of the show combined with the visuals of [[NightmareFace a disturbing grey face screaming]] all set to someone whispering [[ParanoiaFuel ''Click Skip and Die'' over and over again.]] So many people complained {[[https://twitter.com/reallyoutube there was even a twitter account about it!]]) that MTV probably pulled it and it appears that the ad is lost.
* The marketing campaign for Channel 4's ''[[Series/{{Humans}} Humans]]'', which ran on pure UncannyValley. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vc7k-DwrITI The trailer]] was presented as an advert for Persona Synthetics, a company that makes androids, and showcased one family's particularly creepy robotic servant.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvnrD3MHz4s They did it again for the second series]], although this time the main source of creepiness is not so much the synths (shown here being tested in a lab), but the ''human'' StepfordSmiler spokeswoman.
--->'''Spokeswoman:''' It is vital you do not attempt to reset a malfunctioning synth yourself... ''[[TheUnsmile as doing so may void your warranty]]''.
* [[https://youtu.be/VnAbhzITcsE This]] Japanese Advert for Shizuoka Broadcasting. We have a tired guy watching a Samurai film. As he tries to turn off the TV. The Samurais [[BreakingTheFourthWall start talking to him.]] They bargain with him to keep watching by threading to kill an actress, and offering him Soccer and Music as alternatives. Anyways he shuts it off, and [[spoiler: the Samurai opens the TV Screen and starts chasing the guy with the TV.]]
--->'''Samurai:''' Let's Talk, [[spoiler: Face to Face!]]


[[folder: Theme Park Attractions]]
* Ride/UniversalStudios attractions:
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrV1e92SXMI This commercial]] for ''Ride/RevengeOfTheMummy'' certainly isn't recommended for people with a fear of snakes. It shows a massive horde of scarab beetles and cobras escaping from the ride building, with one of the cobras making it down into the sewers and eventually ending up inside a home when it ''[[ParanoiaFuel crawls out of a bathtub spout]]''. The cobra then begins to crawl under a sleeping boy's blanket as if it's about to attack, until the boy wakes up via CatapultNightmare and realizes it was AllJustADream.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PASnkkYPbU One of the commercials]] for ''King Kong 360'' depicts a young boy getting so scared by Kong that he [[RapidAging rapidly ages]] into an old man while continuously screaming and staring deep into the camera. What makes it especially disturbing is the fact that the effect is done with ''very'' UncannyValley-inducing CGI.
** The 1999 [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUzyQizjBt0 Dr. Seuss-themed]] advert used to promote the opening of Universal's Islands of Adventure, primarily due to the unintentionally creepy-looking Cat in the Hat that appears towards the end.
** Universal Studios Japan had [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRXpuV4grUQ this ad]] for its temporary ''Biohazard: The Real 3'' attraction (an interactive experience based around the ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' series). Shown entirely from a participant's POV, we see him first get briefed on his mission, which ends up going horribly south as his teammates are shown being taken down by zombies while he desperately tries to shoot as many of the flesh-eaters as possible. It seems as if he has the upper hand for a while, but that all changes when he gets cornered by the enemies, with the commercial cutting to black as a zombie dives in for the kill.
* Ride/AltonTowers attractions:
** The coaster, ''Thirteen'' had an [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBxwOKNvx9o advert]] that was only allowed to be shown at post-watershed times. In it, a creepy-looking girl that's covered in vines slowly walks through a forest while warning viewers to "not go into the woods alone". Following right after is a shot of a bunch of people on a roller coaster suddenly falling down into a BottomlessPit.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycwM4DqIOj0 These]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6hs8uPx3Wk ads]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwhx0Ifp7E0 for]] ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ef45vWBBpM8 The Smiler]]'' is filled with these. All 4 ads, when watched together, tell a disturbing story. [[spoiler: A couple are making a school project about Miles Cedar, from the Ministry of Happiness. They visit him and have a interview with him about his book. After taking some VHS tapes and fleeing from him, they watch the VHS, and realize that he's been brainwashed by the Ministry, in a series of disturbing videos. It ends with the girl becoming brainwashed herself, and the guy having a video call with Miles, who asks him to "Join Us."]] The JumpScare at the end of the first video does not help.
*** The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZElC61Bl0sw Main Ad]] is just as scary, with an UncannyValley rider telling another rider to "Join Us." At the end, the other rider is brainwashed too, and after the first rider tell him, "You belong to ''The Smiler''" we are treated to a closeup of the second riders face, as the announcer talks about the ride.
* Thorpe Park ran an advert for Derren Brown's Ghost Train that was later banned for being "too scary." It's begins with text asking the viewer to count as many Christmas bunnies as they can. The bunnies are shown playing around a snowy railroad track, while a cheery Christmas song plays in the background. Then, [[JumpScare a monster tears through the scene and screams,]] as we cut to a message from the park wishing us a Happy Christmas. View it [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LY3PHP6tt8 here.]]


[[folder: Toys]]
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hM1YrSN42-0 The now-infamous commercial]] for the "Baby-Laughs-A-Lot" doll was intended to be cute and funny, but fails at that in every single way imaginable.
* Similarly to the above, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SlqsLto-xA the commercial]] for the "Baby Secret" doll also fails horribly in being cute, as the whispering noises it makes sound straight-up demonic.


[[folder: Video Games]]
* An [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RavivOtBvHk ad]] for the game ''VideoGame/{{Turok}}: Evolution'' showed two people swinging on a swing-set when suddenly, at random, the boy's hand becomes slashed and bleeds. Roars are heard and it cuts to numerous dinosaurs running about. It then cuts back to the boy and girl, both screaming. Cut to more dinosaurs before the final cut of the swingset, which has red mulch and a broken, red swingset seat.
* There was a set of commercials for ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask''. During which, people around the world watched on as the moon slowly descended upon them. A radio show took calls and kept a countdown going. In one ad, it showed a boy, playing alone in a white room, sweat rolling down his forehead while he continuously glances upwards... at the end, everybody is running for their lives... [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5Mf2mp6fms here's the link]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhK47AA7LKc This]] little horror advertising ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'' can potentially be a mixture of this, UncannyValley, ParanoiaFuel, and NothingIsScarier. It's just pictures of characters' faces with an [[ForDoomTheBellTolls ominous churchbell playing]]. And yet it manages to creep the pants off of many people who see it, especially if they see it in the middle of the night for the first time without knowing what it is. The commercial gets worse if you're aware of the game's narrative, because [[spoiler: all of the characters shown in the video have been murdered by the [[CaptainObvious assassin]] protagonist Ezio (who's own face shows up as the very last one). So you're effectively staring at a bunch of dead people (even given they are fictional characters).]].
* The UsefulNotes/PlayStation brand seems to have a unfortunate knack for these type of ads.
** The original [=PlayStation=]'s American launch campaign, [=eNOS=]. Each commercial consisted of small clips of gameplay from launch titles mixed in with live-action clips of various imagery, all accompanied by a distorted, robotic-sounding voice. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8meCIT1ErPQ Watch one of the ads here...unless you plan on sleeping tonight.]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qARb5IYjVUY This European ad]]. The family speaking only in video game sounds could be funny.....but then the commercial decides to go into NauseaFuel territory and zoom in their ''mouths'' to reveal their uvulas are shaped like the [=PlayStation=] buttons, in a ''very'' gruesome display. Seriously, do '''''[[SincerityMode NOT]]''''' [[SchmuckBait click on that link]] if you're planning to eat.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWmbUMStlGI Mental Wealth]] features a freaky humanoid alien girl that would feel right at home in the UncannyValley. She stares at you in an empty white room and philosophizes about the human endeavor in a thick Scottish accent. Some versions of the ad end with her looking at [[NothingIsScarier something]] off-camera and giggling sinisterly. As ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' put it, the tagline "DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF PLAYSTATION" that appears at the end of the commercial feels less like a tagline and more akin to a threat.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h28Kbdfmvbk This demented advert]] for UsefulNotes/PlayStation2 directed by Creator/DavidLynch. It starts off pretty normal, with a dude walking down a slightly spooky corridor full of smoke. Thirty seconds in, his head flies off and swims in front of him for a moment, then re-attaches itself before a disembodied arm with a clenched fist at the end appears to punch him in the face and then flies out of his mouth, distorting his face for a moment. It gets worse: he then looks down at his hands and sees they have disappeared, with only smoke pouring out of his sleeves. Then the smoke clears and he sees four figures sitting on a couch - the disembodied arm, a clone of himself, a disturbingly still mummy with bloodstains at the mouth and one eye, and a person with a duck for a head who croaks at him, "WELCOME. TO. THE. THIRD. PLACE." Despite its horrible content and the fact that it was directed by the man who gave us ''Film/{{Eraserhead}}'', it would be shown on TV in the middle of the day.
** The infamous [=PS3=] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqkNPcUMffU launch commericial]] with the [[UncannyValley robotic]] [[CreepyChild baby]].
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPoRQwDAonM A teaser]] for the European [=PlayStation=] Store's 2016 Black Friday Deals had a group of people "play it cool" while waiting for the eponymous deals...which is shown by having their faces [[UncannyValley distorted in slow motion in the most unsettling ways possible]] while they waved. The ominous orchestral music that was playing didn't help matters. Thankfully this example is tamer than most, as some may find the general concept of the ad and the faces made to be heaping amounts of {{Narm}}.
* The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRiwW6M55qg commercials]] for the UsefulNotes/GameBoyColor often had the C on "Color" morph into a pair of lips and suddenly shout "Get into it!" at the end, functioning as a JumpScare.
* Creator/{{Sega}} had something similar with a loud voice yelling "SEGA!" at the end of their commercials. Not so bad in the Genesis and Game Gear commercials, but it was really freaky in the Saturn commercials, in which a disturbing blue head straight out of the UncannyValley would come flying at the camera really fast, yelling something like "'''YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA, SEGA!'''" or just '''"SEGA!"''' in a creepy distorted voice before morphing into the Saturn logo. In a few ads, the head would have a different shape and color, like in the ''VideoGame/NightsIntoDreams'' ad, in which the head was purple and shaped like [=NiGHTS=]' head.
** Speaking of the UsefulNotes/SegaSaturn, many commercials from that particular era would make one wonder if they were all seemingly designed to induce fear onto unsuspecting viewers. Infamously marking the beginning of this era was the freaky [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99iiUtPR-fM Sega Saturn promotional tape and the Theater of the Eye" ad campaign]]. Funny thing is, Sega of America wanted the Theater of the Eye campaign to succeed, they even heavily promoted it on FOX and MTV, but it ended up scaring potential customers shitless.
*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cegoTJ18r-M This]] commercial features a man playing ''VideoGame/DaytonaUSA'' by getting into a racing car (which has a Sega Saturn console and the game inside it) and literally getting [[EyeScream his eyeballs sucked out and into the vehicle]] [[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext in order to drive the car/play the game]]. It makes one wonder what on earth [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs the marketing department that greenlit this ad was smoking]].
*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-wFqy-dCaM A completely bizzare ad]] for ''VideoGame/SonicR'' has a extremely odd stop-motion style of two strange men (one being shirtless and having a bunch of tattoos on his body, the other in some punk/apocalyptic-esque attire) that float in mid-air and "race" each other in an abandoned building, all while loud rock music (later accompanied by incoherent hollering) plays. Save for the vague connection of the two "racing", [[WhatWereTheySellingAgain there's virtually nothing the ad and the game have in common]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9sZKcSJ2mo The mosquito ad for the old Xbox]]. It begins with mosquitoes buzzing in the form of music, and all the other jungle animals dancing to the beat, while the narrator (who is a mosquito) tells us about how his species used to make music. Seems innocent so far, right? But then the narrator says "One day, a voice told us, 'Get a job!'" Cut to close-up shots of a mosquito on a pulsating heart, mosquitoes sucking blood from arms and people in the hospital, and a close-up shot of a mosquito's abdomen filling up with blood. It's very unsettling, to say the least.
** And that was the one that wasn't taken off air. Another launch ad, "Life is short", details the...[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin exceedingly short life of a man]]. In that the man is born, at high velocity... launched into the air, ages from birth to old age in the space of around 30 seconds, then finally crashes into his grave. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNccPX03XaY See it here]] [[ShmuckBait at your own risk]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPJJQHF4tTo The American ad]] for ''VideoGame/YoshisIsland'' (SNES version) depicted a man eating more and more food at a restaurant, and getting fatter and fatter, while the narrator talks about how much data and features are crammed into the game's cartridge. Pretty soon, the man eats one little piece of spaghetti, and--in the style of a famous ''Creator/MontyPython'' skit--''explodes'', with his stomach contents splattering ''everyone'' in the restaurant. The piece of spaghetti then splatters the game box, and then we cut to a shot of more of the stomach contents splattered on a wall, spelling out the SNES motto (Play it Loud). Due to the sheer number of complaints of how sickening this commercial was, it was only aired a few times before it was [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Is9RoW31jlk replaced with a bowdlerized version]], in which the splattering and exploding is heard off-screen [[ReactionShot as a woman at a table turns and looks to the left]], the spaghetti doesn't fall on the box, and the stomach contents spelling "PLAY IT LOUD" are now a bright, rich, thin, non-gross green slime that resembles Nickelodeon slime.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRUdX-V5Ah8 The American ad]] for the Game Boy Advance Re-Issue had a daughter who is pushing the crosswalk sign's button after a short day of shopping with her mom in which she unlocks the car to put her daughter's things in, enabling Yoshi to throw an egg towards the car, thus breaking it. The screen reveals to what we see, a slowly rotating Game Boy Advance, showing clips from the remake of Yoshi's Island, then it slowly rotates, showing only a black screen, as the rest of the car falls off.
** And here's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FybA0SaL0nI an obscure '80s Nintendo commercial from Australia]] that features various enemies from Nintendo games (and the ''Duck Hunt'' dog, for some reason) taunting the viewer over and over with, "YOU CANNOT BEAT US" in a menacing, [[Series/DoctorWho Dalek]]-like voice while the sinister "Bowser's castle" theme from ''Super Mario Bros.'' played in the background. The commercial ends with the "game over" music, which never sounded more depressing. The primitive computer graphics on the characters only makes the ad creepier, to the point that you might [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic want to go to the bathroom]] [[BringMyBrownPants to empty your bowels in pants-pissing terror]].
*** [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic "Are you stealing my soul while I watch you?"]]
** A un-aired European commercial for ''VideoGame/DonaldInMauiMallard'' (SNES version) (from 1996) had ''Disney/DonaldDuck'' (disguised as a ninja) fighting off the evil witch doctor and his minions while finding the lost Shabuhm Shabuhm idol as he travels to different levels to track down the thief who stole it (as a blonde haired Hawaiian tour guide says "OW! THAT DOES LEAVE A MARK!" after being zapped by the evil witch doctor's powers). While the blonde haired Hawaiian tour guide is knocked out, ''Disney/DonaldDuck'' chases after the evil witch dcotor through the jungle, with the announcer saying "get yours today or the witch doctor could zap you!". The commercial ends with the slogan ''"Will You Ever Reach the End?"'' (with the name of ''UsefulNotes/SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem'' appearing in front of it).
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60_k86r0jN8 This ad for FIFA 14]], which features the player turning into Lionel Messi. [[BodyHorror Literally]].
* A magazine ad for ''VideoGame/CardinalSyn'' depicted [[DecapitationPresentation a severed head impaled on an axe]], with the tagline "Happiness is a warm cranium".
* [[http://assets.creativity-online.com/images/work/print/p/r/i/print070913-sony-2of2162401.jpg The print advert]] for ''[[VideoGame/{{Resistance}} Resistance: Fall of Man]]''. NightmareFace, anyone?
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0ha6Mb5_YQ This]] UsefulNotes/{{OUYA}} commercial, which shows a man raging over paying $60 for a a game, then proceeding to vomit so much he floods his own room, then pull out his jaw and his spine and beat himself up with it, mutilating himself, before finally lying in the pool of his own vomit and weakly proclaiming "OUYA!"
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3Tb_9nyKUU The official WWE 2K17 commercial.]] Let's see: a ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}''-like setting, textbook-SoundtrackDissonance background music, several Superstars looking legitimately ready to invoke TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou, and this WhamLine:
-->'''Wrestling/PaulHeyman:''' Enjoy your stay. *Cue Wrestling/BrockLesnar.*
* There was a commercial from the late 90s for ''[[VideoGame/{{Tetris}} The New Tetris]]'' on the Nintendo 64 that featured a snooty middle school-aged girl at a spelling bee and about to spell a ridiculously long and difficult word. As she's twelve letters into spelling it, all of a sudden a large block falls out of the sky and ''[[DeathFromAbove crushes her]].'' It's PlayedForLaughs [[BlackComedy (apparently)]] and thankfully involves BloodlessCarnage, but ''still''.



* Those paint ads that are only a few seconds long and feature nothing but a [[SlasherSmile creepily grinning]] person painted from head to toe and asking you if you've found what you're looking for. They can be quite startling if you don't know what's going on.
* The commercials for the Goldwater Law Firm (the one that defends people who die or suffered from the side effects of medical products) play some incredibly unsettling, horror movie-type music in the background,[[note]]WordOfGod says that the music is called "Ominous" and has been used since the Vioxx arthritis disaster of 2004. Most, if not all, of the Goldwater commercials use it.[[/note]] and they often depict stock photos of people in some kind of pain (for instance, a woman looking sad or a senior citizen in a wheelchair). ItMakesSenseInContext since the commercials talk about defective medicines and stuff, so it's meant to make the situation life threatening, but apparently it works a ''bit'' too well. Wanna know what's worse? That those commercials once aired on ''Cartoon Network''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVJuouYo_8I Here's one of the commercials.]]
** Even worse, new ads for similar companies are ''doing the exact same thing,'' although not all of them play unsettling music in their commercials (most of the Sokolove Law's commercials, for instance).
* [[http://www.ispot.tv/ad/7Oz9/ra-com-bike The ads]] for RA.com (RA meaning rheumatoid arthritis) '''really''' know how to get their point across. Seriously, they talk about how preventing an illness can salvage your hobbies. And then, we see the very items each respective ad is named for decaying in a frightfully realistic fashion. It's a real double-whammy of disturbing.
* There's [[https://youtu.be/13sOZAnhfTY these]] advertisements for a cleaning product known as SKOE 10X. Both of their commercials are essentially animal women going to the bathroom on the floor, and none of it's censored. Add in the fact that it's usually shown at late night, and you're bound to confuse it for horrifying scat porn that made it on TV somehow.
%%* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKllfrSvrE0 Heyyy, cookies!!!]] (add context please)
* Until they were replaced with CG models, the Wonga.com adverts, which air in the United Kingdom, used puppets that were firmly rooted in the UncannyValley. Despite being [[UpToEleven considered so creepy that people try to avoid them]], they're paradoxically MemeticMutation in the U.K.
** Oddly enough, the situation is the opposite for some people: they consider the puppets fine, but find the CG models to be creepy instead.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3xdq5miyfE This cinema ad from Co-Operative Bank]] describes what would happen if a landmine went off in the cinema.
** In another horrifying ad, a woman asks why you would switch to the Co-Operative Bank, visuals intercut with images of animals dying in polluted landfills and covered in spilled oil, etc. She basically admits that the Co-Operative Bank has the same features as every other bank but hey, they'll never knowingly contribute to pollution! [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqsM33EkScY Here you go]]! Oh, and look out for {{Jump Scare}}s.
** There is also [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HCeJJAOjnY another one]] which features images of war and oppression instead of pollution.
* An advert for the $5 pizza special at Little Caesar's features two gamers who try to get out of their beanbag chairs when their associate tells them he's going for pizzas. They sink further and further into the chairs (as expected), one even commenting that they're sinking faster the more they struggle. The scene is fairly disturbing. Then it becomes NightmareRetardant when one, so determined to get said pizza, begins moving the beanbag chair towards the door.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCHMBnAwFWM This commercial for PUR water filters from 1995]] which involves a goldfish freaking out at an ad in a newspaper read by its owner about the deteriorating quality of drinking water. After the woman pours herself a glass of water from said water filter and sets it on the table, the goldfish decides it would rather be swimming in that water, so it leaps through the air and lands in the drinking glass. The ''hideous'' visual effects for the goldfish are bad enough, but just watch the very last shot of the commercial where the woman reaches for her glass to get a sip. Better hope either A.) the goldfish can manage to jump back out, or B.) the woman notices before taking a sip, or [[FridgeHorror it won't end well for both of them]]!
* Unfortunately, Wiki/TVTropes has had its own scary ad. It's for "California's Summer of Fun". It first shows a boy or a girl with a normal smiling face. But then, the face fades into a very creepy stretched face.
* The Mr. Yuk advertisements, which featured a sinister display of items turning into monsters accompanied by a creepy song sung about knowing Mr. Yuk's face. The people behind the campaign seemed pretty desperate to keep children from getting into bottled poisons, huh? Watch the commercial [[http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wLsONa3gKIQ here]] or hear the full song [[http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=EqHxKVUG8cU here]].
* In 2014, Virgin America made an ''almost six hour long'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsMZRl71Zo4#t=12850 advert]] in which pale, wide-eyed mannequins with unnervingly fixed faces experience a mind-numbingly boring flight. Unfortunately, despite the many comic elements to it, the ad [[IncrediblyLamePun loses altitude and crash lands right into]] the UncannyValley. And you have to put up with it for ''five hours and forty-seven minutes'' (or you could just switch it off).
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1k99-uln7g A 2014 advert for the UK's Royal Marines]] featuring a nightmare of a guerilla stationed in the jungle. The guerilla is shown frantically running in the middle of a dark jungle. As he's being pursued by hostile wildlife and hordes of mysterious men on the beach, the images are accompanied by creepy and ominous whispers of his incoming doom. And just when you think it's over after the man wakes up near a house, [[spoiler: a pair of eyes ''glow behind him'' before two British marines abduct the guerilla and put him on a boat.]] Make sure not to have night terrors before signing up!
* There was a commercial, that featured major MoodWhiplash, and this should date it, for a video rental service, Blockbuster or something along those lines, that featured two boxer's going at it as a narrator speaks of what he wishes to see. "Perhaps a sports movie," then after one of the boxers punches out another the narrator decides "or maybe a drama," as the other boxer is revealed to actually be the man's father. The two embrace and make up, humorously as the spectators let out a unison Aww! But then it takes a turn for horrific as the narrator fittingly decides "or perhaps a horror," as the Father turns into a hideous vampire and instantly bites and drains the son of his blood. What makes this a kicker, is that while the crowd is freaking out and fleeing the blood is still dripping from the Father/Vampires mouth while the son is lying dead in the middle of the ring. [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar The only way they got away with this is probably because the commercial was shot in mono colored black and white.]] Still words can not do this justice at just how disturbing and terrifying this commercial was.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpmQxJodfSg This 1980's ad]] from Sekonda has a steamroller crush a Sekonda watch and an expensive watch in a dimly lit room. The narrator talks about how Sekonda watches are cheaper to repair than to repair the glass in the expensive watch. Both the narrator and the music are ominous, and the silence at the end doesn't help.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kjxnJzfdoM This freaky-as-hell advert]] for ''[[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers The Guardian]]'' from 1990, which shows the faces and voices of various political figures being stretched and distorted. Would you believe it was given a U certificate?
* The Adidas [[https://youtu.be/ah6IcF4x7P8 Predator Instinct ad]] features people running around in the dark pursued by dystopian enforcers and blurry closeup shots of snarling dogs.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORPFRj1b6KU The "Creepy Bunny" ads]] for Anim'Est have a UncannyValley Bugs Bunny like bunny sitting in a barely lit toilet, staring at a man, and then moving to it's left so ''the guy can sit next to him.''
* An advertising company called DanDad uploaded an ad to Website/YouTube in 2016 that...[[WhatWereTheySellingAgain really doesn't get their message across.]] They're talking about helping small businesses create advertisements of their own, but it's hard to focus on any of that when we're shown [[UncannyValley horrifying visuals]] like [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRz-Ydg0f_s this.]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0e4Pk6Z1-yg This]] cinema advert for Philips Irons features fire fighters rescuing a baby from a house fire, all set to haunting hymn-sounding music. And it ends with them bragging about their irons turning off in 30 seconds after being used, which at that point, you would probably never use an iron again after seeing all that. Rated U, cause kids wouldn't be scared of this. Right?
* This [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7lRkcoHBUU 1979 Benson & Hedges advert]] consists of divers recovering [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext a giant packet of cigarettes and then displaying it in a museum.]] Sounds like a normal advert, right? Well, not when it's accompanied by what sounds like horror music and ''Psycho-like chanting'' in the end. PIF and Advert uploader easportsbig899 even declared it the scariest advert he's ever seen.
* A print ad for a radio station is this. It has a woman smiling at something offscreen. However, her eyes have been replaced by her ears, making this pure BodyHorror. See it [[http://i.imgur.com/Q0gYMtI.jpg here.]]
* Monster, a job finding website, started a series of commercials starring, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a monster.]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jj6z89s3B9Q A huge, hairy monster whose face only consists of two glowing eyes,]] speaking ''directly to the viewer'' about how he can sense them. The tone usually shifts to be more humorous, and the monster ''is'' telling the customer about how it believes in their potential to find a job, but seeing this thing come on in the middle of the night can definitely be unnerving (as the Website/YouTube comments can attest).
* This [[https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Eh9XwSgCigc condom commercial]]. It starts with an elderly man committing a bank robbery with a caption saying he is 73. We then see him threaten a mother and her daughter with a knife in his 40's, terrorize some people on his bike at the age of 18, cook a cat alive at age 4, and his mother suddenly die on the day he is born right as he is handed to her. After seeing all this, the commercial then shows the man's conception, where a woman laughs off having unprotected sex by remarking "[[TemptingFate What's the worse that could happen?]]" Needless to say, inferring that unplanned pregnancies can result in the mother not surviving the birth and the child growing up to be a psychopath is quite shocking.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUMx15GAspo This TV advert for a gossip magazine called ''Sneak'']] aired on UK television during children's spots in the late 90's, meaning it was mostly seen by kids. Right off the bat, the ad is unsettling; the music is strange and aggressive, the editing is jagged and it's set in a school; subverting a familiar environment into something cold and uncomfortable is an easy way to disturb young viewers. It almost feels like a horror movie at times, with the ad's main girl character seemingly desperate to tell someone something. Eventually, she reaches an assembly hall full of students and staff, where ''she explodes into pink gunge''. As another girl is wiping the pink slimy remains off her face in the bathroom, she sees the magazine that contained the information that caused the girl to explode. So, this magazine contains ''information so volatile it causes you to explode unless you tell someone?''
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDPRRH0F4vo NRJ Mobile's Whaaaaaat?! ads]] have teens in their phones enjoying something in their phones before they turn into BodyHorror abominations. From the linked video:
** A boy is listening to music at a skate park and bopping to the beat. Suddenly his ears grow bigger and begin to flap, and then his head detaches and flies away into the sky, to the horror of the nearby skaters and bikers.
** The second ad is the most disturbing of the bunch. A girl at school is looking at her phone, and begins to laugh, her mouth becomes bigger, before her head jerks back and her mouth is massive and wide open, looking like her head was nearly cut in half. Her friend looks at her phone and immediately widens her mouth as she laughs. Even worse, the video reverses and forwards itself until the end, resulting in jerky movement which only further pushes the uncanniness of the ad.