• Graveyard Shift

Creepy, Gory, and Straight-Up WTF TV Commercials

List RulesVote up the most terrifying ads.

Imagine you're sitting in the dark watching a scary re-run of The X-Files on TV, when it cuts to commercial. An ad comes on where a group of people are driving down a desolate road when all of a sudden, a demon leaps on the hood of their car, terrifying the both of you!

While perhaps not the wisest way to build brand loyalty, some companies have gone for the creeps to get a consumer's attention, and it's certainly a useful way for a PSA to make a lasting impression. And while those scary commercials are intentionally creepy, others frighten the hell out of us without meaning to via unsettling mascots and disturbing toys.

From vintage dolls who will have you in proverbial (and literal?) stitches, to horrifying clowns, to a bed-in-breakfast delivery that will have you wondering just how long a bobble-headed king watched an unaware man sleep, these horribly creepy TV commercials are sure to scare the crap out of you.

  • 5

    K-Fee's Scenic Terror Drive

    Video: YouTube

    Should you desire the full effect, watch the video before reading this blurb.

    Okay, ready? This 2004 ad for K-Fee coffee features a car gliding along a bucolic path, tranquil and green. Then all of a sudden, a screaming demon face jumps out of nowhere. While you’re still catching your breath and willing your heart rate to decrease, the commercial tries to sell you coffee with the caption, “You’ve never been so awake,” in German. The idea was that their beverage would give one the same alert feeling as a good ol’ jump scare.

    K-Fee made several other commercials with similar themes, featuring grassy meadows, sandy beaches, and serene yoga practices interrupted by monsters. 

    Agree or disagree?
  • 6

    Baby-Laugh-a-Lot Like a Demon

    Video: YouTube

    Baby-Laugh-a-Lot is a cherubic little doll in a red dress and pigtails who laughs uncontrollably with the push of a button. This old commercial features the doll’s uproarious chortle, which inspires the same giggly fate in both her human playmates and the commercial’s announcer alike. The doll was produced by Remco in 1971, and the whole thing has some seriously deranged Joker vibes.

    To crank the creep factor up to 1000, play this vide at 0.25 speed, and enjoy the nightmares.

    Agree or disagree?
  • 7

    AIDS Is a Mass Murderer (NSFW)

    Video: YouTube

    Some might find the nudity and graphic sex acts depicted in this ad for AIDS awareness offensive, but really, it's the totally WTF, creeptastic moment at the end that really raised some eyebrows. Just watch it and see...

    Agree or disagree?
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    Baby Secret Whispers Just to You...

    Video: YouTube

    Why? What child in their right mind would want this thing? First of all, it looks exactly like Mia Farrow in Rosemary's Baby, all pasty with a Vidal Sassoon cut and a frilly nightgown. Picture that doll with a knife, stalking through a secret door between apartments, and you'll see it.

    Second, its whispers sound like instructions from Satan himself. Has any organization studied the connection between Baby Secret dolls and mass murder? If not, one should.

    Agree or disagree?