The Creepiest Ad You’ve Ever Seen – Advertisements are used by brands and organizations to promote and people aware of their products or campaigns. However, some brands use offensive, racist and creepy approaches to promote their stuff. There is a long list of such ads that have been a result of public outcry. Most children are scared to watch or see such ads, but even the adults feel that People shouldn’t create these ads. Such ads use people’s emotions and threaten them with this, explaining how humans can be cruel with their creativity.
The Grim Reaper:
The Grim reaper ad is an Australian ad launched in 1987 was an awareness ad. The awareness advertisement was to spread the awareness of HIV disease. The way people created the ad was indeed a creepy and scary one. A bowling game is shown in the ad where the bowl is a gay grim reaper, and the bowling pins are men, women, and children. The grim reaper is shown as the AIDS virus, and it is thrown at the bowling pins. They created a controversy to show concern about why they used gay men to portray a grim reaper and present an AIDS virus.
Axe Chocolate Ad:
This one is also creepy. The ad starts with a man who puts on a Deodorant, but he turns into a dirty brown man. It’s a chocolate man. This chocolate man looks like someone who hasn’t taken a bath and looks very disturbing and dirty in the Advertisement. The dirty guy in the ads cuts his chocolate ear and gives it to a heartbroken woman. Even while cooking, the chocolate man cuts his finger for food, and even while taking a drip, he gets the chocolate. This ad wanted to show the sweet gesture of a person who gives chocolate, but it was a rather disturbing image seeing a human as a chocolate Man. He looks more like a speck of artificial dirt and has not taken a bath for ages. Other than giving chocolate, he is providing land to everyone.
PETA Creepy Ad:
PETA is the “People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.” This organization is known for making creepy ads to raise awareness about animals and their campaigns. One can use suitable creative ads to raise awareness. Still, this organization uses creepy ads, which are even banned, and PETA has encountered many controversies due to their disturbing graphics m. They use bold, fleshy, and spooky pictures to prove their stance. Even hearing about such advertisements makes people feel like vomiting.
They wanted to show an Ad for their non-veg campaign. The Advertisement graphics had a woman half-cut and a naked woman with flesh and blood dripping visibly. The woman was handcuffed to the ceiling with the help of heavy chains. Beside her is the meat of two animals, half cut with flesh visible and handcuffed to the top in the same way. It was a non-veg campaign and if showed that the flesh of women and animals is the same.
PETA is also known for making racists advertisements
PETA is also known for making racists advertisements while always saying that their stance is to eradicate racism. One of their ads showed that drinking cow milk causes autism. It was to prevent people from drinking cow milk. It was a misleading and disturbing move. This ad was displayed on billboards to promote a non-veg campaign. However, they posted some graphics on social media apps to taunt the Indians and making racist comments.
PETA is known to use nude models to promote its campaigns. In another advertisement, they used a nude model with a crusade sign. Humans need to be angels for animals with a tagline to adopt animals and not buy them. This nude graphic with a cross was very triggering for Christians and created outrage. Thus PETA is the organization with the most triggering and creepy ads. They make no effort to make people cringe when they see their advertisements. The list of creepy PETA ads is very long.
Shiny Suds Cleaner:
The Advertisement starts with a clear start but gets creepy when the ad proceeds. The girl enters the bathroom to clean the bath rim and shower. The girl uses a shiny Suds spray on the battery and bath rim. She even grins and welcomes the bubbles formed cheerfully. The bubbles formed are shiny Suds, and the girl talks with them even they talk with her. The next day the girl enters to shower, takes off her bathrobe, and sees the bubbles chanting again.
The bubbles, the shiny Suds ask her that has she forgotten that she is the one who sprayed the bubbles on the bath rim to clean it. The bubbles remind her that we are the chemicals that are left behind after the spray. They say we appear clean, but we are toxins and will watch you take a bath. They even say ‘c’mon baby.’ The creepy thing is that the chemical toxin bubbles are speaking in the male voice. The entire ad was about to just people aware that even cleaning sprays have toxins, but they created it instead in a creepy way than showing it creatively.
Law Firm Ad:
The ad starts with a man taking a shower happily, but suddenly the soap slips out of his hands. One would expect that he pick up the soap, or the ad must be about some shower, not a cleaning brand. But it turns out; the ad is about a law firm. As soon as the man leans to pick the soap, a slogan pops out on the screen. The ad is about a law firm. The fall of soap presents that you will get raped if you went to prison. In such a case, if you go to jail, then contact the law firm; the lawyers of that law firm will help you to get out of the prison.
Nike Why Sports Ad:
Nike launched an ad to promote their “why sport” campaign. This ad created an outcry, and the channels refused to play this ad during the Olympics because it was not relevant to the Olympics. The ad starts with a girl getting ready in the morning when she notices a man with a hockey mask hiding beside the window holding a chainsaw in his hands. The girl screams and runs out of her house. The chains saw man runs after her and slices everything that came in his way.
The girl keeps running at a breakneck pace until the chainsaw man gives up pursuing her. In the end, a tagline pops up “why sport? It will help you live longer”. The concept for the campaign was not wrong, but the creativity they used gave a creepy look. The intention was to promote sports and people aware of the importance of sports, but it somehow enabled girls to be stalked and constantly threatened when they live alone. Not a beneficial ad to air on television, especially when children are watching. NBC banned this ad.
Spotify is not known for making weird ads, but this one had many complaints because the creepiness of this ad scared the children out. It starts with a group of young people in the house playing the song Havana by Camilla. As soon as the music plays, a horrible-looking doll pops up and starts menacing the people who listen to the song. The beauty scares the young people and kills them. In the end, one of the friends tells the other one not to play the music. Otherwise, the doll will activate again and will kill them as well. But the guy still played the song because he cannot resist the song. It was banned and got complaints because it caused massive distress among the children, letting them believe that their dolls might kill them.
McDonald’s Creepy Ad:
McDonald’s is known for imitating horror movies to make ads to attract customers. But in this one, the imitating was rather scary. The mascot of McDonald’s, Ronald McDonald, is seen stalking a woman in four of the ads, which are in continuation. In the first ad, it is portrayed that the clown, in a scary way, is trying to kick open the locked door and succeeds, just like in horror movies. The second ad, the clown makes a life-threatening call to the girl hiding in the girl’s closet.
In the third ad, he hides under the bed, whereas the girl gives 911 out of fear. The fourth one is less creepy, and it’s funny, as the clown is seeing running in the alley away from the house, assuming that he was afraid of the police. The concept of stalking a girl was wrong, and They read the quote in Japanese aloud in a creepy and disturbing voice. The selection is, ‘ I am always there for you. The horror genre is all fine until shown in movies or series but showing it even in the ads is not a good move.
K-fee Car Ad:
The scariest ad that has come across the internet is this K-fee ad. The ad starts with beautiful scenery where a car is driving peacefully. Suddenly a zombie pops out on the screen with a very cringe and creaky scream. A blood-curdling cry can immediately increase your heartbeat just out of fear. The action is so sudden and unexpected that even a person who is not scared will get shocked and fearful directly. This ad used to be aired on T.V. late at night, shocking people terribly.
Nick India Dab:
This ad came out in 2017 after the dabbing culture became viral; this ad starts with the nick cartoon characters sitting in a class. The teacher is taking attendance, and the nature of one of the cartoons starts to sing. The song is a dab song, and the course was about teaching the kids how to dab properly. The thing portrayed in the ad is that dab will make you look cool in front of others is a cringe concept, and an advertisement for a dab is entirely unnecessary. Also, the graphics in the ad was not from an actual shooting, but instead, 2D stock images have been used, which is again unfitting in the ad.
Judder Man Ad:
The judder man ad has been cited as the creepiest and weirdest T.V. advertisement. They aired the ad in the 2000s, and it was for Metz. Metz is an alcoholic schnapps drink. The ad features a ghost-looking man who has long pointy spikes. The judder man traps the unwary travelers who come to the winter forest, lures them into the cave, traps them, and then forces them to take the alcoholic drink. This alcoholic drink makes them turn into a puppet. The graphics of the judder man are so creepy that they scared the children out.
Along with the ad, there used to be a poem in the background that played in a weird tone. The judder man looked horrible and an evil spirit. The company used a terrible-looking ghostly Man to promote their alcoholic drink.
This ad was a surprise. This ad came out in the 1980s, but it was highly creepy. In the ad, a kid gets a kinder egg as a gift. He opens the chocolate kinder egg but is shocked to see a monster and creepy-looking present inside the egg. The present in the egg looks very disgusting, and even the kid used in the video is looking very creepy and is not looking like a human kid. This Humpty dumpty kid was instead a scary one.
Little Girl Ad:
Phone 4u ad ‘little girl’s terrified the people with its creepiness. The ad starts with a girl going towards her car in basement parking after shopping. On her way, she sees a four-foot creepy ghost girl. The girl gets terrified and rushes towards her car. When she sits in the car, the ghost girl presses her hands on the window and then says in a creepy tone that the new mobile costs just £59.95. In the end, a tagline also pops up on the screen with a dull voice in the background telling people that if they miss the deals or phone 4u, then the values will haunt you. They made ads using fear and scary emotions of people to aware the audience about their sales. This way will lead to a decline in their sales rather than a promotion.
Auto Way Tires Ad:
The ad starts with a view from the camera of the car. It’s night, and dark is all over. The weather is stormy, and while driving, the camera captures a figure of a woman standing in the middle of the road wearing a white gown and looking creepily at the driver. Suddenly the ghost woman leaps on the bonnet, but the car reverses and goes in the opposite direction. The facial expressions of the ghost woman were equally scary, and this type of ad would increase your heartbeat to a new level. This ad was to promote that the tires of the auto company were so perfect that the reverse worked very quickly and saved the driver from the ghost.
KFC’ I love you’ Ad:
This one is one of those ads which give you a scary feeling and is the most complained one in Australia. The ad starts with a boy saying I love you tons girl, the couple is then shown in a bed, and they end up in quite an awkward situation. At the end of the ad, the girl is nowhere to be seen. At the same time, the teenage boy and his male friends are eating KFC burgers. All of this had no connection to each other. It portrayed women as an object, and it even created a massive controversy among people.