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TOP 12: CHRISTMAS PSAs

Whatever way you’re celebrating or not celebrating crimbo, Christmas has also been the time of creepy, disturbing, and soul-crushing PSAs – and you know me, I’d choose to binge on morbid and harrowing PSAs than a revolting, arty-farty mince pie any day. But I do love a good sprout, though (yes, I’m one of those people).

TOP 10: SCARIEST AIDS AWARENESS COMMERCIALS

If you are a fan of disturbing PSAs and classic Public Information Films, then this list of anti-AIDS commercials will be right up your street. And everyone else’s street for that matter. In fact the whole town will be horrified, just like many of the British households were back in the 1980s when the AIDS pandemic broke out, and when a series of infamously terrifying PIFs were made.

TOP 10: SCARIEST WORK SAFETY COMMERCIALS

Ah, work safety. One of my favourite genres of nightmare-fuel PSAs… and judging by the thumbnail, you can probably tell why. Work safety PSAs are anything but tame, and if you aren’t already familiar with them, by the end of this video you may want to just give up all hope of ever being in a workplace environment, resort to bubble-wrapping up your entire household and becoming a hermit for the rest of your life: I wouldn’t blame you.

TOP 10: MOST EFFECTIVE BRITISH ADVERTS

Britain has been known for its very macabre and grotesque collection of Public Information Films (PIFs) over the years: including (but by no means limited to) the “Dark and Lonely Water” which showed a black-hoodied figure haunting children who’d succumb to many unfortunate circumstances – and thus their inevitable deaths – by drowning in deep waters, in turn traumatising a whole generation of children (including my own mother) back in the 1970s. Unfortunately, times have changed since then. We don’t have haunting public information films being produced anymore, especially since the death of the long-lived, and long-loved, Central Office of Information (COI) in 2011.

TOP 50: SCARIEST ANTI-DRUGS PSAs

“Drugs, drugs, drugs – which are good, which are bad?” – as the famous jingle goes. Unfortunately, there are no ‘good’ drugs featured in this countdown, I’m afraid. They’re all bad. On today’s journey, we touch up on things like cocaine, heroin, meth, marijuana… nearly all of it if I’m honest. Now, it’s easy to tell someone that “drugs are bad” but the question is, “how bad are they?” – turns out, they are frighteningly bad. Well, according to these commercials anyway.