The 10 Most Disturbing PSA's From Around the World

#5. Seat Belts Trap Souls

Most of us are aware that wearing a seat belt is going to protect us in the event we find ourselves on a slippery road skidding under a milk truck. That shit can be dangerous. But the word obviously hasn't made it to everyone, so people need to be shown the error of their ways ...

... And that means showing how, in the event of an accident, your friends who didn't wear seat belts will be whisked away by pleasant music to the peace and eternity of Heaven while you will briefly die, be tied down by your seatbelt, and then come to in a wrecked car, in the middle of absolutely nowhere, surrounded by the soulless corpses of your friends.

Most Unsettling Moment:

Thirty seconds in, the look of anguished longing on the spirit's face as it tries desperately to unclasp the seatbelt and to find its eternal reward, like a desperate man trying to swim out of a submerged car before drowning.

#4. Stop Smoking, Says Deformed Woman

Our good friends down under want people to stop smoking with a vengeance and, despite having things like Yahoo Serious and koalas at their disposal with which to make commercials, instead they chose to employ the Mouth of Sauron to creep the ever loving shit out of people.

Most Unsettling Moment:

It starts four seconds in, the moment the disgusting image on the cigarette pack starts moving, as if the next time we reach for a smoke we'll get our finger bitten off. That moment continues for the next 26 seconds and occupies the entire ad.

#3. Smokey the Bear Face-Off

Most of you remember Smokey the Bear telling us to stop burning shit, at least in the woods, and for the most part we obliged him because he wore a hat and made a decent argument. And he was a bear.

At some point in the '70s, however, the feeling must have been that Smokey might not have been doing all he could, so they switched over to the star power of Joanna Cassidy (if you don't know who she is, watching the clip will make it clear she was a heavily medicated and somewhat off-putting redhead from back in the day). Then, horror happened:

Gah! What the fuck?

It turns out that during Cassidy's whole career, she was actually as scary-as-shit, sentient Smokey the Bear in hyper realistic Mission: Impossible-style drag.

Most Unsettling Moment:

Right when she leans forward, and the skin on her face starts to distort, we know all bets are off. Insanity reigns. Nothing good can happen after that, and when that furry monster emerges and lets loose a sinister Wilford Brimley-possessed-by-satan-sounding laugh, we're proven right.

#2. Teen Pregnancy

Proving that cynicism isn't a dead art form, the Idaho government gives us Teen Mommy Darci:

The ad's bleak depiction of all teen parents as welfare moms living in trailers with mangy dogs, no job and an absentee baby-daddy with a disconnected phone, is sure to make all the non-white trash teen mothers feel somewhat under appreciated.

Most Unsettling Moment:

It's got to be the black screen over the ominous horror movie trailer sound effect, superimposed over the sound of a baby crying. That's right, viewer: a baby is a menacing, screeching parasite that, if allowed to exist, will destroy your world.

Oh, wait, were the kids still in the room? Sorry!

#1. Suicide Bombing

The fact that a PSA about suicide bombings was conceived and actually produced boggles the mind in ways even a talking beaver robbing you at gunpoint couldn't.

Produced for Iraqi TV, this obviously big-budget PSA is just to let anyone know that blowing themselves and an entire street full of others to kingdom come is a bad idea, in case that prospect hadn't previously crossed their minds while they were strapping their own body with dynamite.

Most Unsettling Moment:

We're going to skip the obvious "shoe landing on the car with the child's foot obviously still inside" and say we were most disturbed by the words in Arabic over the black screen at the end. This is where they presumably display the catchy slogan for their "Don't Explode Yourself" campaign just prior to the web address. What possible combination of words there wouldn't be in astonishingly bad taste? "Don't Blow It?"

Then, there's the realization that hits moments after the ad has ended, when it dawns on you that a pro suicide bombing PSA would look exactly the same. After all, are the people who are considering it going to be discouraged by the site of infidels flying through the air and screaming?

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