Ho, Ho, Horrors: Holiday Gimmicks Gone Awry
#5 Ax-Murdering Santa
Australia is known for concocting some of the most terrifying of horror stories and movies. Thanks to them, we now know, love, and hate the Saw movies.
But I doubt anyone had a horror film in mind when they decided to use a giant, inflatable Santa Claus next to the sign of a butcher shop.
If I were still a kid, this is definitely what I would want to imagine Santa does during his off-time. Going back to the Saw movies . . . did you know there is a movie about a murderer dressed as Santa Claus? It's American, but I thought I would share.
#4 Santa, the Giant Killer
#3 Christmas with Colonel Sanders.
Number 2: Santa Stalker
Someone needs to help me identify this ad. It might be one of the creepiest Christmas commercials I've seen.
It's for some sort of lottery, and the premise focuses on the idea of Santa Claus taking back presents . . . Because?
Is Santa broke or something? Does he need the lottery money to pay off the elves? Did Mrs. Claus catch him cheating or something?
For a minute, I thought he was going to steal the girl.
Lucky for Santa, he's not in Texas or Indiana, or else it would be "shoot on site" for him.
"Spike your best friend's eggnog when they're not looking."
Yes folks, that's right. Bloomingdale's recently needed to apologize for an advertisement that should have never been given the green light in the first place.
I don't think I need to get into what they suggested their customers do, right? You can read more about it here.
All I want to know is which Big Wig thought being on BFFL status negated consent. Maybe they thought money also negated consent. Who knows? This is awful, awful, awful.
Way to go, Bloomingdale's. Seems like you could have simply done something like removed all Christmas references from your catalog. Or produced a plain red cup or shirt or something. There are much simpler ways to piss off your customers.
#1 Fa La La La Gaga
Fear, focus, and the future. C.M. Humphries talks about writing, horror, and whatever.