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    Posted: 02 May 2014 at 4:26pm
A few days ago, I saw a horrible commercial for one of those 'medical alert' signaling devices, but didn't catch the name of the manufacturer.

The commercial is in black and white. The camera drifts through a dark house, panning across wall pictures of smiling grandchildren, etc. All the while a voice is screaming over and over 'SOMEONE PLEASE HELP ME!!'

The last shot is of the screaming woman lying at the bottom of the stairs, with a basket of laundry scattered around her.

Does anyone know if this can be found anywhere online?


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For we commercial haters,  YouTube is the best source, if you want to post a video.
Ispot also has some but I find it hard to repost from there.
Probably not the one your typing about but here's an oldy but goody.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote CaptainErnie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 May 2014 at 10:19pm
I think I know the one you're talking about. Is it where the old bag's daughter shows up looking for her? If so, I agree it's annoying as anything out there
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thats a really old commercial, its from 1986.
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No, it's not that one. The cinematography and the woman's screaming were extremely disconcerting; like something out of a horror movie.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote crainbebo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 May 2014 at 6:16pm
Could it be this one? http://www.ispot.tv/ad/72Q3/philips-lifeline
That shows B/W house pictures but then goes into a sales pitch. Was your ad 60 seconds of women's screaming? 


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote alicetherat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 May 2014 at 12:35am
No, that's not it. I haven't seen it since; I'm wondering if it was pulled off the air.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Thor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 May 2014 at 12:44am

You'll have to make note of the actual product name next time you see it.  It should be out there on the 'net somewhere.


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Finally found it, another product of that old favorite Life Alert (the version I saw was an 0:60 edit and had more screaming)...

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Wow, that screaming is un-nerving.  That's a pretty nice house, are we sure Grandpa didn't push her because he can no longer afford the mortgage??
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Thor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 May 2014 at 1:15am

Originally posted by alicetherat alicetherat wrote:

Finally found it, another product of that old favorite Life Alert (the version I saw was an 0:60 edit and had more screaming)...


Strange.  Reminds me of a little thing on a Wall of Voodoo album from back in the olden days.  It was called Granma's House, and it's just the sound of Granma's phone ringing (with some weird synthesizer/heartbeat thing in the background).  It rings for about a minute, but for some reason, Granma isn't answering.


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Originally posted by verminstew verminstew wrote:

Wow, that screaming is un-nerving.  That's a pretty nice house, are we sure Grandpa didn't push her because he can no longer afford the mortgage??

+1

Bet he's out on the porch in the rocking chair acting all innocent.

Gonna need the folks from Brookdale to come stick him in the pantry. LOL
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alicetherat, that is THE most horrible commercial on TV right now. Maybe ever. We used to laugh at the cheesy old ones. This one is so effing real that I have to dive for the remote the second I know it's starting. It's probably effective, though, which means we'll get more of the same. *sigh*
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I thought I was the only one who found this new commercial creepy and disturbing.  Nice to know I'm not alone there.  This reminds me of that anti-domestic violence PSA about 15 or so years ago with the kid sitting on the stairs watching in horror as his (assumedly drunk) dad beats his mother to a pulp because she ordered pizza for dinner.  So over-the-top it makes me queasy.

It hasn't been pulled off the air; if anything it's increased in airplay since.  I see it almost every day.

Makes me long even more for the days of Mrs. Fletcher...
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There's something unnerving about the panicked tone in the woman's voice.
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What the sh*t is all this?  Tragedy porn? When i first saw this I thought it was a new stupid-ass horror movie for FX or something.  Deeply disturbing indeed.  Whoever made it was disturbed.
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Originally posted by BadAd BadAd wrote:

alicetherat, that is THE most horrible commercial on TV right now. Maybe ever. We used to laugh at the cheesy old ones. This one is so effing real that I have to dive for the remote the second I know it's starting. It's probably effective, though, which means we'll get more of the same. *sigh*


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"HeeEEeeEEEEEeeeeeEEeelp meeEEEeeee...I neeeeeed..to saaave 15% or moooore on car insuuuUUUuurrrannnnccce..."
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Originally posted by PitLoad413 PitLoad413 wrote:

What the sh*t is all this?  Tragedy porn? When i first saw this I thought it was a new stupid-ass horror movie for FX or something.  Deeply disturbing indeed.  Whoever made it was disturbed.

The AdTards always have and always will consider the elderly low hanging fruit. They have absolutely no shame.   
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Seems like they must be tired of how hammy the acting in their old ads was, since everyone made fun of them. It's like they did a 180 in an attempt to make people take the possibility more seriously and scare them into buying a Medical Alert bracelet or something.

I need to check out that WoV track... haven't heard many of their albums, so I'm not familiar with it.
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Originally posted by the raytownian the raytownian wrote:

Seems like they must be tired of how hammy the acting in their old ads was, 

In the latest commercials that feature people talking about how they credit Life Alert for saving their lives, it's the very same people, but dressed better, with better hair and everything. Weird.
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This commercial made me cry :(
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This is way too realistic to ignore. Its nothing to laugh about. Freaking creepy.
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This commercial is not just annoying or terrifying.  It's dangerous.

My 87-year-old mother frequently falls asleep watching television.  There have been at least three occasions when she has heard this commercial in her sleep and thought someone was really calling for help.  The first time, she thought the person was at her front door, so at some middle-of-the-night hour, she was trying to get up out of her lift chair, struggle to the front door with her walker (she can't go quickly, mind you), keep from being tangled in her oxygen line, and open the front door to find out what was wrong.  I probably don't need to add, but will anyway, the added danger of a possible home invasion when she opened the door.

The next two times, I happened to be visiting her and both times she struggled out of bed (see above) to come into my room, thinking *I* was the one in trouble.  Each time this happens, it scares her out of her wits AND puts her in danger of falling or worse.  Thank goodness she has a panic alarm pendant (from another company), in case she does fall.  However, if she falls because this commercial induced her to think someone was really in danger, I'll likely seek some kind of legal redress against Life Alert.
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Originally posted by PitLoad413 PitLoad413 wrote:

What the sh*t is all this?  Tragedy porn? When i first saw this I thought it was a new stupid-ass horror movie for FX or something.  Deeply disturbing indeed.  Whoever made it was disturbed.

Or one of those horror "reality" shows that are now destroying Lifetime MOVIE Network!
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Originally posted by AggieLady AggieLady wrote:

This commercial is not just annoying or terrifying.  It's dangerous.

My 87-year-old mother frequently falls asleep watching television.  There have been at least three occasions when she has heard this commercial in her sleep and thought someone was really calling for help.  The first time, she thought the person was at her front door, so at some middle-of-the-night hour, she was trying to get up out of her lift chair, struggle to the front door with her walker (she can't go quickly, mind you), keep from being tangled in her oxygen line, and open the front door to find out what was wrong.  I probably don't need to add, but will anyway, the added danger of a possible home invasion when she opened the door.

The next two times, I happened to be visiting her and both times she struggled out of bed (see above) to come into my room, thinking *I* was the one in trouble.  Each time this happens, it scares her out of her wits AND puts her in danger of falling or worse.  Thank goodness she has a panic alarm pendant (from another company), in case she does fall.  However, if she falls because this commercial induced her to think someone was really in danger, I'll likely seek some kind of legal redress against Life Alert.




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