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Topic: Terrifying 'Medical Alert' Device Commercial
Posted By: alicetherat
Subject: Terrifying 'Medical Alert' Device Commercial
Date 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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Posted By: aka ron
Date Posted: 02 May 2014 at 7:11pm
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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Posted By: CaptainErnie
Date 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


Posted By: antidome
Date Posted: 03 May 2014 at 2:48am
thats a really old commercial, its from 1986.


Posted By: alicetherat
Date Posted: 04 May 2014 at 4:28am
No, it's not that one. The cinematography and the woman's screaming were extremely disconcerting; like something out of a horror movie.


Posted By: crainbebo
Date 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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Posted By: alicetherat
Date 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.


Posted By: Thor
Date 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.




Posted By: alicetherat
Date Posted: 14 May 2014 at 11:14pm

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



Posted By: verminstew
Date Posted: 15 May 2014 at 1:04am
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??


Posted By: Thor
Date 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.




Posted By: catnapped
Date Posted: 15 May 2014 at 2:52pm
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


Posted By: BadAd
Date Posted: 06 Jun 2014 at 2:12am
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*


Posted By: ChrisInMI
Date Posted: 07 Jul 2014 at 9:18pm
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...


Posted By: Calvin
Date Posted: 09 Jul 2014 at 10:09pm
There's something unnerving about the panicked tone in the woman's voice.


Posted By: PitLoad413
Date Posted: 10 Jul 2014 at 12:35am
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.


Posted By: Autumn
Date Posted: 10 Jul 2014 at 1:15am
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*


Oh great.

"HeeeeEEeeEEEEeeeelp meeeee.....I.....I need a Wendy's pretzel cheese buuuuuurgeeeer..."

"HeeEEeeEEEEEeeeeeEEeelp meeEEEeeee...I neeeeeed..to saaave 15% or moooore on car insuuuUUUuurrrannnnccce..."


Posted By: sgtrock21
Date Posted: 10 Jul 2014 at 6:21pm
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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Posted By: the raytownian
Date Posted: 10 Jul 2014 at 8:26pm
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.


Posted By: BadAd
Date Posted: 11 Jul 2014 at 5:16am
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.


Posted By: Afroscotswoman
Date Posted: 16 Jul 2014 at 1:47am
This commercial made me cry :(


Posted By: Ad nauseous
Date Posted: 16 Jul 2014 at 2:07am
This is way too realistic to ignore. Its nothing to laugh about. Freaking creepy.

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Posted By: AggieLady
Date Posted: 23 Jul 2014 at 8:06pm
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.


Posted By: 70s80s
Date Posted: 24 Jul 2014 at 3:17pm
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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Posted By: Ad nauseous
Date Posted: 24 Jul 2014 at 7:22pm
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.




Holy $#%& they're playing with fire!

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Posted By: ren_saiyuri
Date Posted: 13 Aug 2014 at 7:07pm
AggieLady:  
(Note to other posters, I apologize, I realize this is a bit of a bump but I didn't think another thread was any more appropriate.))
If you'd like, there's a petition running through Change.org asking to have this commercial removed. I'm sure it would be appreciated if you would sign it and add your opinion. It's being communicated with Life Alert, although of course they're not being receptive at the moment. 

http://www.change.org/petitions/life--emergency-response-inc-remove-the-ment-commercial - http://www.change.org/petitions/life-alert-emergency-response-inc-remove-the-basement-commercial


Posted By: AggieLady
Date Posted: 13 Aug 2014 at 7:18pm
Thanks for the information.  I will sign.


Posted By: crainbebo
Date Posted: 13 Aug 2014 at 7:42pm
My goodness this is creepy! Reminds me of all those PSAs in the 1980s - all those Drug-Free America (except "Brain on Drugs") and domestic violence, etc ads were scary. And when someone almost falls heading to the door, thinking someone was in need of help - and this commercial actually aired, it IS dangerous. Life Alert needs to pull this horrible scary commercial off the air. 

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Posted By: i8acannibal
Date Posted: 13 Aug 2014 at 8:06pm
Originally posted by Autumn Autumn wrote:


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*


Oh great.

"HeeeeEEeeEEEEeeeelp meeeee.....I.....I need a Wendy's pretzel cheese buuuuuurgeeeer..."

"HeeEEeeEEEEEeeeeeEEeelp meeEEEeeee...I neeeeeed..to saaave 15% or moooore on car insuuuUUUuurrrannnnccce..."


Now that's better...

I love how this ad always seems to play at 3am. Makes for great dreams. Seems like it's always extra loud, too. Makes me really want to get old.

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Posted By: SJames
Date Posted: 13 Aug 2014 at 8:23pm
Originally posted by ren_saiyuri ren_saiyuri wrote:

If you'd like, there's a petition running through Change.org asking to have this commercial removed. 

Can I ask why why this is deemed so offensive that it needs to be banned from the airwaves via petition? (It's not like you can see up her house-dress or anything). We all pick at the commercials here, that's the point of the site, but I never see anybody advocating for actual censorship of commercials we each personally don't like. If we all did that, there would be no ads at all on the air, no sponsorship, and nothing to pay for our entertainment. Isn't there some "Stop the killing of ______" you could speak out against instead of a device on a commercial that has been proven to save lives? Sorry, but this is a stupid thing to go waving another pointless protest sign about out of boredom.


Posted By: aka ron
Date Posted: 13 Aug 2014 at 8:55pm
Originally posted by ren_saiyuri ren_saiyuri wrote:

AggieLady:  
(Note to other posters, I apologize, I realize this is a bit of a bump but I didn't think another thread was any more appropriate.))
If you'd like, there's a petition running through Change.org asking to have this commercial removed. I'm sure it would be appreciated if you would sign it and add your opinion. It's being communicated with Life Alert, although of course they're not being receptive at the moment. 

http://www.change.org/petitions/life--emergency-response-inc-remove-the-ment-commercial - http://www.change.org/petitions/life-alert-emergency-response-inc-remove-the-basement-commercial
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Posted By: PaWolf
Date Posted: 14 Aug 2014 at 12:45am
Originally posted by Afroscotswoman Afroscotswoman wrote:

This commercial made me cry :(
Me too, but then the 'businesswolf' in me took over:
1.) Figure out the age demographics in the immediate area.
2.) Determine number of widows and widowers.
3.) Determine how many of those live in single-family homes with basements, alone and without any looking in on them.
4.) Use phone solicitation in a bombarding fashion, to sell them affordable and reliable safety necklaces.
Sure would seem that makes the world a little better and all can smile and feel good about providing a needed, blessed service, doncha know?
'cept for one thing...
All of this happening in 'The Land Of The Free And The Home Of The Brazen'? Winkno no no no no no no... 
Between the time the sale has been made and before the activated safety token arrives, one mustn't forget to have the basement stairs greased (but ensure there will be a comfy, cushioned landing) the day before 'Laundry Day' so they can break in and rob the elderly of all their worldly belongings...Evil Smile
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Posted By: Thor
Date Posted: 14 Aug 2014 at 12:56am
Originally posted by SJames SJames wrote:

Originally posted by ren_saiyuri ren_saiyuri wrote:

If you'd like, there's a petition running through Change.org asking to have this commercial removed. 

Can I ask why why this is deemed so offensive that it needs to be banned from the airwaves via petition? (It's not like you can see up her house-dress or anything). We all pick at the commercials here, that's the point of the site, but I never see anybody advocating for actual censorship of commercials we each personally don't like. If we all did that, there would be no ads at all on the air, no sponsorship, and nothing to pay for our entertainment. Isn't there some "Stop the killing of ______" you could speak out against instead of a device on a commercial that has been proven to save lives? Sorry, but this is a stupid thing to go waving another pointless protest sign about out of boredom.

Here's the rationale from the website:

Your commmercial is frightening and traumatic for those who deal with anxiety disorders and suffer from panic attacks. Many people from around the world have voiced the same opinion, and you refuse to listen. Please remove this commercial and in the future consider advertising based on the merits of your service, not on how scared you can make viewers.




Posted By: SJames
Date Posted: 14 Aug 2014 at 3:53am
Originally posted by Thor Thor wrote:

Here's the rationale from the website:

Your commmercial is frightening and traumatic for those who deal with anxiety disorders and suffer from panic attacks. Many people from around the world have voiced the same opinion, and you refuse to listen. Please remove this commercial and in the future consider advertising based on the merits of your service, not on how scared you can make viewers.

After reading that, I had to check it out and it does seem that some of the petitioners do cite panic attacks and such for the reason to be pulled. So I obviously won't make light of that, but this next reason made me chuckle a little bit:

Quote This commercial is creepy, especially late at night right during a murder mystery show like Criminal Minds.

''Watching Criminal Minds late-night doesn't bother me, but oh boy, that commercial...! Shocked''

(I'll assume that one was probably a joke response).






Posted By: AquilaLorelei
Date Posted: 16 Aug 2014 at 12:42pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4JzxG0cnpg

Here it is, and it terrifies me every time!  Honestly, I thought at first it WAS an ad for a horror movie!


Posted By: Angry McPisseron
Date Posted: 16 Aug 2014 at 2:59pm
Originally posted by the raytownian the raytownian wrote:

...I need to check out that WoV track...
 
I was just on YouTube looking for it myself, but my search was fruitless. Confused


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Posted By: Thor
Date Posted: 16 Aug 2014 at 4:05pm
Originally posted by Tampon Submarine Tampon Submarine wrote:

Originally posted by the raytownian the raytownian wrote:

...I need to check out that WoV track...
 
I was just on YouTube looking for it myself, but my search was fruitless. Confused

It's just this silly little thing they threw in on the "The Index Masters" EP.  I guess it's supposed to conjure up images of calling to check on Granma, but---uh-oh---she isn't answering.  You can hear it following Ring of Fire at 18:56:





Posted By: zippyjet
Date Posted: 19 Aug 2014 at 6:22am
Originally posted by alicetherat alicetherat wrote:

No, that's not it. I haven't seen it since; I'm wondering if it was pulled off the air.

It hasn't been pulled. As a matter of fact you can catch it at least several times a night when watching Me TV.



It is realistic, the plump old lady sprawled at the bottom of the stairway to the basement with the laundry all over the place. With those fancy digs I'm surprised plump old granny doesn't have an exploited illegal alien washing her Carter's fart catchers and Depends.


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Posted By: zippyjet
Date Posted: 19 Aug 2014 at 6:41am

Check out these spoofs on these things for old people who fall and can't get up.


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Posted By: ChrisInMI
Date Posted: 06 Sep 2014 at 1:54am
Is this still on?  The reason I ask is I just saw a Life Alert commercial on Investigation Discovery, but it was the older one with the younger woman hearing her mom, who has fallen in the shower, crying for help and running to check on her (I don't mind that commercial actually; I think it does a more effective job of illustrating the need for such a product without needlessly terrifying people and preying on emotions).  I was wondering if maybe Life Alert had finally caved in to all the backlash and decided to pull the ad.  I haven't seen the creepy commercial in quite a while.


Posted By: Tennis, Anyone?
Date Posted: 06 Sep 2014 at 2:34am
What an awful, awful commercial. A real stomach-turner. As soon as it comes on, I change the channel. What are the idiots at advertising agencies thinking when they come up with these ideas? Do they think they're appealing and that people will want to sit through 30 seconds of it?

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Posted By: ShinyGreenApple
Date Posted: 07 Sep 2014 at 1:28am
I saw this one for the first time this afternoon and it almost made me cry. My parents are approaching 70 and Mom doesn't get around that great anymore, so my mind immediately replaces the old lady at the bottom of the stairs with her. Probably the point of the ad, but it's still something I'd rather not see again, ever. 


Posted By: thedude
Date Posted: 07 Sep 2014 at 5:12am
Shocked
Damn. I need to call my mom. That's so depressing.


Why would they do this? That broke my f**king heart into a million pieces!
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Posted By: crainbebo
Date Posted: 09 Jul 2018 at 1:27am
THIS COMMERCIAL IS BACK. I have seen it at least three times in the past few days. They have added a warning to the beginning of the commercial, saying that you may be 'offended'. Why did they bring it back? What is wrong with them?! It reminds me of those child abuse or Drug-Free America PSAs of the '80s - creepy, effective, terrifying, scary. 

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Posted By: atikovi
Date Posted: 09 Jul 2018 at 10:56pm
May have been disturbing 4 years ago when it came out, but now pretty tame compared to some of today's ads. Between the anti-smoking ads with the woman that had half her jaw removed or the guy with a tube in his throat, to the pharma ads that say you are terminal but take our drug and you may last another 3 months there is nothing that the adtards wont create.


Posted By: verminstew
Date Posted: 10 Jul 2018 at 12:35am
UnhappyI heard this commercial the other day when I was in the other room and a chill ran down my spine..here's the 2018 version



Posted By: thespianmom
Date Posted: 11 Jul 2018 at 5:32pm
Okay....so this scenario happened to me, almost exactly.  I lost my mom that day.  And guess what, I had made her get the damn life alert.  She wouldn't wear it all the time.  She wasn't wearing it that day.  Her doctor told me his mother in law had it AROUND HER NECK when she fell, but she never pushed the button.
Not only that, when I returned it after she died, they kept telling me I never sent it back.  I had to call them about ten times for them to finally get the message.
We had been going to have an intervention to get her to move into a place where she'd be watched...she was doing great for 93 but I was afraid of just that happening.  She wouldn't budge.  
Ugh.  I detest this.


Posted By: crainbebo
Date Posted: 12 Jul 2018 at 11:22pm
I just saw this awful commercial once again on National Geographic. I practically RAN to the TV and muted it before the disclaimer went away. I just can't. 

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Posted By: Puppydogpants
Date Posted: 15 Jul 2018 at 1:22am
I don't get why they added a disclaimer at the beginning. Why would I be "offended" by this? Don't get me wrong, I don't like the commercial, but "offended" is a weird choice of words. Don't they always show an old person laying on the ground screaming for help in all of these commercials since like the 1980's?

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Posted By: crainbebo
Date Posted: 15 Jul 2018 at 2:37am
Those old 'I've Fallen and I Can't Get Up' commercials have been parodied so many times and people laugh at them. This time, Life Alert decided to 'punish' the viewers by showing a real woman on the floor, screaming for help in a dark house. It's so unnerving, that it almost seems like a real situation.

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