Truly Scary TV Graphics That Make Kids Freak Out

What do you think disinfo community, should we take this report in Fast Company at face value?

Screen Gems

Immediately following a 1965 episode of Bewitched, Design Crimes HQ’s switchboard was overloaded with mysterious distress calls. Many consisted only of whimpering. In the background of some, faint yet hypnotic chimes could be heard. Responding officers found children cowering behind the La-Z-Boy, or hiding in the broom closet, inconsolable. No record of assailant(s) reported. Televisions showed only Peyton Place. Over the next decade, similar distress calls were received, but without hard evidence of design assault, case was closed in 1974.

Now, independent paranormal graphics researcher Rodney Ascher has re-opened case with conclusive proof, unveiled at the Sundance Film Festival, of the graphic’s existence, and recently declassified eye-witness reports of its demonic effect on children in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Assailant now understood to be Screen Gems Logo, comprising animated bars of light that appeared to reach out of television screens, drawing unsuspecting children into alternate dimension through hypnosis and creepy music.

Research now reveals a rash of similar attacks throughout that era. Assailants include PBS and Walt Disney, heretofore considered wholesome and immune to such witchery. A Design Crimes case squad has been formed to examine all reports of attacks. If you or someone you love were or are suspected to be a victim, post a comment below. Following video footage not recommended for children. View at your own discretion.

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  • sport

    wtf is “design crimes hq”?

  • mutterhals

    What the hell were you people on, that wasn't scary at all.

  • yoda

    i really dont understand why everyone is so freaked out. over that?

  • 5by5

    Actually, I always found the Hanna-Barbera one comforting. It marked the conclusion of a fruitful Saturday morning spent watching cartoons, playing with Legos, and gobbling down Sugar Pops right before the parental units kicked us out of the house to play outside.

    Plus after either PBS one or the WGBH one, i was usually a bit smarter after having just finished watching some educational program, so no, not freaked out by those either.

    I think a better question might be, were the parents of these kids high on LSD while they were procreating or giving birth to their spawn? That might explain things a bit better….

  • Word Eater

    I don't get it.

  • sport

    the point is that it's a play on something that's part of our lives, trying to help us to see it in a different way. this whole thing is just promotion for the movie.

  • Rheokhu

    The article is a viral ad for a movie. Nothing of value would be lost if the moderators removed it.

    • http://disinfo.com Majestic

      It's not an ad, although it does relate to a documentary film that is being hyped at the current Sundance Film Fesitival:

      http://www.thesfromhell.com/ABOUT.html

      THE S FROM HELL is a short documentary-cum-horror film about the scariest corporate symbol in history – The 1964 Screen Gems logo, aka ‘The S From Hell.’ Built around interviews with survivors still traumatized from their childhood exposure to the logo after shows like Bewitched or The Monkees, the film brings their stories to life with animation, found footage, and dramatic reenactments.

      Not an exhaustive historical documentary, THE S FROM HELL is a subjective film whose aim is make the audience feel the same fear and confusion as the children who were first confronted by the vexing, unfolding sights and mournful, dissonant sounds that hid in the cracks between their favorite TV shows.

      RODNEY ASCHER is a filmmaker whose work includes numerous short films (fiction and non-fiction), TV commercials, internet comedy videos and an animated pilot for VH1. His films have played at the SFMOMA, the Hyperion Tavern, a funeral home in Baltimore and The UCB Theater. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their cat.

      • Corvin

        “survivors still traumatized from their childhood exposure to the logo”

        Really? Survivors? That's pretty strong language. One would get the impression that this could be equated to the trauma of childhood exposure to war, a hideous natural disaster or sexual and/or physical abuse.

        My suggestion to these so called “survivors” is to grow the fuck up, get over themselves and get a fucking life.

        My suggestion to Rodney Ascher is to STFU.

  • another guest

    The only scary thing here is the fact that I wasted my time reading the article and watching the videos. I do feel assaulted by the stupidity of the whole thing. I don’t deny that there are subliminal messages placed at times, but we’re really reaching here … aren’t we?

  • another guest

    The only scary thing here is the fact that I wasted my time reading the article and watching the videos. I do feel assaulted by the stupidity of the whole thing. I don't deny that there are subliminal messages placed at times, but we're really reaching here … aren't we?

  • DeepCough

    Well, maybe to the retarded children of today who are used to bland programming might be scared by these logo spots, but, in retrospect, a lot of these spots were more creative than a lot of the dreck-shows children watch today (even if the synthesizer sounds were a tad unsettling). Although, I will admit that the Screen Gems logo certainly is the “S From Hell” because it’s associated with a lot of terrible, terrible movies, like the upocoming “Priest (in 3D)” movie for instance.

  • DeepCough

    Well, maybe to the retarded children of today who are used to bland programming might be scared by these logo spots, but, in retrospect, a lot of these spots were more creative than a lot of the dreck-shows children watch today (even if the synthesizer sounds were a tad unsettling). Although, I will admit that the Screen Gems logo certainly is the “S From Hell” because it’s associated with a lot of terrible, terrible movies, like the upocoming “Priest (in 3D)” movie for instance.

  • DeepCough

    Well, maybe to the retarded children of today who are used to bland programming might be scared by these logo spots, but, in retrospect, a lot of these spots were more creative than a lot of the dreck-shows children watch today (even if the synthesizer sounds were a tad unsettling). Although, I will admit that the Screen Gems logo certainly is the “S From Hell” because it’s associated with a lot of terrible, terrible movies, like the upocoming “Priest (in 3D)” movie for instance.