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aw, fucking hell! magnificent. er, what channel would that be? :)

missed this thread first time round ... anyway, "Panning shot through burned out house w/echoing voices of frightened children. Thus proving that giving matches to the very young is not a good idea" chilled me to the fucking bones when i was a kid, and i'm really quite glad that, when i clicked to watch it there, it had been "removed due to terms-of-use violation". whew.

i have a lengthy DVD of PIFs, and also -- yes -- "protect and survive" on VHS. i love this shit. even though it makes my soul go cold.

i have, however, never seen apaches. indeed: i'd never even heard of it. hmm: it's quarter to one on a saturday morning and mrs fiendish is watching season one of "medium" on DVD. now might be my time ...

grimly fiendish, Saturday, 29 March 2008 00:44 (6 years ago) Permalink

note to other late-night PIF-liking UK ilx0rs: BBC2.

the one i always remember, but only ever saw once, was a "be careful with petrol on boats!" kind of thing, where a dude in the middle of the ocean tried to top up his outboard motor while lighting a fag.

i seem to recall the mother of all explosions; they had to pan back several miles [1] to get the whole thing in.

[1] adjust for exaggeration to suit.

grimly fiendish, Saturday, 29 March 2008 00:49 (6 years ago) Permalink

hmm. 10 minutes into apaches, i'm not gripped. "threads" it ain't. just scrotes, scroting.

grimly fiendish, Saturday, 29 March 2008 01:01 (6 years ago) Permalink

OOOOH, shit. kid in slurry pit. the bubbles are an unpleasantly grim touch.

ok, yeh, this is dark as all hell.

grimly fiendish, Saturday, 29 March 2008 01:02 (6 years ago) Permalink

Bloody hell I can't stay up till 3.30, SOME OF US HAVE TO WORK YOU KNOW, let's see if I can remember how to set a video for the first time in about a decade.

Matt #2, Saturday, 29 March 2008 01:08 (6 years ago) Permalink

Not sure I can actually stay awake 'til then either. Why hide programs like this away? (also why give it a stupid title so it doesn't even jump out of the tv guide as something to watch?). Biggest childhood horror I remember, not sure if it was a general release PIF, or a railway police special, but the 3rd-rail burny-leg disaster was pretty scary, even though I lived in north wales and we didn't have electric rails. There's a good one on the tv at the moment which makes motorcycling look like the ultimate in extreme sport if-this-corner-doesn't-kill-you-something-around-the-next-one-will, I almost turned over, but I knew it'd probably be alright.

Bocken Social Scene, Saturday, 29 March 2008 01:08 (6 years ago) Permalink

bloody hell. on to the third bit of apaches now. the wee girl's screams will haunt my dreams tonight, i fear. fucking hell.

on a marginally less bleak note: anyone remember "play it safe" with jimmy savile, a series of jolly little five-minute PIFs where the bejewelled funster pointed out how your house/garden/bike/etc was trying to kill you?

grimly fiendish, Saturday, 29 March 2008 01:11 (6 years ago) Permalink

Am I the only one that remembers The Finishing Line? It haunts me to this day.

Matt #2, Saturday, 29 March 2008 01:18 (6 years ago) Permalink

xpost ... no, what was that?

as for apaches ... jesus.

that was deeply unpleasant.

anyone seen "building sites bite", then?

i'm off to bed, to sit, huddled and shivering, under the duvet.

grimly fiendish, Saturday, 29 March 2008 01:19 (6 years ago) Permalink

i am not watching this tonight.

anyway:

the finishing line.

grimly fiendish, Saturday, 29 March 2008 01:21 (6 years ago) Permalink

(piss: you need to be an accredited school/university/whatever to watch BFI streaming videos, of course. ach. next time i'm in the library, then.)

grimly fiendish, Saturday, 29 March 2008 01:24 (6 years ago) Permalink

you need more than that - I can't get it to work through UCLs proxy server. I've got 80minutes to try and work out what's wrong I guess..

Bocken Social Scene, Saturday, 29 March 2008 01:27 (6 years ago) Permalink

poxy server morelike. I think maybe I shouldnt've bothered. still, lots of nice stuff to look at on screenonline at least.

Bocken Social Scene, Saturday, 29 March 2008 01:56 (6 years ago) Permalink

So I watched one episode of Star Trek TNG (the one with Max Headroom) and went to bed, as the next episode had Worf's son in it, fuck that. Anyone watch the PIF doc?

Matt #2, Saturday, 29 March 2008 08:59 (6 years ago) Permalink

recorded it, but not watched it yet. hopefully get a chance today.

grimly fiendish, Saturday, 29 March 2008 13:24 (6 years ago) Permalink

I'm still kind of o_O over "Apaches".

HI DERE, Saturday, 29 March 2008 13:38 (6 years ago) Permalink

i'm not bloody surprised. it was bad enough for me, and i didn't have to look at a grave with my name on it!

grimly fiendish, Saturday, 29 March 2008 14:16 (6 years ago) Permalink

documentary: it was OK, if a little short (an hour would have been nicer; maybe a little more social history and a little less of andrew collins stating the obvious). not nearly enough on "protect and survive" for my liking, or the whole banality-of-danger stuff from the late seventies and early eighties (eg your boat/chip pan/electric fire/kettle/bike/frisbee/rug/etc is going to kill you); that said, i'd also like to have seen some more of the immediate post-war ones, so i guess i'd only have been truly happy with a five-hour epic.

grimly fiendish, Sunday, 30 March 2008 15:02 (6 years ago) Permalink

I still can't bring myself to watch these again. Especially Apaches.

Noodle Vague, Sunday, 30 March 2008 15:37 (6 years ago) Permalink

3 years pass...

I have been looking for this thread for a year, trying to remember the name of that horrifying death farm PSA

"Apaches", I will try not to forget your name this time

(thinks and smiles) (DJP), Wednesday, 22 February 2012 19:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

Next time you can just search for HUGE SHITPIT OF DEATH

Feebs K-Tel (NickB), Wednesday, 22 February 2012 22:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

now more than ever, can't bring myself to rescreen

contreatable logorrhea (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 22 February 2012 22:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

Feebs K-Tel (NickB), Wednesday, 22 February 2012 22:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

Feebs K-Tel (NickB), Wednesday, 22 February 2012 22:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

Slurry seems to be the hardest word

contreatable logorrhea (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 22 February 2012 22:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

jesus those pics made my skin crawl

(thinks and smiles) (DJP), Wednesday, 22 February 2012 22:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

In Ireland these days they have moved from existential dread to gore in public information films (or advertisements as they call them these days). So we have had a number of ones for various aspects of car safety stuff ("Fasten your seatbelt you moron!", "Turn off your mobile phone, you stupid bitch!", and "For fuck's sake what made you think that driving after a feed of pints would be a good idea?" etc.) that show people being graphically mashed by out of control vehicles. They annoy me.

The New Dirty Vicar, Thursday, 23 February 2012 17:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

Wish I knew what some of Pashmina's broken links up there were.

beachville, Thursday, 23 February 2012 17:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

We watched a documentary on herpes that included extreme close-ups of herpes breakouts. It was beyond gross.

I remember a lecturer talking about how gross-out public information films are not that effective at changing behaviour. He was talking about when he was in the army, they made the soldiers watch an in-your-face film about the horrors of veneral disease (as they then called it). It was very shocking, he said, and they were all talking about it on the way down to the brothel.

The New Dirty Vicar, Thursday, 23 February 2012 18:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

No one ever posted those Canadian "prevent it" ads?

dead-trius (Eric H.), Thursday, 23 February 2012 18:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

They're on some other thread. I think about that one all the time.

beachville, Thursday, 23 February 2012 18:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

God, this has been nagging me for a few days now. I can sort of remember an American PSA from the early 1980s, featuring a burnt-out building and narrated by a cartoon cricket. I don't know whether it was for smoking safety, lighter safety, or smoke alarms, but I feel like it had to be one of those. I've already scoped out the various Cricket Lighter commercials on youtube. Would be happy to just have confirmation that something like this existed.

beachville, Friday, 2 March 2012 10:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

damn, came on this thread via the horror film poll and now i'm looking at horrible public safety ads. as if i didnt have a hard enough time falling asleep.

Jibe, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 15:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'll repeat my request for info/confirmation on the PSA I mentioned above.

beachville, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 15:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

This was always a fave -

BlackIronPrison, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 15:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

re: The Finishing Line (ps no fucking way I'm watching this tonight)

"Post-Oven" (DJP), Wednesday, 10 July 2013 04:08 (1 year ago) Permalink

The David Lynch anti-littering PSA is a thing of beauty, not least for the bikers' revel at 0:42...

one way street, Wednesday, 10 July 2013 08:09 (1 year ago) Permalink

on a marginally less bleak note: anyone remember "play it safe" with jimmy savile, a series of jolly little five-minute PIFs where the bejewelled funster pointed out how your house/garden/bike/etc was trying to kill you?

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the SI unit of ignorance (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 10 July 2013 08:14 (1 year ago) Permalink

I love DL's anti-littering PSA. They need to start airing it again because I bet it's pretty effective.

carl agatha, Wednesday, 10 July 2013 13:55 (1 year ago) Permalink


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