And so do some of the strangest licensing deals you've ever seen...
1. Frankenstein Hates This Joint
It's the master work against which all other monster/ad hybrids must measure themselves. And also, it shows Frankenstein with arthritis problems.
Granted, a shambling undead man stitched together from corpses isn't the first thing you'd think of to promote an over-the-counter joint flexibility medication. But that's what makes it work.
Slate once observed that the ad is surprisingly memorable, even though "nobody gets tackled or bit in the face by a ferret."
2. Zombie Party
The Japanese will do anything to sell you Pocky. But a scary zombie movie?
Hmm, maybe it's a little too scary. Maybe it needs a cute girl and a dance number.
3. Ryoko the Vampire Slayer
Three sexy female vampires lurking in the back seat of a car run from four determined young men armed with their huge vampire-slaying crucifixes. Is it Buffy the Vampire Slayer — or just an ad for makeup?
This scary Japanese ad features coffins, wooden stakes, a surprise ending, and a health tip about fighting skin cancer.
4. Godzilla, King of Soft Drinks
He's the king of monsters, a giant fire-breathing rebuke to mankind's dangerous experiments with nuclear radiation. He can shoot laser beams from his eyes. And he's also really thirsty.
As Godzilla rampages through the city, destroying railroad tanker cars filled with wimpy lemonade, what can save Tokyo's citizens from their world of black-and-white terror? There's only one soft drink that can bring them deliverance, smiles, and cheesy 80s synthesizer music...
5. The Silver Bullet
OMG! Werewolf! Or is it just a party animal? Or just three gay frat boys?
Whatever it is, the solution is to stick a Coor's Light between your legs.
6. The Mummy wants Vaseline
Hey, everybody! Let's "Walk Like an Egyptian" — to a bottle of skin lotion!
18 years ago a guard's footsteps echoed through a creepy museum. He was about to confront a terrible curse, as an ancient naked mummified female rises from the crypt to...
...remind us of the skin lotion's non-greasy barrier against the loss of natural moisturization. Thanks, naked ancient mummified female!
By the way, the person who uploaded this video to YouTube had one word for the ancient naked mummified female.
7. The Creature from Aisle Eight
Ever amble into the liquor store at 2 in the morning, and feel like you're a monster? Well, you're not the only one...
This is a "conceptual" ad whose slogan is "Meet You There." Maybe it means your nightmares will meet you halfway — that some half-demon sea monster lurks to possess you if you start down the road of degradation signaled by Heineken beer.
Or maybe it's just another cute monster ad.
8. Dracula's Favorite Beer
Oh my god! Dracula is about to indulge that Transylvanian woman on the balcony with some sexy neck foreplay, and... no wait. All he wants is a beer. (Am I right, ladies?)
Then again, what do you expect from a guy who's wearing a cape? But at least it turns out those fangs are good for something else. (No, not that. The other thing...)
9. Sigourney Weaver vs. Aliens
I thought Alien was the scariest movie I'd ever seen, and its first sequel was even scarier. But it turns out Sigourney Weaver had a different motivation when she attacked the giant queen alien.
"All I wanna do is kick back and enjoy the DirectTV I just hooked up."
Yeah, right. So there's not a scared little girl named Newt cowering under the spaceship's deck grating? You just wanna watch TV? Thanks for spoiling the moment...
10. Elvira: Mistress of the Vegetarians
No one's done more for Halloween than Elvira — including a lot of bad commercials for Coor's Light. But last year she rose from the dead to deliver a fierce warning to the monsters of the world.
"Silly zombie. Flesh-eating is for worms."
So go vegetarian, Elvira urges. (It's an ad for PETA directed by Andy Dick.) Though Elvira always gives me the urge to celebrate Halloween with a cool, refreshing Coor's Light...
Does anybody else feel like getting drunk and watching monster movies?
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