A deranged 1988 PSA about a supercomputer who hates marijuana

Here's some VHS ephemera that gives the post-apocalyptic library education series Tomes & Talismans a run for its money. In 1988, actor Richard Kiley starred in Fast Forward Future, a three-part U.S. Department of Education-funded video series about a fortune-telling computer that warns children about the dangers of… » 4/23/12 11:30am 4/23/12 11:30am

Watch David Lynch's amazingly creepy 1991 PSA about New York's rat…

Not all of David Lynch's commercials had the caffeinated zest of his Japanese Twin Peaks coffee ads. In 1991, he collaborated with Eraserhead's director of photography Frederick Elmes on this borderline apocalyptic anti-littering PSA for New York City. You can find much more of Lynch's curious commerical work at … » 3/13/12 12:30pm 3/13/12 12:30pm

The deranged 1989 Swamp Thing PSA, wherein our hero berates children

Around the time The Return of the Swamp Thing hit theaters in 1989, the mossy hero collaborated with Greenpeace on this bizarre anti-littering public service announcement. I'm pretty sure Swamp Thing used his eco-powers to transform those children into peat mummies once the cameras stopped rolling. » 2/15/12 8:25am 2/15/12 8:25am

Anti-smoking PSA from the 1980s warns Brits about the scary posthuman…

Britain's National Archives has created an amazing online collection of "public information films," or what we in the United States call "public service announcements" (PSAs). It's an incredible collection that goes back to the 1950s and continues up through 2006. Some of the movies are just silly, and others are… » 8/17/11 3:44pm 8/17/11 3:44pm

David Tennant's first TV role was in the world's worst anti-smoking PSA

Before he became renowned the world over for playing Barty Crouch Jr. (and some other role I can't remember off the top of my head), David Tennant starred in what was possibly the world's most stultifying anti-cigarette program. Together with some bemulleted child, a 16-year-old Tennant plays a teenage smoker with… » 7/31/11 2:45pm 7/31/11 2:45pm