Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Ban-It-Yourself Exorcism Products

A funny section in the September 1975 issue of The Monster Times #43, aka the ALL-DEMON ISSUE, entitled Ban-It-Yourself Exorcism Products-- from the headline: Merchants and advertisers have barely yet begun to plumb the enormous commercial possibilities of the Occult. This is puzzling, because the very drives which lead people to turn to the occult-- mainly a deep-rooted horror and revulsion of the Flesh, and a desire to achieve some super-human, ultra-antiseptic "Perfection of Spirit" --are precisely the same drives that keep them buying deodorant soap and air freshener. Certainly the hysterical popularity of THE EXORCIST should've given Madison Avenue a hint, and set them to merchandising products like this.















6 comments:

JMR777 said...

No comments yet? I'm surprised, especially since the cover of this magazine features the Demon from Night of the Demon/Curse of the Demon/Karswell's attack dog to get rid of unwanted pests.

All of these products featured would be great sellers as gag gifts or for those who see an imp or spirit lurking in every shadowy corner.

Mr. Karswell said...

Haha, it's possible that this post simply has a curse on it, JMR! ;)

Mr. Cavin said...

Man, this is some high-quality satire right here. I rarely think off-brand humor like this rises to the level of Mad, but this stuff would look perfectly natural with Al Jaffee illustrations. Ads We'd Like to See Dept. That Clearasin copy is solid gold. Also, for some reason I feel an urgent desire to watch Dracula A.D. 1972 again real soon.

And Star Trek Exorcist for that matter.

Mr. Karswell said...

All one has to do is utter the magical words "Caroline Munro" and instantly Dracula AD is ON! Thanks for the comments you guys! :)

Craftypants Carol said...

Man I really want to know what that vampire Be Gone stuff smells like!

Mr. Karswell said...

Probably garlic!