This Spotify ‘horror’ advert has been banned for being ‘too scary’


A Spotify advert has been banned from TV after being deemed too frightening for broadcast. Check it out below.

The advert is filmed in the style of horror movie and centred around a young couple who become obsessed with the song ‘Havana’ by Camila Cabello. However, playing the huge Number One single always brings a terrifying antique doll to life.

The ad ends with the tagline “Killer songs you can’t resist”.


While the ad ran on Youtube earlier in June, Joe reports that the Advertising Standards Authority has banned the advert after it caused distress to a child after being shown ‘on a channel that children are likely to watch’.

“The fact that the ad was set inside a home, including a bedtime setting, and featured a doll, meant it was particularly likely to cause distress to children who saw it,” said the ASA in its ruling.

Spotify then responded: “We acknowledge the ruling from the ASA and regret any distress the ad may have caused the complainant.”

They wanted to make it clear that the ad was for the streaming service, and not a horror film.


Earlier this summer, Youtube was forced to remove the trailer for horror film The Nun after it was also deemed to be too scary for viewers.