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Jan 9, 2009 | 8:37 AM EST
  • Daily 2nd Place January 10, 2009

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The deep-sea abyss (marine biology) meets the uncanny valley (psychology) in my second pure "horror" story. It's not supposed to take place in water, but it is based on the common fear of being caught in the open ocean, never knowing what might stare back at you from the murk.

I also put careful consideration into the types of television characters that people found traumatic when they were younger, and based two monsters directly off notorious examples of "nightmare fuel" from British television (they're in the same shot. I'm not British, but I do enjoy their kid's shows)

I wasn't sure how to rate the nudity or violence in this. There's only one instance of each, both rather subtle and abstract.

Not counting the double-upload of "ants," this is my thirteenth cartoon and I didn't even plan it that way!

Thanks for the feature! I wasn't expected one at all :.

Reviews


happyfox9happyfox9

Rated 4 / 5 stars

creepy...?

what the heck is this about?


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Scythemantis responds:

It's about, uh...being in a really weird place, with weird things! :)


ShmeckleShmeckle

Rated 5 / 5 stars

oohh man . . .

if that was me i woulda been shittin my pants all time to sunday! i think i heard a phrase like that on tv once . . .



DaRkKiNgRaVeNDaRkKiNgRaVeN

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

nice

i liked the abstract art style, only wish the detail was there but i dont think that realism is even what you were going for. the audio was nice and fitting and at least gave off the feeling of dark ambience.

all in all great work you should be proud.


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BraatpitBraatpit

Rated 3 / 5 stars

shows promise

I like your artwork and the monsters. I also like the idea of the flash, but it could've been better, here are some things i think you could incorporate the next time.

Make a storyline:
This flash seemed rather random, it didn't really have a goal or story behind it. Next time, try to let it make more sense. Doesn't mean you can't still make it surreal and horrorish, but it would be more scary if the main character actually did something besides sleep and dream of scary things.

Make things happen:
IT seemed as if all the monsters really did was float around and look scary and make noises. If they actually devoured something or did something else they would make a lot more of an impact.

This is the first time i actually had something constructive to say about a flash so i hope its appreciated. And if not, well who cares right :-)
Keep it up!


Scythemantis responds:

I probably should have had some little creatures being eaten by the others, somehow or other it didn't even cross my mind! If I ever come back to it in the future I'll probably add more content and animation :)

The implication of the ending is that he's not dreaming at all, but has been fooled into thinking he's home by whatever it is that swallowed him, but I left it unknown how he'd actually gotten there, which he didn't seem to know either :)


GreenHell55GreenHell55

Rated 5 / 5 stars

I Was Thinking lol.

Well i Liked it Even Though I Was Covering half my face At The End I was thinking when he was about to get through the portal out of knowwhere it closes and all u hear is "Gotcha Bitch"would have been funny but either way its kool mostly kool also i looked at the show it very interesting plus your description helped so i later understood the meaning of this flash and yes we probably do all have this fear of something watching us.