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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 :.

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GegnerGegner

Rated 4 / 5 stars

Never Sleeping Again

Good lord, those were some freaky denizens in that flash. I must honestly say that by the time I saw the "skull stalk" things, I would have been so out of my mind I would have probably bitten off my own tongue to get away from all those things. Superbly disturbing job on this.


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19WhiteBoy8919WhiteBoy89

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Good job

I was thouroughly disturbed after watching this. It was a good, creepy feeling that I can relate to. That horrific terror of being trapped in the bottomless, never-ending, totally-absent-of-all-light-and-hope nightmare that I think we've all had at least once. The character designs were good. One of them seriously looked like sperm, though, and one very soon after looked like it was waving a naked female torso.


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Scythemantis responds:

I don't remember which would have looked like sperm but the torso thing was intentional :p


Stinger839Stinger839

Rated 4 / 5 stars

very cool

Totally felt the deep ocean atmosphere. A little cruder than some of your other work, but the monster/creature designs shine. Can really tell that you've studied actual deep sea creatures in concocting some of these guys.



MuffinigansMuffinigans

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Horrifying.

Watch this at midnight, it's terribly scary...

This animation gave me some serious chills. The heart-piercing sound choice was great, and all the personage designs - flawless. I loved the emptiness of this, a true abyss. The lack of background music was really nice and fresh after a long day's noise, you know?
Good job, keep it up. I will look more into your works during daylight.


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bullseye94bullseye94

Rated 5 / 5 stars

awsome

love these vids, dude you rule, you could seriously make money off of some of this, give it some thought