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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 :.



Pesonally, I though it was funny.


you rock

Lovecraft would have been proud.

While the inspiration for this video is obvious, you manage to capture what I term as the ultimate fear: realizing that you are a tiny speck in the vast cosmos, at the mercy of greater powers. Realizing that the only reason you're still alive is that you are beneath those powers' notice. And then comes the point when something does notice you...
Keep it up. I'd like to see more of this kind of thing in the future.

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Not bad. Though a little bit of the creepyness is lost on me, but that's basically cuz this entire thing seemed inspired by the documentary "Deep sea", part of the "Blue Planet" series about wild life in the ocean. This focusing on all the fish in the deeper parts of the ocean. You definitely did the trick of making them creepier though, so props for that. Not saying it's a rip off of those creatures, but I'd say a good... four or five of the creatures in this look really similar to those. Just saying.
On another note, it needs to be... I don't know, slower to be scary, I'd say. It moves along way too quickly to be truly unsettling. That's just my two cents, anyway. What's here is good, if only needing to be pushed a little further.

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Scythemantis responds:

I actually didn't get to see Blue Planet until a bit more recently, I've loved the deep sea abyss since I read about it as a child :)

I'm glad you felt it went by a little fast, other people complained it was too long and slow; I think it's fairly brief!

Unsettling beyond all measure.

To tell you the truth, I don't think any of this site's contributors have succeeded in capturing such an omnipresent sense of dread and hopelessness in less than five minutes. Psychological horror of this magnitude is a rare gem, captured by only the most insightful and warped minds. This submission is much appreciated. Thank you.

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4.33 / 5.00

Jan 9, 2009
8:37 AM EST