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A short cartoon incorporating some of my favorite aspects of biology and horror. Internet discussion of nightmare fuel, creepypasta and the uncanny valley have all contributed!

They're meant to be nameless and mysterious, but I did give nicknames to all the creatures so I could recognize the files, of course. In order of appearance:

-Bogglemen
-Goliathan
-Muzzle & Gnawbaby
-Dumbo heads (inspired by the Ocean Sunfish, but it's probably not obvious)
-Gaper and Sophagus (based on blobfish and basking sharks)
-Chuckleheads!!! (also my favorite obsolete insult)
-Void snort
-Sex angler (lol, yeah)
-Scrutiner (pretty much just the face of a deep-sea hatchetfish)
-Spore angels (inspired by Clione, a type of sea slug)
-Pucker & Nosey (actually based on "Pob" and "Noseybonk" from 80's television in the UK)
-Peepers
-Grumbler
-The swallower
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Daily Deviation

Given 2011-05-04
Abyssal a flash animation by ~scythemantis ( Suggested by Necronoise and Featured by Moonbeam13 )
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daikaijugamer Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
For some reason I get nostalgic vibes from this. Maybe it's because of a documentary about deep sea creatures I saw when I was 4 years old (I used to watch a crapton of nature documentaries as a kid :D), and because I find the concept of sea monsters to be frightening, disturbing and really fascinating to me. That and I also love bizarre and otherworldly creatures.
Great job! (^^)
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Necronoise Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Still love this animation.
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Codeyellow07 Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
Very Lovecraftian
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:iconantique-blooms:
Antique-Blooms Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Student General Artist
have you ever read "The thing that drifted ashore" by Junji Ito? [link]
It's what I thought of the first time I watched this
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scythemantis Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yep! :D
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:iconalymarry:
alymarry Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
o_o
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:iconmaximwolf:
MaximWolf Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Student General Artist
oh......my.......cuss....that is so tripped up! talk about about schizo!
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:iconcrimsonrisk:
CrimsonRisk Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
0.0
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MiivatiousGodOfTrust Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
THE SPORE ANGelS ARE BA-ING?!
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alymarry Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
OMG YOU MADE ME LOL!!!!
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:icontheflamingpickle:
TheFlamingPickle Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
You, sir, have just guaranteed that I will not sleep at all this week.
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DeathNote64 Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
what ever your smoking, i want it. o_o
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scythemantis Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nothing ever actually, never even tried a beer :P
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DeathNote64 Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
.....can i borrow your brain then? :|
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:iconscythemantis:
scythemantis Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
but it might be brokened!
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DeathNote64 Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Good enough! lol =P
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:iconbrontozaurus:
Brontozaurus Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, it's not like I was planning to sleep tonight anyway...
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:iconeverspirt:
Everspirt Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh my god...I'm gonna have night mares.....
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destroy02 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Student General Artist
estas demente!! esta genial!!
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UmbreonShadow64 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I can't think of anything to say...
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HangMansJoke Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Student General Artist
had a great laugh, I did - my response to the genuinely creepy and frightening. Thanks for the insight into your own nightmare abyss =D
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:iconynamercado:
ynamercado Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AMAZING :heart:
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Charming-Manatee Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Student
this is truly scare me..:D
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:iconi-got-tigerblood:
I-Got-Tigerblood Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
...there's a certain beauty to this. This actually reminds me of quite a few of my dreams... |D
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PakisWin Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Odd, I didn't jump once, and wasn't the slightest scared, but when I see moths in real life (the big ones), I freeze and don't move for an hour... :ohnoes:
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scythemantis Featured By Owner May 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Moths are just flying dusty bunnies c :
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:iconpakiswin:
PakisWin Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Terrifying dust bunnies! :noes:
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Drakmore-Eromkard Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
This is what goes on inside my hat. :evillaugh:
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maffi Featured By Owner May 7, 2011
<3
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JeesesJam Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Student Digital Artist
i love the sex angler ^^ awesome idea, i think it will be one of my favorit creatures ever, i love the criticism behind it

i would do more but i just can favorite it ^^
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scythemantis Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
No criticism intended at all actually, I just thought it would make a cool monster idea :)
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JeesesJam Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Student Digital Artist
xD haha, its good anyway. ^^
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Alxias Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
That was pretty freaky. XD
I totally jumped a few times.
Probably wasn't the best thing to watch right before bed though.. XD
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Bluelagoon4444 Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
That was one of the scariest things I've ever seen.
Kudos, lovely deviant. ;u;
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
Great work. Congratulations to the DD. :iconflowerheartplz:
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DrZock Featured By Owner May 5, 2011
Gorgeous! I love the idea of abyssal humans. Your designs are slick and visceral as always. The only thing I could think to criticize in this is the protagonist's simplistic design. Obviously, it's intended to create a stark contrast with the creatures around him, but I think at times it's almost too distracting, and why would you want to draw attention away from these magnificent abominations?

I found the Bogglemen the most frightening and disconcerting. Their sudden appearance, fast movement, and dramatic place in the story (they're the first truly out-of-the-ordinary thing we encounter, and their cry the first sound we hear) make them the most memorable, despite, or perhaps because of, the fact that we never actually get a good look at them. Plus, wide-eyed, gaping faces creep the hell outta me, so there's that.

All in all, brilliant. I'm a big fan of the site, I wish you luck on the Mortasheen e-book, and congrats on the daily deviation! You deserve it.
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scythemantis Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, I didn't even notice this got a DD! I think that would make it my very first ever.

I always did mean to go back and update the artwork a little bit, the guy could be animated a little better.
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Ambyst Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
I hallucinate some kind of things like it when i have fever. I felt it as the same way when i see your video. :D
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DeadloveCalling Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Student Writer
That was fantastic! Cool character designs
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prowlieandjazz Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
That was creepily awesome!
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Neila078 Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:O **shitting bricks**
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KuroKarasu Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Gotta love monsters based on abyssal sea life! :D Grats on the DD, BTW.
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WH1T3-N0153 Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This totally reminds me of The Beatles' Yellow Submarine movie. :XD:
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:iconzminz:
Zminz Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Remind me of either hell, or whats in my closet...
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DoorTraveler Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Student Writer
First reaction: "DUDE."
But beyond that ... this is spectacular. I mean this is really ... my reaction seems to lack good words, but seriously.
THAT. WAS. AWESOME.

digged the ending.
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Kagsacar Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
O.o i think that was the best depiction of a hellish abyssal nightmare ever,
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The-Golden-Knight Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
Chuckleheads; VERY funny. :iconbutt-headplz:
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red-amEs Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Student
That was actually really lovely. xD
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Vamppy Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
This is amazing and horrifying!! Great job, love the sound effects!
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whitty-boo Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Student Digital Artist
If I was that dude, I would be turning on the lights and praying or something instead of going back to sleep!
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