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Insidious 2 Contest

Wed Jun 12, 2013, 1:07 PM

Perhaps you're walking down a dark hallway or climbing a creaky old staircase and you can't help but feel something unpleasant or dangerous happening. Your imagination starts to run wild… but what is it?

Your challenge is to depict a shadowy twist to a "normal" daily experience showing that danger is always closer than expected: an everyday activity that may be haunted; an accident about to happen; a terror that lurks within! Whether your artwork is based on the Insidious Chapter 2 trailer or the original film, Insidious, or you simply rely on your own sense of approaching dread, we want to see it!

Watch the Insidious Chapter 2 Trailer and read the contest Challenge. Using the visual medium of your choice depict a twist to a "normal" daily experience suggesting that danger is always closer than you think.

Read the Official Rules. Your entry must be a single .JPG or .PNG, at least 2,000 pixels in the shortest length, and suitable to be made into a print.

Submit your creation to the contest category by clicking the "submit artwork" button below.

  • $5,000 USD
  • Your winning entry framed & signed by Director James Wan
  • Two free tickets to see Insidious Chapter 2 at your local theater
  • 8,000 deviantART Points
  • 1-Year Premium Membership
  • $3,000 USD
  • Your winning entry framed & signed by Director James Wan
  • Two free tickets to see Insidious Chapter 2 at your local theater
  • 4,000 deviantART Points
  • 6-month Premium Membership
  • $2,000 USD
  • Your winning entry framed & signed by Director James Wan
  • Two free tickets to see Insidious Chapter 2 at your local theater
  • 2,000 deviantART Points
  • 6-month Premium Membership

3-month Premium Membership
2,000 deviantART Points

Entry must be received by 11:59:59 PM (PT - Los Angeles CA, USA) on July 7, 2013 and must be submitted to the Contest gallery.

  • Entrant must be at least 13 years old as of June 12, 2013 to be eligible to enter the Contest and must be a resident of the United States.
  • The completed entry ("Work") may originate in any visual medium but must be submitted at the Contest Site as a single JPG or PNG file, at least 2,000 pixels in the shortest length. Should be suitable to be made into a print.
  • The Work must be completely original, but may be based on any of the Entrant's prior work. No stock.
  • Multi-panel Works are NOT acceptable.
  • Membership to www.deviantart.com (the "Contest Site") is required to enter the contest.
  • Membership to www.deviantart.com is free.
  • Additional terms and conditions apply.

25 Semi-Finalists will be selected by full-time deviantART Staff.

From the Semi-Finalists, the final three Winners will be selected by James Wan, Director of Insidious Chapter 2.

All entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Technical merit
  • Overall impact of the Work in communicating the Contest challenge (depict a twist to a "normal" daily experience suggesting that danger is always closer than one would think)
  • Artistic Skill


Sometimes, seemingly everyday situations can terrify us to our very core. Watch the "Insidious Chapter 2" trailer, which will be creeping into theatres on Friday, September 13th, and then submit your artistic depiction of a normal experience gone frighteningly wrong. Our winners will take home cash and prizes, and select finalists' will have their art displayed at San Diego Comic-Con!
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FLIPPYCHAVEZART Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
HELLO!!!!!! :) This is OFF TOPIC, but will anyone look at my art, PLEASE OHH PRETTY PLEASE, I NEED MORE EXPOSURE OF MY WORK :) [link]
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Cat-Videos Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I submitted work for this, but when I press "view all entries" I can't find my picture.
I go to the pic I submitted in my profile and it has the insidious banner under it, so I wonder why I'm not with the other entries.
also, congrats to the 25 semi's; they put in good, clean, creepy work!
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Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Make sure you're browsing by 'newest' I can see it in the group :)

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FLIPPYCHAVEZART Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
May I ask, When I submit for these contests, I come upon a license option thing, It has to do with the creative commons license. Which one do I choose????
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Cat-Videos Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! I see it now :P
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xxJackiePackiexo Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Can we still submit anymore or no :c :iconmioforgivemeniplz:
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PatrickMorgan666 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
Congrats finalists!!! As for everyone who didn't make the finalists you all gave it your best. Just keep trying! There was TONS of talent even with those that didn't make the finalists.
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VladiDeSark Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
Shocker! Most of the semi-finalists' work are cool depictions of lurking monsters. Where is the 'unexpected'?
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CatCouch Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wouldn't a lurking monster be unexpected in daily life? Still, there's threatening soup in there. Now that's unexpected. :o

Subtlety is hard to get across in a contest like this and still have the impact they want. I would think that a striking first impression is most important since it's still artwork.
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VladiDeSark Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
I didn't mean unexpected in real life, I meant an unexpected idea...finding something ordinary that you wouldn't expect to be 'horrific' and present it as a real threat. The most effective horror movies (in my opinion) have to do with not in-your-face sort of danger, but something that creeps up on you and doesn't let go long after the movie is over (Insidious included). Granted, a couple of the semi-finalists did achieve that, but they are a minority.
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