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In the MAMA Scared Stiff Contest, we challenged you to channel your most frightening childhood memory, and the entries were truly terrifying!    

These 25 hair-raising deviations sent a chill down our judges' spines, and have been chosen as the Semi-Finalists. It's now up to the true visionaries of horror, MAMA filmmakers Andy & Barbara Muschietti and Guillermo del Toro, to decide on the top 3 winners, who will receive their share of $10,000 USD, as well as Points, deviantART Gear, and Premium Memberships!

The remaining 22 Semi-Finalists will receive:

  :bulletblack: 2,000 deviantART Points

  :bulletblack: Three-Month Premium Membership to deviantART


Congratulations to all!

Read Contest ArticleRead Official Rules Browse Contest Entries



       

       

Mama 1 by Davesrightmind From down in your basement by sarya Waiting in the closet by Bat-Dan

The Bogeyman by Lonejax Lusus Naturae by Erebus88 Nevermorph by Taylor-payton

Sleep Sound by QuinneCL MAMA Scared Stiff Contest by Seabasss :thumb347366219:

 The Hag by jhuertajr Emerge by CrescentDebris

Mama by Peter-Ortiz Flash Light 2 by PickledAlice JustShy by Missingtheground

underneath by MattDeMino Looming Murmur by limsh Bed Time Horrors by LeoNeal-CP

Not Wilbur by jrumpff Vira by JRCoffronIII watched by IZRA

My Closet Friend by Dynamaito Something is in the Basement by david-sladek The Owl Princess And Her Night Terrors by AngelaRizza

Under the Bed by AbigailLarson


Please note: If during the finalist judging, any one of the semi-finalists becomes ineligible or is disqualified under the Official Rules, the semi-finalist judges will replace the disqualified entry with a new selection to be considered by the final judges.



The 25 Semi-Finalists for the MAMA Scared Stiff Contest have been chosen! See which terrifying entries frightened us the most!
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:iconashpyr:
Ashpyr Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
xD wow I'd just flat out tell them no //shot
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WP-Donations Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
it hasnt come out....
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:iconkoujackass:
koujackass Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I found a leak. xD
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WP-Donations Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
I saw it and I liked it
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:iconkoujackass:
koujackass Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's good for you then. c:

And I'm not being sarcastic xD
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Bansheeda Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
It's nice to see some of these cool designs, but what bothers me is that they are all digital. And im not dissing on digital because that takes talent, but i would like to see a hand drawn one done completely in graphite with shading. that would be cool
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Lonejax Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Look closer. Mine's hand drawn with ink.
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:iconbansheeda:
Bansheeda Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I did see yours, I have to say I'm not reall a fan of it. Sorry.
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:iconlonejax:
Lonejax Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You don't have to apologize. Just that so many people were griping about the lack of traditional art. Had to point it out.
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:iconbansheeda:
Bansheeda Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
thankz for doing so. ^,.,^ i have more respect for hand drawn images
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RussFairchild Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
heres mine! would love if you could still check it out.
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:iconbansheeda:
Bansheeda Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I will! ^,.,^
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SylverStarlight Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Wow, I am so AMAZED by these pieces. Congratulations to everyone! I hope that someday I'll be able to get so good, though it's probably mostly talent.
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QuinneCL Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
I maintain there's no such thing as talent, just love, and if you love something enough to practice it, you'll get good! You can do it! :)
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:iconrussfairchild:
RussFairchild Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
talent 20%, love drawing and a lot of time and hardwork 80%. just keep workin at it =D
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:iconweeja:
weeja Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
congrats to all, nice to have the opportunity to submit for this contest. havent been active on dA lately and this rejuvenated my creativity :)
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Svataben Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Congratulations to these amazing artists!
I'll never be so talented, but I'm happy you are. Thank you for allowing us to look at what we cannot express ourselves.

I've faved a few and commented on a few, but I admire them all. Amazing work, and in very different styles. I like how the judges picked works that weren't all the same.
Beautiful pieces!



Some of the replies here... Butthurt taken to new lows.
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LaurieLefebvre Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Wonderful choices, yes there were other solid entries that were over looked but then again only 22 were picked. Until the next one my fellow artist friends. To those whose work is in this group good luck. I will fav my top few.
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pentriq Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
These are all really fantastic.
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JonnyLuv Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Artist
Who said the filmakers did not look at every entry? You never know, so don't hate on DA too much. :D
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scarletlombax Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! these were amazing! congratulations to all! you all deserved it!! :D
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XIStormIX Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013   Digital Artist
Congrats to all of the semi-finalists. Well deserved. I am not upset that I am not among you, as I know in my heart that I did not produce nor submit my best work. I wish you all luck. Many blessings to you all.
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MeldrumArt Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
as always, I'm envious of the amazing talent that is present here on Deviantart. It's always inspiring, never discouraging. Good job, all 25 of you!
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MyrandaSkyWarren Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Would whoever wins the backpack please give it to me. I really really need one.
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ronmaicol Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
HEHEHE I love your request!
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eye0n Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm genuinely afraid to click on some of these. need to build up immunity first ^_^
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AetiusMaximo Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
not gonna lie, i came here to flame on the bad pieces but all of them are freaking amazing! Good job to all and worse it's hard to pick my fave, i identify with all of them and admire them just as much!
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PointlessInk Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
I missed out another great event, really unique entries
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mvartist Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
ok, i have gotten to page 5 on the comments. A lot of interesting pov. I wondered in what criteria did they use to select these semi finalists.
I wish they can judge with a clean mind on these points as they stated on their rules, techincal control - def as ability to draw well enough with the
understanding of the basics of visual language I.e. rendering of form, color, composition and etc with whatever medium.
Mood of the piece being what they described as "a scary situation"

Then creativity this could mean "design" of the creature or obj.
They should go down the three rules and make sure all semi finalist satisfy them in order to make it.

I made sure I satisfied that before I submitted though i didn't make it.
SOULTAKER
KEEPER
LATE HOURS
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CJJennings Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
that black and white comic book one is terrible. sorry, but it is. all others were great.
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roguephoenix311 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
really? how is that constructive? if you look at it through the unbiased eyes of someone who isnt an ass hole youd notice that his entry is the only one of its kind making it unique. comic book art is also a major industry so for him to be inspired by it makes sense. its well thought out and skillfully executed. if that one was so terrible which image is yours then?
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AetiusMaximo Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
Not really, it's just different, reminds me of the old school graphic black and white clayboard pieces.
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:iconcjjennings:
CJJennings Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
sorry i looked at it again, terrible decision, simply terrible
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:iconaetiusmaximo:
AetiusMaximo Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
maybe they picked it for the composition, there are a lot of things right with that entry from my POV =D
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:iconcjjennings:
CJJennings Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
some of these arent scary at all, makes you think that something is going on........
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:iconmvartist:
mvartist Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
do you like mine?
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:iconcjjennings:
CJJennings Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I like them, but they are too simple. but excellent coloring, not very good at that
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:iconcjjennings:
CJJennings Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
where ia the other 22 semi finalists?
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First-Ben-fan Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student General Artist
wow
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IamDarknessTayler Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It appears to be all digital. Not shocking....
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Toomarin Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow! congrats to all!!! great work!
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wei-en Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Congrats to all of the semi-finalists! The results were pretty amazing :) It's good to know people's greatest fears so that you can breath up their necks hahaha
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Nestharon Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013   Writer
Congratulations to everyone and good luck as well.
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RougeCerberus Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, there will be other contests. Guess im not good enough, not yet anyway >:)
Congrats to those that have made it thus far!
And to all the other losers like me out there hahah chin up!
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dogmaJo Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013   Photographer
It really is hard to choose the winner,
all of them deserve it -to be where they are right now.
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Aquavore35 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Am I the only one who doesn't like how this contest is judged? From what I'm hearing, a lot of people entered JUST to get their art looked at by Guillermo. With deviantart staff prejudging this, isn't it like telling the Mama Filmmakers to choose out of what they choose? Shouldn't they just let three of them go through EVERY entry and have finalists chosen by them?
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sergeantwolffang Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
know right lots of peoples were beter than this
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mirroreyesserval Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013   Digital Artist
DA probably did it to save the final three judges time. I'm sure they have very busy schedules that don't allow them much time to go through every entry in an online art contest, like the DA staff do.
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drumthrasher4hr Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Filmographer
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This is why, after being here for ten years, I will NEVER EVER EVER enter a contest on this website EVER AGAIN!! They have No clue of how to run a fair and even contest or challenge or whatever they're going to call them next!!! When they have a contest, they do NOT think about the consequences of their rules, or the size of the amount of users that belong to this site. With even just those two things to think about, they should change and bring someone aboard who can understand what it means to be - non political, non judgemental, no favoritism minded and completely nuetral that can be one person as well as a million people, all at the same time and be able to see how the forstalled judgement will create the fair outcome...this is the formula that is required to do something such as a contest...but people here have no friken brains or compassion for the job they have when it comes to the lives of all the people that are on this site that could enter one of these contests...and even when it comes to how a contest is conducted, THE ONLY WAY TO HAVE A FAIR CONTEST, IS TO HAVE PEOPLE SUBMIT THEIR WORK WITH NO NAME ATTACHED WHERE ANYONE CAN SEE IT, NOT ATTACHED TO THEIR PAGE, BASICALLY EVERY IMAGE SUBMITTED IS SHOWN ON A PAGE THAT MAKES EVERY IMAGE ANONYMOUS AND ONLY ON THAT CONTEST PAGE(S) IS WHERE PEOPLE CAN VOTE!!! PERIOD!!!
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roguephoenix311 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
dude honestly quit bitching. this was a FREE opportunity to win FREE prizes. they didnt ask you to pay to enter so just shut up. if you are NEVER EVER GONNA ENTER A CONTEST ON THIS SITE AGAIN!!!! then just fuckin dont. who cares you sound like a baby and all of this b.s over how the contest was run is fuckin annoying. it was completely OPTIONAL! if you didnt want to to enter than dont. if you have had past experiences when you entered and keep getting disappointed then crawl in a hole and stop entering u should have learned from your mistake by now. go somewhere else and enter contests there. or dont. as i said its an option. I on the other hand will continue to enjoy the spirit of the competition and love the opportunity to get my art out there and viewed by as many people as possible. if i happen to win some cool FFFFFRRRRRREEEEEEEEE prizes than awesome. if not oh well it was FRRREEEE!!!!!!!!!!!
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