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If it is nothing more than "generic monster cooked up for bad B-movie", I can settle for that. Please provide an explanation of how it can only be such.

If there is more to it (and the characters do hint at it in a few places in the movie) please explain it.


Wikipedia says that the thing is a member of a genus of sea worms, but this thing has eyes, a beak, and tentacles which, apparently, have mouths at the end. I do not think this counts as a general reference, since it clearly cannot be correct.

And don't even get me started about the island at the end.

No good images are available of the boss creature, but here is the best I could find: the head with the eyes is roughly the size of a small apartment:

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Izkata also found these pictures of the smaller ones:

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Are the images here shots from the movie or just possible versions from before the movie was released? –  Izkata Oct 10 '12 at 0:35
We have a schlock tag! This could get controversial. –  Paul D. Waite May 3 '13 at 0:31
@PaulD.Waite I stand by my decision to create that, and I would be upset if someone removed it without making a very strong case. –  John O May 3 '13 at 3:02
@JohnO: I’m with you. –  Paul D. Waite May 3 '13 at 12:31

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The creature in Deep Rising is a giant mutant octopus. If you watch the scene in the gallery, Treat Williams actually tells a story about putting a fish in a jar then closing the lid, giving it to an octopus which was able to open the jar and climb in and consume the fish. To which Famke Janssen replies "we're the fish".

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I am not 100% certain you are correct, but I find the answer plausible. You deserve the rep for this, marking it accepted. –  John O Oct 31 '12 at 2:20

Borrowed from Yahoo Answers (3 years ago - looks like it's since been removed from Wikipedia):

Courtesy of Wikipedia:
It is revealed that the ship has become infested by creatures that resemble giant worms, which swallow and digest their prey alive. Canton speculates that they are members of the Ottoia family of deep-sea worms which have evolved to immense size in the extreme depths of oceanic trenches.

However, the summary goes on to say this:
Finnegan and Trillian discover that the creatures are actually the tentacles of a much larger octopus-like sea monster.

When I checked up on Ottoia, I found this:
So, it looks as if they based their monster on the prehistoric creature. I've always been curious about the Ottoia, but I never stopped to look it up before. So, we're left to wonder if this is a separate sea creature or a really enormous example of the other animal mentioned.

Aaand courtesy of Wikipedia, this is a reconstruction of an Ottoia in its burrow: Ottoia drawing

Additionally, eHow suggests it was at least partially based off of H.P. Lovecraft's mythos.

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I'm curious as well, but I found one possible source for the creatures design.

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That is interesting, and does look vaguely like the creatures depicted. Thanks for the link. If you have a name (or even a genus) for the organism, please edit it in. –  John O May 2 '13 at 21:41
@JohnO The creature in the gif is identified in marcus's answer: it is a bobbit worm, eunice aphroditois. –  Beofett Sep 6 '13 at 13:17

There seem to be at least two creatures; Joey is chased off the boat at the same time Finnigan is fighting the big one in the banquet hall. Also of note is that the tentacle that eats Hanover seems to taper down toward the rear as if it were a worm. My best speculation is that the large adults spawn by parthenogenesis, growing smaller clones as tentacles until they are big enough to break free and move about on their own like the one that got Hanover.

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Speculative, but thoughtful. If so, though, does this suggest that the giant octopoid in the banquet hall is a mature specimen, and its own tentacles are budding off the smaller worm creatures shown elsewhere throughout the movie, is that what you mean? Or do you mean two different species? –  John O Apr 20 '13 at 16:33

I think it was modelled off a bobbit worm "eunice aphroditois". The attack style and speed etc are very similar and they reckon they can grow to 3M long

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It seems to be something invented entirely for the film, albeit inspired by bobbit worms and the works of H.P. Lovecraft. The "Ottoia" references Canton pulls out of thin air are a red herring, and it can't be an actual cephalopod because they don't have mouths in their tentacles, don't drain their prey's fluids, have pupils in their eyes, and have beaks rather than teeth.

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Vampire squid is what it's called, it looks actually like that creature in Deep Rising, except mutated.

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No, it was supposed to be like a Vampire Squid. It's nickname from the artists is 'Crusty'. –  Solemnity May 8 '13 at 0:50

Actually it is known as the Octalus, the tentacles are attached to the body like an octopus. The tentacles end in mouths and have an esophagus that connects to the body. In the movie the man who owns the Argonautica says they consume bodily fluids and excrete the skeleton. That's why the corpses still have tissue on them and why that man that fell out of the tentacle they shot was mangled, he was partially digested. It is most likely a mutant Vampyroteuthis infernalis (vampire squid) or an undiscovered invertebrate because of the depth at which it is. It would suck if they were real.

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It is definitely glop usi octasqid. They grow to extreme sizes and easily swallow a double decker bus hole. They live in underwater canyons.

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Do you have any references where this information comes from? –  Monty129 Mar 24 '14 at 17:31
Seeing as "glop usi octasqid" (or "glop usi octasquid") isn't a thing, it's not "definitely" that. –  phantom42 Mar 24 '14 at 19:19
You may be referring to the "giant/colossal squid", but they don't have additional mouths at the end of each tentacle. –  phantom42 Mar 24 '14 at 19:21

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