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Where the Dead Go to Die is a surreal Psychological Horror CGI animated film by James "Jimmy ScreamerClauz" Creamer, and produced by Unearthed Films, with a cast and aide from individuals such as musician Passenger of Shit and animator Emily Youcis.

It is an anthology of three short films:


The film has become somewhat... notorious for its subject matter and the plethora of horrific imagery the film is plastered from start to finish with. It contains disturbing amounts of Gorn, nudity and controversial topics such as child pornography, sometimes all at once. If you are easily offended, watch this film at your own risk.

Tropes related to this film:

  • Abusive Parents: The only person who had anything resembling a good family life was the Killer, and even so, that life may not have even been his.
  • Acid-Trip Dimension: A prominent and recurring theme.
  • Alien Catnip: The protagonist of Liquid Memories tries to invoke this. He shoots up with brain fluids taken from the dead in an attempt to implant their memories into his mind.
  • Animalistic Abomination: Labby the hellhound.
  • The Anti-Christ: Labby tries to convince Tommy that his stillborn sibling (and earlier than that, his grandfather's sheep) is this in Tainted Milk.
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  • Asshole Victims: Ralph's parents and Sophia's father get what's coming to them, considering how much they tormented Ralph.
  • Ate His Gun: The serial killer.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: Invoked on a more-or-less case-by-case basis—when it's averted, there's usually some effect in mind.
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: Played straight in Tainted Milk.
  • Big Bad: The Keeper of Man's Fears and the Creator of His Woes, the Humanoid Abomination who created evil.
  • Blood-Splattered Innocents: Happens to Tommy over the course of the first short.
  • Body Horror: Plenty of the surreal moments are full of this.
  • Call-Back: Tommy and the Lady In The Well have the same conversation in Tainted Milk and The Masks That The Monsters Wear.
  • Captain Obvious: The hooker and Tommy's dad both don't wax too eloquently upon death.
  • Central Theme: If God exists, He hates the world. Why else would it suck?
  • Conjoined Twins: Ralph has the infant face of his stillborn brother attached to the side of his head, which forces him to wear a mask to cover it.
  • Crapsack World: The world depicted in the film is depressingly bleak and hopeless—the only decent people are children, and the inverse isn't necessarily true.
  • Creepy Child: Tommy, Ralph, and Johnny. Sophia may count as well.
  • Cyclops: A strange recurring set of shadowing humanoid monsters with teethy grins and one eye make constant appearances through each short. It should be noted that each of their one eyes are a live action shot of an actual eye.
  • Deep South: Sophia's abusive redneck father.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Labby the demon dog, who has sexual interactions (or expresses lustful statements) on both genders. Though somewhat more commonly with male characters.
  • Deranged Animation: TO HELL AND BACK!
  • Downer Ending: All the shorts don't end very nicely, especially the first two.
  • Driven to Suicide: Tommy's grandfather in Tainted Milk after Tommy, on Labby's orders, killed his sheep.
    • This is how the Serial Killer goes out.
  • Eldritch Abomination: In the truest sense of the trope, since the horrific supernatural beings couldn't possibly be more alien and inexplicable if they tried.
  • Exploitation Film: The horrifying imagery alone is enough to make this film a rare animated example of this trope.
  • Eyes Do Not Belong There: Pretty much a recurring image throughout the film.
  • Eye Scream: Happens to the Hooker as the result of a john's war flashback.
  • Fan Disservice: Do not expect any instance of eroticism in any of the shorts...
  • Freak Out: Par for the course on all three shorts.
  • Gorn: At least one scene per short.
  • Groin Attack: In one of the more iconic scenes from Tainted Milk, Labby does this to both of Tommy's parents.
  • Harmful to Minors: That's not to say plenty of adults won't find it harmful to themselves either.
  • Hellhound: Labby, very much so; other than being a labrador, he fulfills the criteria in every other way. What exactly he is is not made very clear, but based on the imagery he is either a demon or some sort of Animalistic Abomination. Uniquely for a hellhound, he does seem to mention God a lot, and at least claims that serving the Lord is his primary motivation.
  • Hillbilly Horrors: Sophia's father is a disgusting abusive redneck who forces her to strip down and star in his own homemade child porn of her. Whenever she misbehaves, he hangs her from the ceiling wearing a muzzle tied to a chain. He even gets his hillbilly son to beat her with a stick while she is tied up there.
  • Humanoid Abomination: The Keeper Of Man's Fears and the Creator Of His Woes, and many other monsters.
  • Implausible Deniability: Labby encourages this in Tainted Milk, suggesting that Tommy scratch himself up with his stillborn sibling's fingernails to make it look as though the sibling struck first.
  • Imaginary Friend: One could make an argument that the recurring characters are actually made up by the leads of each film.
    • The Hooker and Sofia are confirmed to be the same person in the third act of the movie, as well as the implication that Ralph is the hooded creature.
  • Inexplicably Awesome/Nothing Is Scarier: None of the recurring characters, or any of the supernatural horrors for that matter, are given any sort of overt explanation as to what they are. The most obvious interpretation would be that they're demons, but the bizarrely pro-Christian imagery and their sheer bizarreness seems to imply something else altogether.
  • Intelligible Unintelligible: The Lady in the Well in Tainted Milk. We hear what she was saying in The Masks That The Monsters Wear.
  • Karmic Death: Ralph delivers them to both his abusive parents and the horrible pedophile father of his love interest, Sophia.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Johnny and possibly Tommy.
  • Knight of Cerebus/Manipulative Bastard: Labby the hell-hound.
  • Light Is Not Good: The Keeper Of Man's Fears and the Creator Of His Woes is a Humanoid Abomination with a fireball for a head.
  • Limited Animation: The whole film was done from the director's home, with hobbyist-level software and jerry-rigged hardware.
  • Meat Moss: Every surreal scene in the film, such as the "hallucinations" depicted in Liquid Memories loves this.
  • Mind Screw: Big-time.
  • My Future Self and Me: The last scene heavily suggests that the hooded smiling man that's been appearing in random parts of the movie is actually adult Ralph, since they both have a stillborn brother's face attached to their head, and their eyes are also the same shape and colour. Considering how weirdly time works in this world, two selves of one man from different times meeting isn't something impossible.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    Ralph: I did things I didn't even know I was capable of...
  • Nightmare Fuel Coloring Book: Ralph's Drawings.
  • Our Demons Are Different: A little open-ended, but what we do know implies this very strongly.
  • Pædo Hunt: A major focus of the third short.
  • Please Wake Up: Taken to rather disturbing lengths in Tainted Milk.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Labby.
  • The Reveal: The ending of the third short reveals the identity of The Keeper Of Man's Fears and the Creator Of His Woes, as well as the symbolic roles of the other characters throughout the film. A lot is left to interpretation, though.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Labby convinces Ralph to brutally murder both of his parents, and anybody else he felt was getting between him and Sophia.
  • Rule of Symbolism: All over the place.
  • Satan: Makes an appearance during one of Labby's monologues in "Tainted Milk". The freaked-out animation works in the film's favor there, as this movie's depiction of Satan is terrifying.
  • Scenery Porn: Admittedly, there's quite a few lovingly-detailed scene shots, especially in The Masks That The Monsters Wear.
    • Scenery Gorn: A few of them are of rather grotesque or ruinous locations...
  • Serial Killer: The protagonist of Liquid Memories.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: One appears in Liquid Memories. It's the reason he goes nuts and assaults the Hooker.
  • Slasher Smile: Those creepy yellow Smiley faced monsters in the war veteran's flashback sport these.
  • The Sociopath: Daddy, who makes child porn of his daughter and hangs her from the ceiling when he dislikes her behaviour.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Ralph, although his crush does like him back.
  • Suddenly Voiced: The Keeper Of Man's Fears and the Creator Of His Woes in The Masks That The Monsters Wear.
  • Surreal Horror: And overkill on both counts!
  • Synchro-Vox: Done on the eyes of the shadowy Cyclops monsters that appear throughout the film.
  • The Unfavorite: Ralph is this to his parasitic twin. His parents despise him for being born while his brother didn't survive birth, constantly guilt-trip him over it, and shave his head to keep his hair from covering the twin's face.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Save for a few moments, it's hard to tell how lucid (if indeed at all) the protagonist of Liquid Memories is.


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