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:
- Tainted Milk, meant to be a disturbing Homage to Lassie, centers around a boy living in an abusive household who meets up with a strange talking dog with glowing red eyes who tells him to do some very disturbing things to his parents.
- Liquid Memories is about a depressed Serial Killer who murders people in order to steal a strange blue liquid from their brains to gain their memories. However, once he enters into the minds of these people, their nightmares become his reality.
- The third and final short The Masks That The Monsters Wear is about a disfigured boy who must wear a mask to cover his stillborn brother's face attached to his head. Living with his horribly abusive parents, he finds friendship with a sweet little girl in his class, but once he meets her father and discovers the horrors that he puts her through, things begin to go From Bad to Worse.
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.
- 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.
- Bestiality Is Depraved: Played straight in Tainted Milk. Labby makes Tommy have sex with him in order to bring his family back to life. In the end, Tommy's parents and baby brother remain dead, even after Labby's promise.
- Big Bad: The Keeper of Man's Fears and the Creator of His Woes, the Humanoid Abomination who created evil.
- Call-Back: Tommy and the Lady In The Well have the same conversation in Tainted Milk and The Masks That The Monsters Wear.
- 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.
- 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.
- Dark Parody: The first segment was meant to be a parody of Lassie where the dog is demonic. When people were legitimately scared, the rest of the movie was played for straight-up horror.
- Depraved Bisexual: Labby the demon dog, who has sexual interactions (or expresses lustful statements) on both genders. Though somewhat more commonly with male characters.
- Downer Ending: All the shorts don't end very nicely, especially the first two.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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, consumer-grade hardware.
- My God, What Have I Done?:Ralph: I did things I didn't know I was capable of doing...
- 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.
- The Reveal: The ending of the third short reveals the identity of the Smiling Man, 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.
- 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. A few of them are of rather grotesque or ruinous locations...
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: One appears in Liquid Memories. It's the reason he goes nuts and assaults the Hooker- he had a war flashback.
- The Sociopath: Daddy, who makes child porn of his daughter and hangs her from the ceiling when he dislikes her behaviour.
- Suddenly Speaking: The Keeper Of Man's Fears and the Creator Of His Woes speaks in The Masks That The Monsters Wear.
- 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.