Sausage Party is a Lovecraftian horror film. Yes, you read that correctly. It is a also an R rated comedy animated feature about anthropomorphic food in a supermarket which features the most insensitive and non PC humor I have seen in a film in a long time (honestly, not really since Blazing Saddles has there been a film this non-PC). In short it is a perfect film, if you’re into super raunchy comedies that double as Lovecraftian horror. At this point, now that I have written it twice, you’re probably wondering how is it possible that Sausage Party is Lovecraftian horror.
The basic premise of the film is that these sentient foodstuffs sit around waiting to be chosen by the gods to go to the Great Beyond. Our eponymous hero is selected but things go horribly wrong when a jar of honey mustard, who is stark raving mad after being returned to the store from the Great Beyond, decides to commit suicide rather than face the gods again. From there our hotdog hero, voiced by Seth Rogen, is committed to finding out the true nature of the gods, no matter what that knowledge may end up costing him. There is even a scene where he travels through a frozen wasteland (filled with octopods) to find a book filled with forbidden knowledge. The horrible and horrific truth threatens his existence and the existence of all those he loves, but of course no believes him until it is too late. Add in mentions of a fourth dimension which is where our food is not food but the anthropomorphic beings we are watching on screen and is only accesible to us (the gods) if we are in an altered state and you have a perfect Lovecraftian comedy. Seriously, this is a great film.
There is a lot more I would love to say about the film, but as always I will avoid spoilers. The things I mentioned above are actually well away from spoiler territory and in fact can be gleaned from watching the trailer. Take a closer look, see this one for yourselves and see how great this film is both as a piece of Lovecraftian film and as a seriously fucked and nonstop comedy. I will warn you though, you discover new depths to your depravity as you watch this film. You may be surprised at what you laugh at (as well as the amount of highbrow, intellectual humor which gets mixed in with the lowbrow stuff in this film). In short, if you’re a regular to this site, a regular viewer of MorbidTV or a regular at our screenings this is a film you will probably enjoy.
Director Guillermo Del Toro has a vision. It is a vision of a doomed expedition to the Antarctic, one filled with horror and death and hopelessness in the face of cosmic forces that no mortal could ever hope to understand, much less overcome. In 2006 this project was pitched as a multi-million dollar R-rated tentpole horror film, a thing almost unheard of in Hollywood these days, unfortunately Warner Bros passed on the project. Then in 2011, Universal stepped in. James Cameron offered to produce the film and help convert it to 3D, and Tom Cruise was set to star. Add a summer release and it seemed all but guaranteed that GdT could kick start a new golden age of big budget horror. It might have, but the project was nixed at the last minute when Universal got cold feet. The reason? That sort of tentpole could not, would not be profitable. No way. No how.
That was then, though, and this is now. There is hope, hope that this movie can be made after all. Especially since Prometheus (the film that GdT thought would steal his Lovecraftian thunder) failed to address the themes of the film he had proposed. Where is the proof, you might ask? Well this summer a horror movie, aimed at adults, released. Ostentatiously it was a reboot of a beloved series, one whose theme music never fails to raise goosebumps, but what was Jurassic World really? It was a horror movie, a vicious bit of filmmaking that thrilled and terrified audiences. What’s that you say? Jurassic World was not a horror film? Watch it again. It had everything a decent to good horror movie should have, including a scene where a poor assistant is pulled and plucked apart by pterodactyls prior to being swallowed by a giant underwater monster. Yes, Jurassic World is a tentpole horror film, one that to date has grossed over a billion dollars worldwide. So what does that tell us? It tells us that the world is more than ready for a film like At the Mountains of Madness. Audiences want and are ready to spend their money on a big budget R-rated horror film, one packed with action and death and destruction. One filled with cosmic horror and an admittedly bleak ending.
My hope is that Jurassic World could kickstart AtMoM into existence, and from there we could have summer after summer of big budget, high concept horror films. The more we the fans support such ideas the more we can get. It started with Jurassic World, it will continue with Crimson Peak (if that movie has legs, and it should, it could almost guarantee AtMoM’s existence) but really it comes down to us fans. We need to show up. We need to do what we did for Jurassic World. We need to put our money where our mouths are. It’s the only way that we will get truly original and interesting big budget horror films to become regular events, not a rarity in the Hollywood landscape.