Bible Black (2020) is an anthology series written by J. Morvay, author of the comic book series Lobster Girl. It’s an animated adaptation of his already released-on-print collection of emotions, back in 2009, that are on the way to derail itself for not finding an ideal coherence on the episode’s theme. The stories included are as follows: “Lobster Girl”, a three-act story about the life of a girl with claws as hands; “Godless”, a story allegedly told by a dying patient about abortion; “666 House Street”, the story of a woman that sends her screaming children in a bubble to heaven to meet their maker; “Metamorphosex”, a story about a woman waiting for a man to rape her.
From the first segment, the narrator dares the viewer to continue watching in expectancy upcoming macabre stories. When the end credits are reached, you are still expecting the unexpected. Then the platform asks you if you want to watch another unrelated video, and you click on to see if anyone else will deliver what was promised.
I’m not going to lie and say that the stories are awful, because they’re not. There’s a slight tint of creativity, which shouldn’t be confused with originality, in each one. All the stories have the same moral of a fable: the double standards we face in a society. For example, the Lobster Girl character has an ongoing gimmick about how her hands, or in this case her claws, are a considered a weapon only because the character is different than a human being. Its stance is clear on how others are treated differently when the same acts of violence are committed by different persons. But even Bible Black couldn’t get away from being its own double standard by putting a woman as a hero, to later be set as a villain, and that is one of the main problems with it; it antagonizes women in all its stories.
Beyond that, the animation in Bible Black is something that makes you want to throw lemon juice in your eyes; it’s chaotic. The production value of it is the same as a PowerPoint presentation done on the 2007 Office suite. Some of the drawings are nicely done, but others seem to have been done on a napkin ready to be scanned and pasted on the digital storyboard.
Bible Black brings the absurd to reality by posing as sordid and limitless tales, of which it has neither. As a collection of fables, it achieves none other than being an additional try to release the same stories written by the author in another format to acquire followers; as if the culture of remakes is not upon us, already. At least, if you’re going to re-release something, update it to today’s standards; let the material evolve. The moral of this review is “be careful what you watch for”.