The Black Bible

A schlock horror low-budgeter which is fine on atmospherics but rather silly in the script department, David Pujol's Corman-inspired debut, "The Black Bible," starts out strongly enough but degenerates after the first three minutes.

With:
With: Monica Randall, Joan Fernandez, Carlos Alvarez, Jordi Collet.

A schlock horror low-budgeter which is fine on atmospherics but rather silly in the script department, David Pujol’s Corman-inspired debut, “The Black Bible,” starts out strongly enough but degenerates after the first three minutes. Decent perfs fail to compensate for stereotyped characters, and subject matter is distinctly old-hat. Pic has been invited to a couple of horror fests but its major destination is the tube.

When the parents of a socially awkward kid, Simon (Joan Fernandez), are killed in a car accident, he’s taken into the care of Maria Bayona (Spanish ’60s icon Monica Randall), who lives in a creepy country house and has a dodgy family history. It quickly becomes clear that Maria is fascinated by black magic in the form of something called the “Black Bible,” which is never fully explained. Simon befriends local storeowner Leo (Jordi Collet) and schoolteacher Father Genaro (Carlos Alvarez), who decide to save the kid from Maria’s evil clutches. A couple of unintentionally hilarious moments and the occasional spine chill are about all you get for your money. Sound quality on print caught was appalling.

The Black Bible

Spain

Production: A Filmax release of an Iris Star production. (International sales: Filmax, Barcelona.) Produced by Pedro Domenech, Joan Bosch. Directed by David Pujol. Screenplay, Pujol, Esteve Pujol.

Crew: Camera (color), Jordi Tort; editor, Joan Vallverdu; music, Ernest Armengol, Santos Berrocal, Florenci Ferrer. Reviewed at Cine Bristol, Madrid, Feb. 7, 2002. Original title: La biblia negra. Running time: 89 MIN.

With: With: Monica Randall, Joan Fernandez, Carlos Alvarez, Jordi Collet.

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