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Shivering is stranger than fiction.

"There's blood in the kitchen, there's blood in the hall.
There's blood in the parlor where my lady did fall.
O master, O master, don't lay blame on me.
'Twas the false nurse and Lankin that killed your lady."

The Shivering Truth is a 2018 stop-motion horror/comedy anthology created for [adult swim] by PFFR, the minds behind The Heart She Holler, Wonder Showzen and Xavier: Renegade Angel.

If you've seen anything from PFFR, then you'll know exactly what to expect.

The Shivering Tropes:

  • Abnormal Ammo: After the cut on his arm comes to life, Benny Beekoh gains the ability to fire chilli out of his nipples to lethal effect. Yes, indeed.
  • Abusive Parents: Sam and Iris Beekoh keep the romance in their marriage alive by, as the narrator puts it, "uniting against a common enemy" — their son, Benny. They subject him to all kinds of torture at every opportunity.
  • Animal Nemesis: Balinese culture is depicted as built on the suffering of butterflies, who retaliate by using their chaos manipulating wingflaps to raze the country with hurricanes.
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  • Black Comedy: Tons.
  • Body Horror: Everywhere!
  • Book-Ends: Usually paired with a Brick Joke, this is how a majority of the series concludes.
  • Deranged Animation: Goodness gracious, yes.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: In "Constadeath," Benny rejects the reincarnation contract offered to him in the face of his impending death and, poetically, gets to keep on living and puts the soul of the executed African slave from the intro to rest.
  • For Want of a Nail: Parodied in the pilot, in which a mad scientist uses the flap of a butterfly wing to make himself into a basically omnipotent god.
  • Going Native: The butterflies that infiltrated Bali, disguised as a man, eventually fell in love with a local woman and grew to appreciate Balinese culture, which is centered around the suffering of butterflies.
  • Grew a Spine: Benny by the end of "Constadeath".
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  • Irony: The mad scientist is unable to manipulate the flap of a butterfly's wing to find true love, but the Butterfly Man (a hollowed-out corpse filled with butterflies) he creates for the butterflies to infiltrate Bali (stay with us here) finds true love with a woman who also turns out to be a hollowed-out corpse, filled with bees. The episode ends with the "moral" that "the true nature of the Universe is chaos, and is beautiful, and must never be defiled again."
  • Mental Affair: An army private makes mental contact with his drill sergeant and manipulates him into a make out session where he mistreats him.
  • Mind Screw: Basically the entire show..
  • Mood Whiplash: The pilot episode is far from the balls-to-the-wall horror insanity that are the episodes that follow it, but even in its own weird flux state of weirdness, its ending is surprisingly poignant. The culmination of the final skit is a confusingly heartwarming story of true love accompanied by a crescendoing orchestra. It's almost a Tear Jerker.
Narrator: The true nature of the universe is chaos, and is beautiful, and must never be defiled again.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: The trailer presents the series as straight horror, when in reality, it's more of a horror-comedy Mind Screw ...thing. It also made it look like there was some underlying plot to the whole thing (there isn't).
  • Plague of Good Fortune: A man attempts to commit suicide, but a series of fortunate coincidences keeps him alive. It escalates to the point where the government personally requests him to continue his suicide attempts due to all the good it causes but, by that point, he's rediscovered his will to live.
  • Spiritual Successor: To Jam, a similar mesh of horror-comedy segments from comedian Chris Morris.
  • Shout-Out: The mask seen at the beginning and end of each episode resembles a mask from the titular episode of The Twilight Zone (1959).
  • Spoof Aesop: Loads.
  • Surreal Horror: SWEET LORD ALMIGHTY.
  • Why Won't You Die?: A suicide hotline worker tells the story of a man who begins writing a suicide note to end all suicide notes. This eventually gains the attention of the media and the man becomes an overnight sensation. Once the letter is finally written, he holds off on finally doing the deed until the reviews come in. While the note is a success, fans turn on him because he never fulfilled the promise of killing himself and the note becomes yet another book on the shelf. In retaliation, the man wills himself to never die.

"The true nature of the universe is chaos, and is beautiful, and must never be defiled again."


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