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The Day of the Beast (1995)

El día de la bestia (original title)
Bent on committing as many sins as possible to avert the birth of the beast, a Catholic priest teams up with a Black Metal aficionado and an Italian connoisseur of the occult. Now, he must become an unrelenting sinner. Is there still hope?

Director:

Álex de la Iglesia (as Alex de la Iglesia)

Writers:

Jorge Guerricaechevarría (screenplay), Álex de la Iglesia (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Álex Angulo ... Cura (as Alex Angulo)
Armando De Razza ... Cavan
Santiago Segura ... José María
Terele Pávez ... Rosario (as Terele Pavez)
Nathalie Seseña ... Mina
Maria Grazia Cucinotta ... Susana
Gianni Ippoliti Gianni Ippoliti ... Productor
Jaime Blanch ... Toyota 1
David Pinilla David Pinilla ... Toyota 2
Antonio Dechent ... Toyota 3
Ignacio Carreño Ignacio Carreño ... Toyota 4
Saturnino García ... Sacerdote Anciano (as Saturnino Garcia)
El Gran Wyoming El Gran Wyoming ... Nuevo Cavan
Pololo Pololo ... Abuelo Terminal
Higinio Barbero Higinio Barbero ... Satán
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Storyline

Determined to commit as many sins as possible after deciphering the code behind Saint John's cryptic Book of Revelation, the dedicated Catholic priest, Father Ángel Berriartúa, heads to Madrid to avert the birth of the beast and the end of the world. According to his calculations founded on a numerical transcription of the Apocalypse, the birth is going to take place somewhere in the Spanish capital on Christmas Day; however, time is running up, and the good father needs to pinpoint the exact birthplace. Without delay--although uncertain on how to get started--Father Berriartúa teams up with the enthusiastic Black Metal aficionado, José María, and the Italian TV show host and connoisseur of the occult, Professor Caván. Now, the once-pious man must become an unrelenting sinner to foil the arch-enemy's plans. Is there still hope? Written by Nick Riganas

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Vulgar, perverse, outrageous and absolutely entertaining! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong brutal violence, language, drug use and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish | Italian

Release Date:

23 December 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

EUR2,100,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jorge Perugorría was considered for the role of Cavan. See more »

Goofs

The last scene takes place nine months after Christmas, but the flowers and trees in the park show that it's early spring. See more »

Quotes

Cura: Well, it's fundamental. lt inspired me to see the Apocalypse not as an allegory but as an equation. Each letter has its own number. So, for example... Daleth is worth four, and Synn is worth three hundred, so we can...
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Crazy Credits

Jaime Blanch's, David Pinilla's, Antonio Dechent's and Ignacio Carreño's characters are listed as "Toyota". These characters were replaced in later drafts of the scripts as "assailants". In the movie, they are called "Limpia Madrid", but credits still call them "Toyota." This is because they drive a Toyota car. See more »

Connections

Referenced in El árbol del penitente (2000) See more »

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El día de la bestia
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A cult classic in every sense!
7 June 2006 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

When you consider all the elements that have gone into this movie, it's hard to deny that it really shouldn't have worked. Spanish director Álex de la Iglesia has put together a film that fuses ideas of the apocalypse and the antichrist with heavy metal and one of the blackest streaks of humour that I've ever seen. Day of the Beast starts off with a string of blackly comic happenings, which see such things as a man crushed by a cross and a priest pushing a performer off his perch. Amazingly, the director manages to keep the laughs coming throughout, while at the same time ensuring that the apocalyptic tones aren't lost to the comedy side of the film. Personally, I didn't think that much else could be done with the idea of the antichrist - but I've been well and truly proved wrong by this totally unique horror flick! The plot follows a priest who believes that he has found a secret code of some sort, and that he has to commit evil acts in order to get an audience with Satan himself, so that he can kill the Devil's child, which he believes will be born on Christmas Eve. Aiding him in this quest is a drug-taking heavy metal fan, and the host of a paranormal TV series...

I've got to say that I'm really looking forward to seeing more of Álex de la Iglesia's films, as this guy has an absolutely great sense of humour; and even though this movie is only half a comedy, it's far funnier than many films designed only to make its audience laugh. The laughs are very dry indeed, and are guaranteed to appeal to people who appreciate jokes that are aimed at offending people. Aside from a great sense of humour and an interesting storyline, Day of the Beast also benefits from a plethora of great performances from a talented cast of Spanish actors. Álex Angulo, Armando De Razza and Santiago Segura are brilliant as the central threesome, and offset each other nicely with their defined and very different characters. While the film definitely is a comedy, it's obvious that Álex de la Iglesia is a horror fan; as the atmosphere is morbid and suspenseful, and many scenes are extremely suspenseful and well laid out. The special effects are hokey in true demonic horror style, and the light use of them ensures that they work well when used. Overall, I don't hesitate to call this a masterpiece. Day of the Beast is everything you could want from a cult horror movie and more!


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