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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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Taglines:

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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Details

Country:

Spain | Italy

Language:

Spanish | Italian

Release Date:

23 December 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Day of the Beast See more »

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Budget:

EUR2,100,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Álex Angulo's character is called Ángel Berriartúa after Luciano Berriatúa. See more »

Goofs

In lunch scene, the Priest meets with José María for second time, and calls him by his name. However, neither José María nor nobody told him José María's name. Last time he spoke about him before (with Mina), he said that he didn't know his name. 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 The Man Who Saw Frankenstein Cry (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

El día de la bestia
Performed by Def Con Dos
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This film is Dark, Horrific and Comedic. It is also very visual and in the tradition of Evil Dead 2 and Re-Animator!
26 November 1998 | by mrotSee all my reviews

When you hear Spanish films, Aldomovar is always brought up. Unfortunately, films like Dia De La Bestia suffer. This film is a treat to people who like their comedy dark and have a weird sense of humour. The Apocalypse never looked more interesting than in this film. Visually the film is darkly lit and the appearance of Satan changes the whole mood of the film. Next time you see this film in a film festival, DON'T MISS IT!!!


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