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The Day of the Beast (1995)

El día de la bestia (original title)
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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 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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A Comedy of Satanic Action! See more »


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

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Trivia

Santiago Segura, who plays hardcore metalhead "José María" claims not to be interested at all in Heavy Metal. Instead, he prefers Frank Sinatra. 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 »

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Referenced in En prácticas: Instituto RTVE (2010) See more »

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Apocalipsis 25-D
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Hilarious Black Comedy Horror Film
22 June 2018 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The priest and professor of theology Father Ángel Berriartúa (Alex Angulo) has deciphered a code disclosing that the Antichrist will be born in Madrid on the Christmas day. In order to avoid the destruction of the world, he decides to go to Madrid on the Christmas Eve and commit as many sins as possible to sell his soul to the devil to destroy the Antichrist to save the world. He befriends and teams up with the death metal salesman José María (Santiago Segura) and finds a book written by the Italian Professor Cavan (Armando De Razza), who hosts a TV show on the occult. They kidnap Cavan to learn how to summon the devil and during an acid trip, they see the devil and Cavan decides to help the priest. Is the priest a lunatic or does the Beast indeed exist?

"El día de la bestia", a.k.a. "The Day of the Beast", is a hilarious and full of action black comedy horror film. This is the type of movie that can be seen many times and the viewer will still enjoy it if he is fan of black humor and dark jokes. The cynical Alex Angulo is fantastic in the role of a priest committing many sins to attract the attention of the devil. The bizarre characters, including José Maria and Professor Cavan, are also very funny. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "O Dia da Besta" ("The Day of the Beast")


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Country:

Spain | Italy

Language:

Spanish | Italian

Release Date:

23 December 1998 (USA) See more »

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EUR2,100,000 (estimated)
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