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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 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 devilishly dark comedy 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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Did You Know?

Trivia

During the shooting, the crew (and specifically Álex de la Iglesia) received various death threats from so-called satanist groups. 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 Drag Me to Hell (2009) See more »

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El día de la bestia
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Clean Up Madrid - A cult classic
21 January 2012 | by Dr.EvilSee all my reviews

Holy schmoley! How did this movie ever escape me? - I couldn't believe that it was made 17 years ago, and I've never even heard of it. Thank goodness for Pirate Bay or I never would have. What a great blend of story, characters, humor, and of course being on "a mission from God!" I'm buying this one. I wonder why it hasn't been picked up yet by American producers. You know, like they did with "The Grudge", "Dark Water", and a host of others. I'm kinda glad they didn't. They would probably screw it up. - Along with the priest the fabulous sidekick Jose Maria. - I'd love to see these two together again. - Anyway, it you haven't seen this yet, hunt it down and enjoy. If you don't it might just be the "end of the world."


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Release Date:

23 December 1998 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

EUR2,100,000 (estimated)
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