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El día de la bestia (1995)

A Catholic priest teams up with a Black Metal aficionado and an Italian connoisseur of the occult to avert the birth of the beast, and with it, the end of the world.

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 ... Father Ángel Berriartúa (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 (as Gran Wyoming)
Pololo Pololo ... Abuelo Terminal
Higinio Barbero Higinio Barbero ... Satán
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Storyline

After having unexpectedly deciphered the code behind Saint John's cryptic Book of Revelation, the dedicated Father Ángel Berriartúa determined to commit as many sins as possible with the intention to avert the birth of the beast, and with it, the end of the world, he heads to Madrid. 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 December 25th, however, it is already Christmas Eve and the good Father still needs to pinpoint the exact time and the birthplace while the clock is ticking. Without delay, though uncertain on how to get started and all alone in the big city, Father Berriartúa will soon team up with the enthusiastic and trustworthy José María, a Black Metal aficionado and owner of a record shop, and the esteemed Professor Caván, an Italian TV show host and connoisseur of the occult whose expertise on the subject is crucial. However, in this desperate quest to foil the ... Written by Nick Riganas

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A Comedy of Satanic Action! 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

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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Box Office

Budget:

€2,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,479, 27 December 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$15,324, 3 January 1999
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Álex de la Iglesia said that the story's origin was an image of an apparently harmless man doing horrible things. 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 Drag Me to Hell (2009) See more »

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Apocalipsis 25-D
Performed by Ktulu
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Stylish, Smart, and Cool Genre Hybrid
4 December 2007 | by ElijahCSkuggsSee all my reviews

Over a year ago I accidentally bought Day of the Beast off Ebay with no subs. Finally after a long wait I got the chance to check out this flick, and what a damn shame I wasn't more safe when buying it the first time, because this was a really good flick.

El Dia De La Bestia is a comedy/horror/action hybrid that really meshes on a level that few movies have. It's Xmas Eve and a Priest, Metalhead and a TV Host band together to try stop the Anti-Christ from being born. Sounds like the beginning of a joke, but it's the truth and these guys go through some ridiculous stuff trying to accomplish their goal. The acting, cinematography, directing and especially the screen play were all great. The writing was fast, realistic and smart, just like how the movie played out. Day of the Beast has barely has any dull scenes, it's funny, and moves at a pretty fast pace. I suppose it's not gonna be everyone's cup of tea, but hell, for me, there's nothing in it worth complaining about.

I really hope this film gets more popular, because it definitely has the opportunity to have a large fan base. Hopefully someday it will get some more recognition and you'll be seeing it in Best Buys and so on. And the best part is the director has many more flicks that are supposed to be just as good. If you're looking for a plain old good flick, look no further, Day of the Beast is it.


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