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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Cura (as Alex Angulo)
... Cavan
... José María
... Rosario (as Terele Pavez)
... Mina
... Susana
Gianni Ippoliti ... Productor
... Toyota 1
David Pinilla ... Toyota 2
... Toyota 3
Ignacio Carreño ... Toyota 4
... Sacerdote Anciano (as Saturnino Garcia)
El Gran Wyoming ... Nuevo Cavan (as Gran Wyoming)
Pololo ... Abuelo Terminal
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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When Saints become sinners, no one is safe! 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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23 December 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Day of the Beast  »

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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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Trivia

Most rituals showed in the films are real satanist rituals and weren't altered at all. 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

References The Omen (1976) See more »

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El día de la bestia
Performed by Def Con Dos
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Clean Up Madrid - A cult classic
21 January 2012 | by See 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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