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The Day of the Beast
A devilishly dark comedy
The story revolves around a Basque Roman Catholic priest dedicated to committing as many sins as possible (Angulo), a death metal salesman from Carabanchel (Segura), and the Italian host of a TV show on the occult (De Razza). These go on a literal "trip" through Christmas-time Madrid to hunt for and prevent the reincarnation of the Antichrist.
More weird goodness from Iglesia here as we follow a priest who is attempting to sin as much as possible, in order to summon up the Devil. Walking around the the streets, randomly pushing street performers off walls and stealing change from the homeless, are great fun to watch. Things really pick up when the priest meets Jose Maria, a big heavy metal guy, who's a great character. It's not too realistic that he would follow this priest that he's only just met to levels that he does in the film, but in the context of the mood and feel the film is going for, it just about works.
I really liked the whole ceremony scene and in particular the…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This is quite brilliant, The Day of the Beast may be classified to most as horror comedy (which it is) but it certainly relies more heavily on its comedy as opposed to horror. Think of Shaun of the Dead but with an apocalyptic obsessed priest searching for the birthplace of the antichrist in order to save the world. However while that brief one sentence description sounds like standard good versus evil plot, it is truly anything but. To make matters even more intriguing, our protagonist priest has concocted a very unorthodox plan then one is accustomed to seeing in this "versus Satan" kind of films. He plans to join the elite of darkness in order to sabotage his plans and…
Alex de la Iglesia's sophomore directorial feature The Day of the Beast smartly combines horror and comedy in a fashion that is both hilarious and appropriately disturbing enough to make it one of the standouts of the subgenre. Asking the question what would happen if the birth of the Antichrist were to be imminent and nobody would notice apart from a possibly crazed priest, de la Iglesia grabs his audience by the throat and never lets them go.
It's christmas time 1995 in Spain. After proclaiming to having uncovered the truth about the upcoming birth of the Antichrist's son and subsequently witnessing his fellow priest being squashed by a giant cross, Cura (the late Álex Angulo in a brilliant and…
Álex Angulo, circulo y Cavan
Ya tenía ganar de revisar 'El día de la bestia' antes de la fatídica muerte del gran Álex Angulo. A veces abusamos cuando le ponemos a una película la etiqueta de 'clave' de una época o una cinematografía. En este caso esa etiqueta está completamente merecida
A priest will try to sell his soul to the devil in order to stop the end of the world.
I have only seen a few of Alex de la Iglesia's films but while i haven't liked all of them i do like very much the general tone of his movies and his sense of humor, plus he is able to pull of suspenseful and creepy moments.
El día de la bestia shines when it's setting up the story and it's having fun with it's premise. It loses strength and momentum after the second act and the climax is anticlimactic but the end makes up for it.
The characters work, because the movie is successful at showing a lot about…
Straight off, this gets goofy. The premise--a priest attempts to perform as much evil as possible so he can summon Satan and prevent the Apocalypse--is completely absurd, and as soon as a giant cross lands atop the man standing next to the priest, you know it's going to be a fun film. And it is, but it doesn't quite live up to its premise. The little bits of evil the priest manages before it digs into the plot are darkly but mildly amusing, and ultimately, unimaginative. It seems to tow the line between cartoonish and something more, and it would have been much better if it had gone for broke one way or the other.
That said, I did enjoy…
Álex Angulo, hace el papel de un cura llamado Ángel Berriatúa.
Creemos que es importante destacar el definido objetivo de este cura, quiere salvar al mundo del anticristo.
Nos fascina conocer personajes que tengan un objetivo tan claro en la mente, es interesante ver cómo a lo largo de la película el cura no cesa con cumplir su objetivo, es obstinado con él. Hará lo que sea para lograrlo. Sólo en el final por un breve momento perderá la esperanza de alcanzar su meta, sin embargo sus nuevos compañeros en esta búsqueda lo alentaran a seguir.
Uno de ellos es, José María, interpretado por Santiago Segura. Quién será el mayor aliado del cura, un tipo sin mucho qué hacer en…
limpia madrid! is a fantastic name for a band
Herrlich anarchische schwarze Komödie um einen Priester, der herausfindet wann der Antichrist geboren wird, aber nicht wo. Daher macht er allerlei böse Sachen um "Satan" näher zu kommen (u.a. möchte er Platten von "Napalm Dez", "Iron Meiden" und "Hace de Ce" kaufen) und wird dabei von einem herrlich siffigen Metaller unterstützt. Das das ganze dabei irgendwann komplett aus dem Ruder läuft dürfte klar sein...
Clásico del cine español. La mejor película de Alex de la Iglesia.
A must-see form the Holiday Season. Love it.
Image and sound, c'est magnifique. Wish it built to a slightly more expressive apocalypse.
Best Christmas movie ever.
Álex Angulo gives a terrific comic performance as Father Ángel Berriartúa, a priest who thinks that the only way to subvert the impending birth of the Antichrist is to travel to Madrid and cosy up to Satan himself on Christmas Eve. He enlists in his cause a crusty clerk from a death metal record store (Santiago Segura) and the unwilling participation of a TV occult "expert" (Armando De Razza). As Father Berriartúa pursues this initial course of action, The Day of the Beast is a fun and thrilling plunge into mild depravity. As the plot shifts at the hour mark, and Iglesia narrows in on his theme, the plot spirals along with Father Berriartúa, losing its momentum and introducing shifts that made me rewind a few times to make sure I caught what was happening — and a couple of times this didn't even help.
In early June, 2013, my best friend killed herself.
She took a cab to the middle of nowhere and vanished,…