This is for the 2015 (1st) edition of the list. For the 2016 (2nd) edition, go here.
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…
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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…
Day 89: The Day of the Beast - 1995
A priest believes he knows when the Antichrist will be born and enlists the help of a satanist and a TV psychic to stop the world from ending.
This hilarious horror comedy expertly mocks religion, while somehow remaining a tense thriller at the same time. The characters are great and it's just great fun to watch.
a hell of a lot of fun
I mean who can't have fun watching a priest, a young metal head, and a televangelist* run around madrid christmas eve in an attempt to find and kill the new born antichrist
I need to have more spanish speaking punk friends so we can make this a christmas classic
I couldn't find a subtitled version anywhere, so there's pretty much 100% chance that I missed parts but I got most of it, and what I got I loved.
Its cultish, not because of the satanism, but because of the whole funky death metal theme, spaniard inside jokes (of which the majority most likely flew over my head), and quirky satire, but i still think it can be enjoyed for a foreigners point of view, because let's be real, I liked it.
(not a huge fan of the ending, but it didn't make or break the film y'know/)
Tried to finish this film twice, it was excrutiating... Which is a shame because I liked the idea of a crazy Satan seeking priest. Unfortunately an idea just isn't good enough.
Film #14 of the 30 countries 30 films challenge
list: March Around The World 2016 Challenge
Funny at times but just not interesting.
This movie is part of Lise’s March Around The World 2016 Challenge. Country: Spain
El Dia de la Bestiais absurd and grotesque. Beware, in the second half of the movie you can appreciate some true trash made in Italy.
Bechdel-Wallace test: fail
Pasa de la comedia a la conspiración danbrownesca al terror al thriller a las películas de camaradería sin perder la gracia. No hay personaje de más y hay dos grandes momentos de shock.
"El Día de La Bestia" es una exitosa mezcla entre humor negro y temática ocultista y apocalíptica.
Con esto quiero decir que una cosa favorece a la otra y la otra a la una.
Que el humor no sería tan divertido sin el satanismo y el satanismo no sería tan atractivo sin el humor.
claro que esse filme é uma besteira, mas isso não necessariamente é uma coisa ruim. a premissa é bizarramente divertida e tem umas sequências de ação e comédia bem legais, principalmente quando o padre vai buscar o sangue de uma virgem. toda aquela parte no apartamento do apresentador de televisão é muito boa, mas o problema é que essa parte acaba. aí o filme fica sem ritmo, sem graça, vira uma bagunça. e continua sendo uma besteira.
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La historia gira alrededor de un sacerdote que intenta impedir el nacimiento del anticristo con la ayuda de un vidente falso y un metalero. Juntos deberán impedir el fin de la humanidad.
Claramente vemos la idea de McKee sobre la construcción de la estructura a través de los personajes. Son tres personajes detestables pero al estar unido en contra de un mal mayor—satanás—la historia puede seguir adelante. Bajo otras circunstancias cavan y José maría podrían haber sido los antagonistas de la película sin embargo la estructura está diseñada para que el espectador se interese por la evolución de los personajes.
Un ejemplo especifico de esto es cuando el metalero cree sin mucho problema la historia del sacerdote. Esto debido a su actitud tan despreocupada e incluso infantil. El avance del largometraje es posible debido a estos factores en pro de la narrativa.
The 2016 (2nd) edition of the list. You can see the original and more info here.
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