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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 reportedly contains 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
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…
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…
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.
Se ha perdido el color en el cine español, y esta peli es un buen ejemplo de ello. El tono oscuro que envuelve la película, la total parodia a las figuras de los personajes principales, los guiños a las sectas... Hacer este tipo de peli actualmente es prácticamente imposible.
Una comedia satírica en la que un cura vaticina la llegada del Anticristo y decide buscarle para hacer un pacto y salvar la tierra. Eso si, pero el cura va sembrando el mal a su paso. Santiago Segura esta mucho mejor en esta peli que en todas las de Torrente. Mis respetos a Alex de la Iglesia, porque me he reido y me lo he pasado muy bien.
PD: Si eres…
Been meaning to watch this film ever since it came out 20 years ago but somehow it always escaped my attention. So for this Hooptober been planning to watch this.
I am woefully behind my schedule but just like everyone in this film I am always looking for signs and my sign came when I spoke with a Basque (not Spanish, so she says!) girl at work.
Whenever I get a chance we engage in a playful kind of mocking (at least that's how I call it) over her identity so at one stage I said: "So if the Basque country has so much to offer, name one Basque director".
Nearly fell of my chair when she said Alex De…
Con sus altos y sus bajos, pero Álex de la Iglesia es un puto tesoro nacional. Y solo podía serlo de este país.
Un sacerdote actualizado, un gordo metalero y un esotérico personaje de televisión forman a la perfección la ridiculez humana cuando se trata de religión.
Una película satírica, no apta para cualquiera que tenga una mínima inclinación religiosa. Con raíces en una mente perturbada perteneciente a Alex de la Iglesia.
Básicamente se trata de la Biblia, del anticristo, y de la erradicación del mal.
Sin embargo -y profundamente- este mal es remediado mediante el mismo mal (razón de ser de esta película), el cual el personaje principal trata de encontrar metiéndose a los rincones más sucios y absurdos de la vida humana: que van desde la cultura "satánica" desinformada hasta las viejas gordas que ven en la televisión la nueva salvación humana.
Esta película presenta la esencia del humor negro: risa y actualidad.
Spanish genre filmmaker Alex de la Ignesia followed up the international success of ACCION MUTANTE with this equally wild and over-the-top satanic horror comedy that has a priest(Alex Angulo) getting the sign that the Anti-Christ will be born and the Devil will be there at his presence,driving the priest to commit as many sins(robberies,taking drugs,smoking,drinking,having sex,committing murder) in his quest to get closer to the Devil,as he soon recruit a heavy metal headbanger(Santiago Segura) and they kidnap a popular TV astrologist(Armando De Razza) in their quest to go find the Devil and the soon-to-be-born Anti-Christ while literally wrecking havoc everywhere they go,with the world going into complete anarchy before their quest is near its end. de la Ignesia properly keeps…
Kind of fell apart a little towards the end, but completely awesome aside from that. It was a Lost & Found movie, so I had no idea what to expect, but it ended up being one of my favorite of the series.
Esta gran película española puede relacionarse directamente con la teoría que presenta Joseph Cambell en "El héroe de las mil caras" sobre la estructura mitológica, en la cual habla de la relación de el héroe y el dios, aunque en esta caso sea La Bestia, el Anti-Cristo.
En este fragmento de su libro, Cambell habla de un héroe que parte de un mundo cotidiano hacia una serie de aventuras sobrenaturales con intervención divina y tras vencer, regresa a la cotidianidad con un aprendizaje. Esto lo ejemplifica con la vida de Buda, quien tras partir en secreto del palacio de su padre, realiza una serie de acciones heroicas y fuera de lo ordinario antes de regresar a la vida "común" aunque…
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