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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…
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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…
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…
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…
Santiago Segura was HILARIOUS as Jose Maria! I loved The Priest and Professor Cavan too, such great characters in a fun, original story.
Christmas is a perfect time for a joyful end of the world. Yeah right. The Day of the Beast blends some dark humor, instantaneous violence, and a thoroughly engaging plot, as a Roman Catholic priest takes on the devilish task to multi-sin in an attempt stop the Antichrist ending it all. Plucky and smart, this is always watchable, throwing in plenty of that playful Spanish sense of humor without making a mockery of the eerie seriousness of the narrative. The unlikely, but formidable, trio of the priest, a death metal-head, and a seemingly-phony host of a TV show actually fits the bill.
El dia de la bestia is a great dark comedy that despite the humor still works very well as a serious horror thriller.
The concept of a priest who starts sinning just so he can meet Satan to possibly save mankind is a lot of fun.
This was a letdown but it has some pretty fun moments. The performances are great by the three leads but it`s definitely not the classic I was lead to believe. There are some pretty bad pacing issues and the film feels longer than it really is. Overall I had a fun time with it but I don`t think I`ll ever watch it again. 3.5/5 stars.
This really felt much longer than it's running time. A lot of the build up had pacing issues. Having only seen de la Iglesia's newer work, I expected a lot more. Finale is pretty bonkers and worth it's runtime tho and a few gags in between make it just about worthwhile.
Alex de la Iglesia se caracteriza por generar películas donde sobresale el humor negro por sobre lo demás. Es una película con un guión muy bien logrado, unos personajes muy entrañables y la actuación es un gran mérito porque parece improvisada. Los efectos visuales y el maquillaje son muy buenos a pesar del poco presupuesto con el que se hizo (De la Iglesia suele hacer producciones low budget).
Una película que se siente vieja, con referencias a la cultura popular de los años noventa. Es interesante para pasar el rato.
*Finally* seeing this gem has renewed my hope that there actually *are* great horrors out there that I have not yet seen. Thoroughly enjoyable.
I find it a little surprising that Alex de la Iglesia isn't more widely known among cult film folks. He's dabbled in a number of different genres, but I have a soft spot for this film, a wildly entertaining horror-comedy. It helps that it's mired in the mid-90s and is essentially a buddy comedy starring a priest and a portly death metal enthusiast. The priest must sin hard enough to make contact with Satan in order to prevent the birth of the Antichrist. Death metal guy provides some helpful tips and life lessons to get him there. Along the way, they meet a TV host who BS'es his way into secrets of the real occult. The first 2/3s or so…
I love love Christmas and Christmas movies!!
Movies set at, around or a scene at Christmas.
a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…