The Day of the Beast

Never quite lives up to its opening credits sequence, a deadpan reel of slapstick Satanism, but still manages to wring both laughs and heavier emotional beats from genial fanatics raising hell for what they believe is the best reason in the world. The premise and main trio of actors are good enough to get this past the many rough patches and moments where the (lack of) balance between broad farce and pitch-black humor doesn't quite work. I first saw this many years ago without subtitles and was never lost despite my abysmal Spanish and nonexistent Italian. The outsized performances and hyperkinetic visual style helped a lot that first time but grated on rewatch.

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