El Día de la bestia (The Day of the Beast) (1999)

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Spanish filmmaker Alex de la Iglesia followed his outlandish sci-fi/horror debut, Accion Mutante, with this colorful apocalypse fantasy about Father Angel (Alex Angulo), a scholarly priest whose intensive research into cabalistic "Bible Code" prophecies leads to a horrific discovery: the exact birthdate of the Antichrist. Convinced that Satan's spawn will be born somewhere in Madrid on Christmas Day, Father Angel embarks on a bizarre journey down the path of sin, committing the foulest possible acts against God and humanity in order to worm his way into the Devil's inner circle and face the ultimate foe on his own turf. Comprised of equal parts high-concept horror and scathing social satire (in the mode of the director's peer and former collaborator Pedro Almodovar), this ambitious horror film has garnered a sizable cult following. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for El Día de la bestia (The Day of the Beast)

All Critics (12)

This second feature by naughty Spanish director Alex de la Iglesia turns out to be a splendidly blasphemous horror-comedy about nothing less than the birth of the Antichrist.

Nov 27, 2017 | Full Review…

At two hours, the gore is thick but the fun is spread thin. Gallows humour is the order of the day, though nobody seems to have realised that black comedy is still required to be funny.

Nov 13, 2017 | Full Review…

The film is aware that the plot points are absurd, and de la Iglesia visually tells the story as if it were a mean spirited comic book, but it all plays straight, with no irritating winking.

May 1, 2011 | Full Review…

Its mildly blasphemous subject matter, weak special effects, and at times murky storyline make it a tough sell to mainstream audiences anywhere.

Jan 10, 2007 | Full Review…

One key difference between the film industries in America and Spain: America would never honor a horror comedy with multiple Oscar wins, let alone nominations.

Oct 23, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for El Día de la bestia (The Day of the Beast)

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hilarious, like a subversive ghostbusters, with great committed performances by alex angulo as the mad priest and especially santiago segura as a heavy metal fan enlisted to help prevent the apocalypse

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

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Exceptional dark comedy from Almodóvar protegé, Alex de la Iglesia. Shocking, violent and hilarious, EL DIA DE LA BESTIA is endlessly entertaining. De la Iglesia takes a classic formula and sets it in Madrid to interesting results. Alex Angulo, Santiago Segura and Armando de Razza play a triad of unique characters that compliment each other perfectly, bringing the amazing story by De la Iglesia and Jorge Guerricaechevarría to life.

Fernando Rafael Quintero Castañeda
Fernando Rafael Quintero Castañeda

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How has this film been around for 14 years without me hearing of it? This is exactly my cup of tea. Original, funny, exciting and dark. The Day of the Beast is about a priest that begins committing sins so that he can contact Satan and trick him into revealing the future birth place of the Antichrist. Thus, allowing him to kill the child and prevent the apocalypse. The film begins with our "hero", a very loose term as he must be evil to save the world, doing stuff such as stealing change from beggars, pushing mimes off high platforms and keying peoples cars. As the end of days approaches, his acts become even more dark, but are always handled with a dark sense of humour. On his way he picks up two followers and the three of them create a very memorable cinematic trio. The film succeeds with a spot-on tone. It's never cheesy, too far-fetched or too serious. It knows when to drive the plot forward and when to sit back and have some fun. It also has some kickass music and memorable death scenes.

Luke Baldock
Luke Baldock

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De la Iglesia's perfect blend of horror with the most crazy, outrageous humour. the "three wise men" are superb in their roles, but Santiago Segura is the one who steals the show. Apocalypse will never be this fun.

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

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