The Day Of The Beast

  • 1995
  • Movie
  • R
  • Comedy, Horror

This odd little number from Spain (where it was a phenomenal success when it was released in 1995) revolves around one Father Angel (Alex Angulo) a cabalistic scholar who has broken the number code concealed in the Biblical book of the Apocalypse and discovered that the Anti-Christ is to be born on the very next Christmas Day, somewhere in Madrid. Determined...read more

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This odd little number from Spain (where it was a phenomenal success when it was released in 1995) revolves around one Father Angel (Alex Angulo) a cabalistic scholar who has broken the number code concealed in the Biblical book of the Apocalypse

and discovered that the Anti-Christ is to be born on the very next Christmas Day, somewhere in Madrid. Determined to head off the end of the world, even if he has to sell his own soul to do it, Father Angel — a meek and inoffensive fellow — embarks upon a life of sin so he can confront

the Devil face to face. The padre steals from beggars, shoplifts and says unkind things to the dying, before getting mixed up with a host of oddballs, including pompous TV psychic Professor Cavan(Armado De Razza) and drugged-out metal head Joes Maria (Santiago Segura), whose acquaintance with

Satan goes no further than a Black Sabbath tee-shirt, who join in the increasing desperate search to pin-down the exact birthplace of the infernal baby before it's too late. Writer/director Alex de la Iglesia made his first film, MUTANT ACTION, with an assist from Pedro Almodovar, and you can see

why Almodovar was willing to lend a hand: The two share the same anarchic sense of humor, but de la Iglesia's seminal movie memories appeared to have been forged from horror pictures rather than glossy Hollywood melodramas. This sardonic gloss on THE OMEN is gleefully tasteless, cheerfully

blasphemous, smartly cynical about popular culture and sometimes very funny indeed.

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  • Released: 1995
  • Rating: R
  • Review: This odd little number from Spain (where it was a phenomenal success when it was released in 1995) revolves around one Father Angel (Alex Angulo) a cabalistic scholar who has broken the number code concealed in the Biblical book of the Apocalypse and disc… (more)

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