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The Day of the Beast (1995)



"The Day of the Beast" (1995)
Dir: Álex de la Iglesia

A theologian priest discovers, through extensive study, that the Book of Revelations is a cryptogram which, when deciphered, announces the birth of the Antichrist on December 25th, 1995. Convinced that this is to occur in Madrid, the priest enlists the help of a death metal record shop owner and a fraudulent TV spiritualist in order to prevent the Apocalypse by tricking Satan. Far from being as crude or exploitative as this sounds (especially when coming from the director of the raucous "Accion Mutante"), "The Day of the Beast" is strangely sensitive towards its subject matter. A 'buddy movie' with a difference, this modern masterpiece is intelligent, lively, loaded with hysterical gallows humour and a constant flow of inventive madness that never descends into schlock. The twisty screenplay is watertight and considered; the photography is breathtaking; the three leads (Alex Angulo, Armando De Razza and Santiago Segura) play their parts phenomenally so by the end, you're not only endeared to them but convinced that their insane mission is somehow bonafide. Quite frankly, this is one of the best films I've seen in any genre and a double-bill with this and "Gremlins" would be the best Christmas present you could give to someone. ****
Tags: black comedy, four stars, religious
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Quite frankly, this is one of the best films I've seen in any genre and a double-bill with this and "Gremlins" would be the best Christmas present you could give to someone.

Now, there's a thought...
Might be the same one I had.
This is one of my fave films. Where did you see it? On DVD? if so, which version and where did you get it? I have to have it as my old copy was filched.
20th Century Fox Spain put it out on DVD, with English subtitles, fully uncut. There are even a few cool extras, like a Making Of documentary although sadly these are without the English subs. I got my copy from eBay, I'm afraid ...

(PS: Your posting here has reminded me that I have been very rude/rubbish. I never responded to the email you sent me about Rumour Machine. It certainly wasn't that I wasn't interested. It just caught me at a bad time and then I promptly forgot all about it. It's not been the best six months lately. But this probably all goes to show that I'd be rubbish with deadlines anyway. ;))
No worries. Good to know the Spanish version is out there. I'll have to track it down.

No worries mate - re the reviewing - I figured you were busy anyway. I got so busy that I ended up giving the site away to someone else to run. Looks like he might have been inept enough to have killed it. You should do your own website. Secure the films you want to review for free.