The Day of the Beast
|The Day of the Beast|
Theatrical release poster by Oscar Mariné
|Directed by||Álex de la Iglesia|
|Produced by||Andrés Vicente Gómez|
|Written by||Jorge Guerricaechevarría
Álex de la Iglesia
Armando De Razza
Maria Grazia Cucinotta
|Music by||Battista Lena|
|Cinematography||Flavio Martínez Labiano|
|Edited by||Teresa Font|
Iberoamericana Films Producción
Sociedad General de Televisión (Sogetel)
|Distributed by||Trimark Pictures (USA)|
The Day of the Beast (Spanish: El día de la Bestia) is a 1995 Spanish black comedy horror action film co-written and directed by Álex de la Iglesia and starring Álex Angulo, Armando De Razza and Santiago Segura. Both Maria Grazia Cucinotta and El Gran Wyoming have small roles in the film as well.
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). By committing multiple sins, the priest hopes to sell his soul, so that he can be at the birth of the Antichrist and kill it before it can destroy the world.
The priest and the death metal salesmen kidnap the host, so he can help them in summoning the devil. The ritual requires the blood of a virgin and while on his quest to get it, the priest accidentally kills the salesmen's mother and close friend. During the ritual, in which the main characters go on an "acid trip", the devil manifests and, not being fooled by the priests actions, he does not reveal the location of the Antichrist.
The trio eventually track down the birthplace of the Antichrist. The salesman is killed by the Antichrist and the devil's minions attack and badly burn the host, but the priest is able to kill them and the Antichrist. After the events, the priest and the host become homeless drifters.
- Álex Angulo as Father Ángel Berriartúa
- Armando De Razza as Professor Cavan
- Santiago Segura as José María
- Terele Pávez as Rosario
- Nathalie Seseña as Mina
- Maria Grazia Cucinotta as Susana
- Jaime Blanch
- Antonio Dechent
- Saturnino Garcia
- Ramon Agirre
- El Gran Wyoming
- Jimmy Barnatan, as possessed child
In the early 2000s an attempt was made by producer Andrés Vicente Gómez to develop an American remake written by screenwriter Edward Savio Idiots in the Machine.
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