The Day of the Beast

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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
Starring Álex Angulo
Armando De Razza
Santiago Segura
Maria Grazia Cucinotta
Music by Battista Lena
Cinematography Flavio Martínez Labiano
Edited by Teresa Font
Canal+ España
Iberoamericana Films Producción
Sociedad General de Televisión (Sogetel)
Distributed by Trimark Pictures (USA)
Release date
  • 20 October 1995 (1995-10-20)
Running time
103 minutes
Country Spain
Language Spanish
Budget $1,500,000

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.

Plot synopsis[edit]

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 salesman 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 salesman'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 priest's 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.


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