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El Día de la Bestia (aka ‘The Day of the Beast’)(1995)(Review)[Foreign Friday]

A priest has become convinced that he knows exactly when the antichrist will be born, and he scrambles and assembles a small team to try to find the location as well before the world itself ends.

This is the second feature from Alex de la Iglesia, and it’s a lot of fun. The priest must pledge allegiance to Satan in order to get close to the Antichrist, which results in slashing tires, telling a dying man to ‘burn in hell’, shotgun robbery, and much more debauchery. He teams up with a death metal record store clerk and an occultist to find out what they know.

The movie gets bonkers in the best way. It’s fun from front to back and has a playful yet mean tone to it. It reminds me of “God Told Me To” meets “Detroit Rock City”. It’s also a Christmas film!

I don’t have much to say, except that the film delivers on every promise it makes. It’s bleak, chaotic, and is full of surprises that will make you either laugh or squirm.

“The Day of the Beast” is currently streaming on Shudder.

‘Til Next Time,
Mike Cleopatra

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