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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly enjoyable
A priest is convinced, from his interpretation of the Book of Revelations, that the birth of the Antichrist is imminent, and he must set out to destroy him.
He enlists the aid of a credulous, burly, not-too-bright but essentially kind hearted fan of Satanistic heavy metal music. Together they forcibly coerce a disbelieving charlatan who presents an occult televsion...
Published on 26 May 2000

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars catholic heavy metal
The film itself is funny, darkly so at times, and yet has the subtext and subplot coming to the fore as the film progresses. This plotting beneath the surface engages the satire on the modern spanish world, as well as that of many other countries. Homelessness, strong overpowering the weak, celebrity driven tv vacuity, loss of ethical centre, moral compass gone haywire...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly enjoyable, 26 May 2000
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A priest is convinced, from his interpretation of the Book of Revelations, that the birth of the Antichrist is imminent, and he must set out to destroy him.
He enlists the aid of a credulous, burly, not-too-bright but essentially kind hearted fan of Satanistic heavy metal music. Together they forcibly coerce a disbelieving charlatan who presents an occult televsion show into helping them.
Like most other people in the film, the viewer is convinced that the priest is at best deluded, at worst a madman, until midway through the film, with a sudden dramatic turn, it becomes clear that this is all too real and the priest has been right all along.
The unlikely trio thus must set out to find and kill the newborn Antichrist, before the world is destroyed.
This film is not my usual sort of genre, but blows away most other horror films. Suspense is maintained right to the end. Suprisingly enjoyable.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best film about Satan coming to destroy the world ever., 13 Mar. 2000
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You would not believe how enjoyable, antertaining and funny a film about Satan coming to earth could be. But when it involves a priest having to kill people to save the world from armageddon, it's really not too much of a surprise. Definitely worth your money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars catholic heavy metal, 6 Feb. 2015
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The film itself is funny, darkly so at times, and yet has the subtext and subplot coming to the fore as the film progresses. This plotting beneath the surface engages the satire on the modern spanish world, as well as that of many other countries. Homelessness, strong overpowering the weak, celebrity driven tv vacuity, loss of ethical centre, moral compass gone haywire etc. I could go on. The surface elements of a priest trying to perform evil in order to get in favour and ultimately subvert the Devil himself as the anti-christ is born (no spoiler i can assure you)..well that is the full bodied, visceral visual component, alongside the humourous clash of catholicism and so called satanic music & culture, the banal television world versus actual painful bloody reality. Clashes all round then, but not quite as surreal as the directors other forays against authority in his other films (Accion Mutante for instance).

So is it heavy and serious at times, no. It actually flits along nicely and similarly with the directors other films, should reveal a tendency to enthusiastic fun and frivolity as regards subversive violence whilst having characters you actually give a damn about. The lead priest is very engaging. Of course, the viewer brings their own bias to the game and i can see catholics avoiding the film, or laughing at it- for totally different reasons to perhaps the rest of the audience, who may find it a relatively low budget but quirky, latin sock in the jaw. Eccentric & bubbly but not too tasteless, as many modern films have now pushed the envelope into the nethers of the devil himself it seems...overall a well shot, solid piece of religious satirical hokum. Excellent for christmas eve viewing.

As to the dvd itself. The spanish release has english subtitles among others, and they are quite sizeable and no, you cannot miss them. Unfortunately, the reason i deduct a number of stars is that the dvd has a claim of 1.85 ratio yet comes to the screen very small, window letterbox. Right in the middle of the screen. After manipulating a large number of scanning and similar options on the tv it came out slightly improved. Anyone with a small tv will want to return it or invest in a very strong magnifying glass, as it still doesnt have the correct composition. Also the intro by the director does not have subtitles. Pity.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stylish, funny, intelligent, dark and disturbing., 27 May 2002
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This is one of the more imaginative Antichrist-is-born plots. From his mathematical analysis of the Book of Revelations a theologian is led to believe that the Antichrist will be born in Madrid on Christmas day and sets out to prevent this. His plan, such as it is, is to get Satan himself to tell him where the event will take place by pretending to be evil to which end he steals the wallet from a dying man, shoplifts and listens to extreme metal.

In a Madrid heavy metal record store he acquires an hilarious sidekick. Together they kidnap the charlatan host of an occult TV show and force him to perform a seance to divine the wherabouts of the Antichrist's birth. Up until this point you have believed that the priest is misguided and more than a little mad but in a delightful twist it turns out that he is entirely correct: the arrival of the Antichrist and the end of the world is imminent! Simply brilliant. Be warned, however, that the violence level is extremely high. The humour, which is rampant, is very un-PC as well.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spanish horror is cool (but seriously), 23 Feb. 2008
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This review is from: The Day of the Beast (El Día de la bestia) [1996] [DVD] (DVD)
Day of the beast. The title tells it all this film is nuts.The plot a priest figures out an equation which proves that the end of the world is due in Madrid at midnight xmas eve. He decides that he must take on the devil to stop the birth of the anti christ. To do this he must gain the Devils attention so he has to be completly evil.He robs a blind beggar nicks the wallet of a dying man and curses him instead of giving him the last rites plus he poisons his flatmate to steal some blood from her.

Of course to become a tool of the devil you must listen to his music so the priest walks around the street listning to heavy metal on the most ridiculous looking personal stereo I have ever seen. He meets a young man who runs a record shop and they team up to kidnap a tv fortune teller and save the world.

What makes this film so fantastic is it just doesn't seem to know where it is heading. There is no real explantaion as to how the end of the world will happen though there are some chilling moments with some sort of NAZI group. You get no real idea of why the record guy hangs with the priest and how they get of this building they were hanging on to.

All of this is just garnish however just watch it and try and stop your eyes popping out. Its just a pity that you have to pay for it from abroard. They used to stock the video years ago.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great film with a cool soundtrack, 30 Mar. 2015
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A great film with a cool soundtrack. The film addresses social issues in Spain of the mid-90s as well as showing an outrageous and sometimes funny story about the occult.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining in a bizarre way, 8 Nov. 2012
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After viewing this film I thought it entertaining but thought that many could liken this to marmite - you either love it or hate. Very expensive for what it was and would put this in the £8 -£10 category. The seller did do a splendid job of despatching this from Madrid, so no gripes there! As for the film itself, it showed to be a little dated but was still watchable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 8 May 2015
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