El Día de la bestia [DVD] 
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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.
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.
Whilst the plot is sparse, the deliciously black humour coupled with a few genuinely creepy scenes ensure that Day Of The Beast is a complete triumph. The director Álex de la Iglesia also has a humanist heart beating throughout the film, so although the dark humour runs throughout the film, it is never frivolous or contrived. The very open ended climatic scenes could be seen as a weak point, but I felt they added a great deal to the whole film.
It also helps that the cast all perform so well, and as mentioned before certain scenes such as the invocation of the Devil are actually very atmospheric and creepy. It's a shame that Sam Raimi didn't watch this particular scene before shooting 'Drag Me To Hell'.
This Korean release has a reasonable picture quality, and a choice of the original Spanish audio and optional Korean and English subtitles. No extras to speak of.
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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