El Dia de la Bestia (1995)

Genres - Horror  |   Sub-Genres - Black Comedy, Horror Comedy, Supernatural Horror  |   Run Time - 103 min.  |   Countries - Spain  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Spanish filmmaker Alex de la Iglesia followed his outlandish sci-fi/horror debut, Accion Mutante, with this colorful apocalypse fantasy about Father Angel (Alex Angulo), a scholarly priest whose intensive research into cabalistic "Bible Code" prophecies leads to a horrific discovery: the exact birthdate of the Antichrist. Convinced that Satan's spawn will be born somewhere in Madrid on Christmas Day, Father Angel embarks on a bizarre journey down the path of sin, committing the foulest possible acts against God and humanity in order to worm his way into the Devil's inner circle and face the ultimate foe on his own turf. Comprised of equal parts high-concept horror and scathing social satire (in the mode of the director's peer and former collaborator Pedro Almodovar), this ambitious horror film has garnered a sizable cult following.

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priest, Antichrist, Apocalypse, good-vs-evil, prophecy, Satan, demon, heavy-metal-music, occult, paranormal, parapsychologist, purity, record-store, ritual, Satanism, sin, exorcism, professor