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If you’re looking for a non-traditional holiday horror film that’s more ferocious than festive, “The Day of the Beast” is essential viewing.


In this episode of my December series, I gift you a spoiler-free review of The Day of the Beast (1995). This horror comedy directed by Álex de la Iglesia just happens to take place on Christmas Eve. What happens when a priest needs to commit as many sins as possible to stop the Antichrist from being born in Madrid? Lots of chaos and lots of hilarious moments with a bizarre trio of anti-Wise Men. 

The Day of the Beast (Spanish: El día de la bestia) concerns the unorthodox attempts of a Basque priest (Alex Angulo) to avert the birth of the Antichrist in Madrid on Christmas Eve, teaming up with a metalhead (Santiago Segura) and an occult fraudster (Armando De Razza). The film, marketed as “a satanic comedy,” was well received by critics and audiences in Spain and sparked interest in the director’s filmography and style of directing. It earned numerous accolades, including the Goya Award for Best Director for Álex de la Iglesia (currently receiving accolades for the series 30 Coins).

Known for its wicked sense of humor and decidedly blasphemous approach to “the most wonderful time of the year” — this Spanish gem is perfect for the “Bah Humbug” crowd who want something more twisted and subversive in their holiday stocking.


Donna Tha Dead

Donna Tha Dead is a podcast for lovers of horror, cult classics, and other genres of cinemas. Your host, Donna, is a confirmed ghost story and horror film addict.  To those that can hear Donna’s voice, she invites you to come hold her hand in the darkness and listen.

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