Following our Basque Pintxos and Films Crawl in Leith Walk, we present the icing over the cake. We cannot imagine a better film to round up a perfect Sunday.
Proud to present… The Day of The Beast in Leith (El Dia de la Bestia)
The free film/food crawl culminates at Henderson Halls on Henderson Street for an afterparty where attendees can enjoy the great Basque cult classic feature film El Dia de la Bestia (The Day of the Beast) from 1995 by Alex de la Iglesia. The event closes with a dj set from Pako Vega AKA Sounds Of Ogigia. Afterparty tickets available at £6 each from Citizen Ticket.
The Devil is returning to earth on Christmas Eve and only a lone priest can save the world. Following up his provocative 1993 debut feature 'Accion Mutante', 1995 saw acclaimed Spanish Director Alex De La Iglesia cement his cult reputation by unleashing this outrageous festive rollercoaster. An intoxicating blend of horror, fantasy and jet black humour, 'The Day of the Beast' explodes into action and quickly escalates into one of the darkest, funniest and most surreal Christmas movies of all time.
“In keeping with the form of Spanish humour known as esperpento - in which a distorted version of reality is utilised in order to critique it - the film contains grotesque violence and slapstick humour in a nonetheless affectionate take on the horror genre” (Eyefor Film)
This second feature by naughty Spanish director Alex de la Iglesia turns out to be a splendidly blasphemous horror-comedy about nothing less than the birth of the Antichrist. (Daily Telegraph)
“is a vast improvement - a comedy which manages to parody The Omen, indulge in well-timed farcical running-around and take pot-shots at everything from Satanic Heavy Metal through TV paranormal hucksterism to Spanish modern architecture.”
Day of the Beast is a stylish film full of well-composed shots. Its gleeful inverse theology and blasphemous imagery would appear to put it in the tradition of Luis Buñuel’s satires. However, it is also a wilfully trashy horror comedy, fitting perfectly with the 1990s spirit of Beavis and Butthead and Rob Zombie. (John A Reilly - Desist Film)
Alive-wire comedy-actioner about a priest determined to thwart the coming of the Antichrist to present-day Madrid, "The Day of the Beast" combines the anarchic spirit of vintage schlock horror with a more contemporary, comic-strip vision of the impending apocalypse. (Variety)
This event is part of Basque Spring, a film season organised by Cinemaattic that will bring to the UK classic and contemporary films from Basque Country from April 25th to May 23rd, and includes special screenings, talks and gastronomic events. The retrospective is supported by Etxepare Basque Institute and is part of the #ScotlandGoesBasque programme. More information via: at www.cinemaattic.com