The devilishly dated “End of Days” remains more popular than you think

Attempting to explain the Y2K panic to younger generations risks making you sound like a crazy person, as the start of the millennium inspires widespread fears that the whole world is about to end. Hollywood saw an opportunity and tried to monetize the concerns, however The End of Days ended up dousing the celebrations with an incredibly silly smear of satanic paint.

The late 1990s were a strange time, perfectly embodied by one of the year’s final blockbusters, which revolves around a dispirited Arnold Schwarzenegger who becomes embroiled in a demonic conspiracy, reincarnation, the devil himself, a decades-long religious cover-up and more more includes a fight with Miriam Margoyles of all things.

The End of Days
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At a price of 100 million US dollars The End of Days performed admirably at the box office, grossing n$212 million from theatres, despite taking a critical hit. An 11 percent Rotten Tomatoes score, 32 percent user rating, and Razzie nominations for Worst Actor, Worst Supporting Actor, and Worst Director don’t paint a pretty picture — but it looks like a re-rating is underway.

There’s a pretty shocking level of support being shown over on Reddit The End of Days 23 years later, with everything from Schwarzenegger’s performance to the ambitious concept, to the smashing soundtrack full of nu-metal favorites and Gabriel Byrne’s hammer-as-a-Christmas-basket spin on Satan finding praise.

Does it deserve a re-evaluation? That’s entirely up to you, though The End of Days It’s worth revisiting just to see how obsolete it has become just a month after it was released in November 1999. The devilishly dated “End of Days” remains more popular than you think

Lindsay Lowe

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