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Dagon (2001)

R  |   |  Fantasy, Horror, Mystery  |  31 October 2001 (Spain)
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A boating accident runs a young man and woman ashore in a decrepit Spanish fishing town which they discover is in the grips of an ancient sea god and its monstrous half human offspring.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Paul Marsh
Francisco Rabal ...
Ezequiel
Raquel Meroño ...
Bárbara
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Uxía Cambarro
Brendan Price ...
Howard
Birgit Bofarull ...
Vicki
Uxía Blanco ...
Madre Ezequiel / Ezequiel's Mother
Ferran Lahoz ...
Sacerdote / Priest
Joan Minguell ...
Xavier Cambarro
Alfredo Villa ...
Capitán Orfeo Cambarro / Captain Orpheus Cambarro
José Lifante ...
Recepcionista Hotel / Desk Clerk
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Padre Ezequiel / Ezequiel's Father
Victor Barreira ...
Ezequiel Joven / Young Ezequiel
Fernando Gil ...
Sacerdote Católico / Catholic Priest
Jorge Luis Pérez ...
Chico / Boy
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Based on a short story by H.P. Lovecraft, the undisputed master of the macabre, Dagon tells the story of Paul Marsh, a young man who discovers that the truth will not set him free instead it condemns him to a waking nightmare of unrelenting horror. A boating accident off the coast of Spain sends Paul and his girlfriend Barbara to the decrepit fishing village of Imboca looking for help. As night falls, people start to disappear and things not quite human start to appear. Paul finds himself pursued by the entire town. Running for his life, he uncovers Imboca's dark secret: that they pray to Dagon, a monstrous god of the sea. And Dagon's unholy offspring are freakish half-human creatures on the loose in Imboca... Written by Friday Jones <friday@fridayjones.com>

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Rated R for strong violence/gore, sexuality/nudity and language | See all certifications »

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€4,200,000 (estimated)
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Brendan Price's character is named Howard after H.P. Lovecraft, writer of the original story. See more »

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In the house full of water, Abuelo forces Paul's head into a filthy toilet. When the toilet is shown in the same scene, it is totally white. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Uxía Cambarro: Pablo, it is your destiny.
Paul Marsh: You stay away! I'll kill you all! I'll burn this fucking town to the ground!
Uxía Cambarro: We had different mothers, but the same father. We are children of Dagon.
Paul Marsh: You're a bunch of freaks. A bunch of fucking freaks!
Uxía Cambarro: Your dreams. Remember your dreams, Pablo. They brought you here.
Paul Marsh: No. They were nightmares. They weren't real.
Uxía Cambarro: Every dream is a wish.
Paul Marsh: [Paul collapses] Somebody help me! What's happening to me?
Uxía Cambarro: You are my brother. You will be my lover - forever.
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Cold, Icky and Eerie
21 December 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm not a huge Lovecraft fan. Don't get me wrong, the man was a master

  • but that's the problem I have with him. He simply wrote too well. His


mutant fish fixation has always upset my equilibrium, and his tentacled Monster Gods still give me nightmares. Maybe, as a Pisces, I was subconsciously insulted, I don't know...but I've never sought out either his written works or the films based upon them. So, it was with little enthusiasm that I watched "Dagon" one cold, rainy morning. I wasn't sorry.

This film could probably be easily lost in the deluge of direct-to-video slashers with unimaginative plots and stale gore effects, which is a shame because it is neither stale nor a slasher. Based on a short story (which runs no more than five or six pages, if memory serves me correctly) "Dagon" is a cold, slithery, unnerving tale set in one of those isolated seaside towns that Lovecraft loved so much to write about. A boat accident sends a young couple ashore seeking help for their stranded friends. There have been warnings already, in the shapes of underwater nightmares suffered by the young man; a huge, submerged stone disk, a mermaid with a vampire's mouth, etc. The town's listless inhabitants soon reveal themselves to the terrified young couple - white, slimy gills and fish black eyes make their appearance, and by the time they do, it is too late.

There's a beautiful syren with mesmerizing eyes and an unfortunate case of tentacles, a bloody sacrifice above a stone pit, a sick face-ripping scene, a self-immolation and a twist ending. "Dagon" is hardly a throwaway slasher flick - its a dark, nasty, twisted fairy tale with neither a happy nor an unhappy ending. People with fish phobias probably would do well to steer clear, but this is a very well done little film that deserves better attention.


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