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Dagon (2001)

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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
Macarena Gómez ...
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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31 October 2001 (Spain)  »

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€4,200,000 (estimated)
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The chant by the locals at the sacrificial ceremony near the end, "Iä! Iä! Cthulhu fhtagn!" appears in many H.P. Lovecraft tales, shouted by followers of the Old Ones. See more »

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When Paul is trying to escape in the car and hits one of the villagers in the road, the man is yanked back, (by an obvious harness), before the car even touches him. 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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The first H.P. Lovecraft movie
25 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

While it's not technically the *first* Lovecraft film, "Dagon" still has the honor of being the first actual adaption of one of his stories, rather than existing in the 'Lovecraft-inspired' genre.

I think I speak for everyone when I say that a good straight-forward Lovecraft film has been a long time coming. Sure, "Re-Animator" was a great quirky homage, but we've also suffered through more "Unnammables" and "Lurking Fears" than one can point a shotgun at!

Adapted from "The Shadow Over Innsmouth," this film actually does justice to Lovecraft's rich universe. Die-hard fans will no doubt go nuts when they see that every bit of the 'Deep Ones' mythos has been preserved. "Dagon" also marks the first time Cthulu is ever mentioned in a film (unless you count "Cthulu Mansion." Heh heh.)

While it doesn't contain the high production values needed to properly execute every aspect of Lovecraft, the film still looks damn good considering it's microscopic budget. This is the best looking Lovecraft film we're apt to see, as Hollywood won't touch this material with a ten-foot pole.

Sure, a few of the elements look cheap and the acting delivers its share of ham (does anyone understand a word Pablo Rabal is saying?!?!), but Stuart Gordon still succeeds in making "Dagon" an entertaining (and sometimes creepy) foray into one of history's greatest horror authors.




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