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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Bárbara
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Uxía Cambarro
Brendan Price ...
Howard
Birgit Bofarull ...
Vicki
Uxía Blanco ...
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Xavier Cambarro
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Capitán Orfeo Cambarro / Captain Orpheus Cambarro
José Lifante ...
Recepcionista Hotel
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Padre Ezequiel / Ezequiel's Father
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Sacerdote Católico / Catholic Priest
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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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Francisco Rabal's last movie. It is dedicated to his memory with the quote "Dedicated to Francisco Rabal, a wonderful actor and even better human being", just before the end credits. See more »

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After Paul hits the man and the car runs off the road, the hubcap comes off the wheel twice... the second time the wire on the cap is clearly visible. See more »

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[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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There's something fishy in Imboca!
31 January 2005 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Based on two short stories ("Dagon" and "The Shadow Over Innsmouth") by horror author H.P. Lovecraft, Dagon tells the story of Paul Marsh (Ezra Godden), who has just made a bundle of money from stocks. While vacationing on a small boat with his girlfriend, Barbara (Raquel Merono), and an older couple, they run into trouble off the coast of a seemingly deserted, small Spanish fishing town of Imboca. Paul and his Barbara make it to shore to look for help, but things turn from bad to worse as they discover the town's evil secrets.

This is director Stuart Gordon's third Lovecraft related film, after Re-Animator (1985) and From Beyond (1986). All were also at least co-produced by Brian Yuzna and co-written by Dennis Paoli. While I can't say Dagon is the best, it is just as good, finishing as a solid 10 out of 10 for me.

What really puts Dagon over the top early on is the incredible atmosphere that Gordon achieves from the beginning of the film. We see a prologue of sorts with Marsh diving beneath the ocean, coming across bizarre, creepy ruins, and finally running into a beautiful mermaid who just happens to have a set of shark teeth. This turns out to be a dream, but shortly after, it gets even better when our heroes spot the deserted Spanish town and the ominous weather that's quickly approaching.

By the time Paul begins exploring the spooky town, I wanted to spend an eternity there. It has all the atmosphere of Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet's superb Delicatessen (1991), with the addition of creepy, freakish townspeople. The more we learn about everything, the more strange it becomes, until we're finally in the middle of a nightmare that seems like a melding of Federico Fellini, David Cronenberg and Frank Henenlotter--we get visceral horror, captivating dark fantasy, and beautiful surrealism. There couldn't be a much more exquisite mix for my tastes. Don't miss this one.


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