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.



(short stories "Dagon" and "The Shadow Over Innsmouth"), (screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Marsh
Raquel Meroño ...
Uxía Cambarro
Brendan Price ...
Birgit Bofarull ...
Uxía Blanco ...
Madre Ezequiel / Ezequiel's Mother
Ferran Lahoz ...
Sacerdote / Priest
Joan Minguell ...
Xavier Cambarro
Capitán Orfeo Cambarro / Captain Orpheus Cambarro
José Lifante ...
Recepcionista Hotel
Padre Ezequiel / Ezequiel's Father
Victor Barreira ...
Ezequiel Joven / Young Ezequiel
Fernando Gil ...
Sacerdote Católico / Catholic Priest
Jorge Luis Pérez ...
Chico / Boy


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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Release Date:

31 October 2001 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

H.P. Lovecraft's Dagon  »

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€4,200,000 (estimated)

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Is based on the story "The Shadow Over Innsmouth" by H.P. Lovecraft. The movie has been in various stages of production for well over 15 years. See more »


When the storm is approaching towards the ship, the sky gets dark quickly, but in other shots the sky is clearly blue and with a bright sun. See more »


[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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A treat for Lovecraft fans
20 June 2002 | by (Pacific Northwest) – See all my reviews

Dagon was the first horror movie I've seen in a few years that both had a good plot and kept me on the edge of my seat. After reading most of H.P. Lovecraft's short stories on which this movie was based, I can safely say that this is the only movie based on Lovecraft that is true to the atmosphere and plot structure of his stories. The special effects are not overdone and there is minimal (and yet effective) "splatter," unlike the movie "Necronomicon," which is also based on Lovecraft. The horror and suspense of the movie relies on xenophobia, fear of the strange and unknown, and this plays into the movie's surprise ending where the hero must question his own path.

I'd also like to add that this movie was filmed in a coastal village in Galicia, Spain, and the scenery is both realistic and haunting.

All in all, this movie should be a pleasure to both fans of H.P. Lovecraft and the horror genre.

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