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Dagon (2001)

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.

Director:

Stuart Gordon

Writers:

H.P. Lovecraft (short stories "Dagon" and "The Shadow Over Innsmouth"), Dennis Paoli (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ezra Godden ... Paul Marsh
Francisco Rabal ... Ezequiel
Raquel Meroño ... Bárbara
Macarena Gómez ... Uxía Cambarro
Brendan Price ... Howard
Birgit Bofarull ... Vicki
Uxía Blanco Uxía Blanco ... Madre Ezequiel
Ferran Lahoz Ferran Lahoz ... Sacerdote
Joan Minguell Joan Minguell ... Xavier Cambarro
Alfredo Villa ... Capitán Orfeo Cambarro
José Lifante ... Recepcionista Hotel
Javier Sandoval ... Padre Ezequiel
Victor Barreira Victor Barreira ... Ezequiel Joven
Fernando Gil Fernando Gil ... Sacerdote Católico
Jorge Luis Pérez Jorge Luis Pérez ... Chico
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Storyline

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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Director Stuart Gordon and screenwriter Dennis Paoli originally planned on making this film in 1985. See more »

Goofs

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

Paul Marsh: What happen with all people in this town?
Ezequiel: They're changing. Changing to go into the sea.
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Dedicated to Francisco Rabal, a wonderful actor and even better human being. See more »

Alternate Versions

German version was edited by approx. 20 seconds to secure a "Not under 18" rating. See more »

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A charming diversion.
20 May 2002 | by goodellaaSee all my reviews

This movie is based more on "The Shadow Over Innsmouth", "The Festival" or "The Stange High House in th Mist" than on "Dagon". Still, this sort of strange tale tends to fall into a certain pattern and if you enjoy this movie, you may find that you like Lovecraft's tales also. This movie captures the atmosphere of many of these stories and presents some of their weird concepts as well as any I have seen. It also plays sort of like an adventure serial, so it dosn't hurt that the hero is played in the manner of Harold Lloyd. There is plenty of comedy and gruesomeness, and the question of whether human self-determination or monstrous outside forces are stronger gets asked, in a nice graphic, non-preachy way. My only complaints are the "orchestral crash" which accompanies some of the shock effects, and the fact that aside from one showing in Hollywood two days ago, this movie seems destined only to be seen on the small screen in North America!


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Country:

Spain

Language:

English | Gallegan | Spanish

Release Date:

31 October 2001 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

H.P. Lovecraft's Dagon See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR4,200,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$145,046
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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