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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Paul Marsh
... Ezequiel
... Bárbara
... Uxía Cambarro
... Howard
Birgit Bofarull ... Vicki
Uxía Blanco ... Madre Ezequiel / Ezequiel's Mother
Ferran Lahoz ... Sacerdote / Priest
Joan Minguell ... Xavier Cambarro
... Capitán Orfeo Cambarro / Captain Orpheus Cambarro
... Recepcionista Hotel
... 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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$101,273 (Spain), 8 November 2001, Limited Release
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In the original plot Howard, Vicki, Paul and Bárbara travel in the boat celebrating the success of their company "dot.com", named after the term and domain name created in 1995 (which in tern is derived from the word "commercial"). Curiously, when Paul returns to the ship looking for Howard and Vicki, it can be seen that the name of the ship is "RedHen.com". See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Paul is the hotel room, he removes the door slide bolt from the dresser and puts it on the door. He only puts one screw on it and its also positioned awkwardly. In the next shoot, there are two screws on the slide bolt with it placed correctly on the door. See more »

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Uxía Cambarro: I still have human feelings.
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Dedicated to Francisco Rabal, a wonderful actor and even better human being. See more »

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A treat for Lovecraft fans
20 June 2002 | by 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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