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
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A "volcanic upheaval" could not bring part of the ocean floor to the surface as is described here- this was written before the theories of continental drift and later plate tectonics were fully accepted by scientists. On the other hand, while semiologists have yet to find anything quite like in the story, Lovecraft was correct in assuming that the ocean would be a real-life Eldritch Location full of bizarre creatures. Of course, the narrator himself is not quite sure it happened, and no one can find any signs of the island. It is vaguely suggested that, as Lovecraft was wont, it is a mixture of dream and reality. "Volcanic upheaval" is, perhaps not unreasonable for the time, just the only explanation that the narrator can come up with. See more »
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 »
Once he was young, and rich, and handsome - for a man. He brought women to Imboca. Outsiders. Your mother.
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Dedicated to Francisco Rabal, a wonderful actor and even better human being. See more »
German version was edited by approx. 20 seconds to secure a "Not under 18" rating. See more »
Four pleasure boaters are shipwrecked near a Spanish fishing village. At first glad to be so close to a town, the boaters soon discover that the village is full of freaky deformed people who worship a bizarre and evil sea-religion. Soon the villagers turn on the outsiders, and the perverse and horrible tale of the village's decline becomes clear.
I recommend this film to those who like cheap horror. It has all of the important elements of a B horror film: weird monsters, creepy people, unclothed damsels, exciting chases, gore, and a twist ending.
In addition, this movie has a really weird plot, stolen from Lovecraft's short story "The Shadow Over Innsmouth." If you like literary puns, you will enjoy the fact that our heroes become stranded in the Spanish town of Inboca. So, this movie is a lot more original than 90% of the horror out there. It isn't as scary as it is gross, weird and obscene. That is as the original author would have wanted it! Also, "Dagon" is notable for having the best human sacrifice scene since "Lair of the White Worm."
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