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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
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The chant by the locals at the sacrificial ceremony near the end, "Iä! Iä! Cthulhu fhtagn!" appears in many H.P. Lovecraft tales, shouted by followers of the Old Ones. See more »
When Paul is trying to escape in the car and hits one of the villagers in the road, the man is yanked back, (by an obvious harness), before the car even touches him. See more »
Before you came, there had been no sacrifices for a year. Dagon needs her.
Yes, and their child will be immortal!
Yeah, but there's a catch. It has to live the rest of its life as some kind of half-ass fish of the sea.
In joy, with Dagon!
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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 »
Dagon: Everything a Lovecraft adaptation should be
I love Lovecrafts work, I grew up with them and yes I'm fully aware that's probably not the best reading material for the young!
It's prime material for movie adaptations, but they always tend to be terrible. Sure there have been exceptions like Necronomicon (1993) and the Re-Animator franchise but for the most part they've been plain awful.
Dagon is a rare exception and is fantastic on near every level. Spanish made it tells the story of two couples of after a boating accident are forced to seek help at a nearby island which holds a horrific secret.
Cue the great visuals, strong performances and a near flawless story. I watched this immediatly upon release and have thankfully had the chance to watch it multiple times since then. It's a pure unadulterated horror nightmare which I think is highly underrated.
It looks Lovecraft, it feels Lovecraft, it IS Lovecraft.
Mostly loyal to the source material
Could have done with being a tad longer
Things I Learnt From This Movie:
Proof! The problem is the filmmakers not the material
Movies are just better with tentacles
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