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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ezra Godden ... Paul Marsh
Francisco Rabal ... Ezequiel
Raquel Meroño ... Bárbara
Macarena Gómez ... Uxía Cambarro
Brendan Price ... Howard
Birgit Bofarull 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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Rated R for strong violence/gore, sexuality/nudity and language | See all certifications »

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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:

€4,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$101,273 (Spain), 8 November 2001, Limited Release
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Brian Yuzna was in his car once with his wife, Kathy, and they were stopped by a gunman. Although terrified, Yuzna grabbed the gun and started smacking the guy with it. They ended up fighting, and Kathy started hitting the gunman with her cellphone to get him off Brian. She said "I've got to get a bigger cellphone," hence the use of the line in the film, which the filmmakers felt was representative of heroics of ordinary people. See more »

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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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Ezequiel: No one leave Imboca. People come, but no one leave.
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Cold, Icky and Eerie
21 December 2003 | by GafkeSee all my reviews

I'm not a huge Lovecraft fan. Don't get me wrong, the man was a master - but that's the problem I have with him. He simply wrote too well. His mutant fish fixation has always upset my equilibrium, and his tentacled Monster Gods still give me nightmares. Maybe, as a Pisces, I was subconsciously insulted, I don't know...but I've never sought out either his written works or the films based upon them. So, it was with little enthusiasm that I watched "Dagon" one cold, rainy morning. I wasn't sorry.

This film could probably be easily lost in the deluge of direct-to-video slashers with unimaginative plots and stale gore effects, which is a shame because it is neither stale nor a slasher. Based on a short story (which runs no more than five or six pages, if memory serves me correctly) "Dagon" is a cold, slithery, unnerving tale set in one of those isolated seaside towns that Lovecraft loved so much to write about. A boat accident sends a young couple ashore seeking help for their stranded friends. There have been warnings already, in the shapes of underwater nightmares suffered by the young man; a huge, submerged stone disk, a mermaid with a vampire's mouth, etc. The town's listless inhabitants soon reveal themselves to the terrified young couple - white, slimy gills and fish black eyes make their appearance, and by the time they do, it is too late.

There's a beautiful syren with mesmerizing eyes and an unfortunate case of tentacles, a bloody sacrifice above a stone pit, a sick face-ripping scene, a self-immolation and a twist ending. "Dagon" is hardly a throwaway slasher flick - its a dark, nasty, twisted fairy tale with neither a happy nor an unhappy ending. People with fish phobias probably would do well to steer clear, but this is a very well done little film that deserves better attention.


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