Dagon

 (1,141)6.31 h 38 min2002R
Based on an HP Lovecraft story. A storm runs a boat ashore a strange village. Soon the survivors disappear until only one man is left to face the horrifying true nature of the town.
Directors
Stuart Gordon
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Ezra GoddenFrancisco RabalRaquel Meroño
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Horror
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English [CC]
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Macarena GómezBrendan PriceBirgit BofarullUxía BlancoFerran LahozJoan MinguellAlfredo VillaJosé LifanteJavier SandovalVictor BarreiraFernando GilJorge Luis PérezIgnacio Carreño
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Brian Yuzna
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Lionsgate
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CatReviewed in the United States on July 26, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Dagon Blu Ray: Lionsgate (US) vs Umbrella (Australia) vs 3L Home Entertainment (Germany)
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First of all both the US and Australian blu rays for Dagon are 1080/24p, uncut and region free. Having done a side by side comparison, in terms of picture quality the Australian release is just slightly more detailed as evidenced in e.g. when Paul and Barbara are looking at the laptop screen early in the story, the type is slightly more legible. Similarly textures on buildings and clothing are just a touch more detailed but overall the difference between the two versions is negligible and appear to be struck from the same master and the slight difference may be perhaps due to compression issues from the extensive extras on the US disc. Both discs however are significantly clearer than the German disc (1080/24p and Region B locked) in terms of blacks and colour saturation and framing - the German picture is slightly more zoomed in. The German disc is also cut. All three discs sport solid English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 tracks. The US and Australian releases also have English subtitles whereas the German release does not. Strangely, the Australian release has two English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 tracks: the first one sounds exactly like the Lionsgate track, but the second track is slightly more robust.

In terms of extras the Lionsgate has the most extensive extras including audio commentaries which the other releases do not, but the Australian and German releases have extras the US release does not. Both the US and Australian releases come with different cover art and slipcases. The Australian release also has a printed copy of the original H.P.Lovecraft Dagon short story on the reverse of the inside cover.
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robhartjReviewed in the United States on March 27, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Stuart Gordon passed away the day after I watched this....RIP
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I originally saw this movie back in 2001 as an 8 year old. My older teenaged brother had gotten home from work late at night and he rented the movie. He had no TV in his room and went into me and my other brothers room to watch it with us. It ended up being one of the scariest movies I ever saw. But at that time I didn't know the title because he never showed us the VHS and I didn't catch the title screen at that time. The film stuck with me for years until finally as a teen myself I discovered HP Lovecraft and researched movies based on his work. I came across "Dagon" and put two and two together and after all those years finally found out the title of the film that scared me the most as a child in a good way. But I have to admit I didn't watch the film again even after that UNTIL NOW as a adult during these tough times.

I was reading again at age 26 about HP Lovecraft movies after the amazing 2020 adaptation of 'Colour Out Of Space" starring Nicolas Cage and again rediscovered "Dagon" and ended up ordering the collectors series Blu Ray during the lockdown. I wanted to watch it with my Horror fan parents who I am staying with at these difficult times. But they wanted to watch it days later. So I waited. Finally came Tuesday Night and we watched the remastered movie.

They liked it, I LOVED it even more as an adult after all these years. It is the second best HP Lovecraft adaptation in my opinion after the recent "Color Out of Space". I love Re-animator but I hold this movie above that classic Stuart Gordon film honestly. Even the dated CGI effects that were used minimally in "Dagon" didn't get to me. In fact the appearance of Dagon near the end with CGI actually looked scary even to this day. The film is still as creepy and terrifying as I remembered as a child. Obviously I appreciate and understand it more now. Yes I know this is a adaptation of "Shadow Over Innsmouth" but titling it "Dagon" makes sense since Dagon plays a big part in the story. The humanoid fish people AKA "Deep Ones" are so creepy and so Lovecraftian its insane. The way they walk and the sounds they make still chill me to the core. The lead actor does a great job in a "Ash" from Evil Dead type way. The female leads are also likeable even the gorgeous villainess. The side character Ezequiel is also a standout as he puts everything into perspective for the audience as to what is going on in the scary village. Once the film gets going when they arrive at the village the Lovecraftian elements are relentless. So creepy its unbelievable. Though the Blu Ray remaster looks and sounds great its best to watch this with the subtitles on. I love it and am glad I spent the 30 bucks on it. One of the scariest creepfest movies ever.

Yes the day after I watched it again as an adult the director Stuart Gordon passed away. It was such a shock. But if you're new to the late director and are looking for movies from him to watch I'm pretty sure the most mentioned films are the also great "Re-animator" and "From Beyond" but take it from me. This one is his most loyal and creepy film adaptation of HP Lovecraft. Watch it in the dark with the volume up. Like RL Stine would say "Viewer Beware, you're in for a scare".....
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M. G WatsonReviewed in the United States on November 28, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Imboca: A Great Place to Live (But You Wouldn't Want to Die There)
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A few months ago I met Stuart Gordon at a showing of his film RE-ANIMATOR at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. I enjoy horror movies, but don't generally care for gory ones, and not being all that up on directors I had never heard of Gordon. I was impressed by his calm, confident, earthy manner and the funny anecdotes about shooting RE-ANIMATOR on a rushed schedule and a very low budget. When I got home I looked up his films and, since I was also curious about Lovecraft's work, decided on DAGON. I'm glad I did. This is a surprisingly effective and atmospheric horror movie that knows when to hold back...and when to slap you silly.

The story begins on a boat off the coast of rural Spain. A stock market tycoon named Paul Marsh (Ezra Godden, evidently chosen for his resemblance to Jeffrey Combs) is vacationing with his hot Spanish girlfriend Barbara (Raquel Merono) and their friends Vicki and Howard. Paul has been having weird dreams set underwater and featuring a mysterious but terrifying girl, which distract him and cause him to quarrel with Barbara. A sudden storm drives their boat onto some rocks and injures Vicki, forcing Paul and Barbara to head inland for help. Arriving at the desolate, run-down, storm-swept town of Imboca, they part ways and both rapidly discover that the inhabitants of the town are fishy...literally. Barbara is kidnapped by a mysterious priest (Ferran Lahoz) while Paul escapes a mob of what appear to be only partially human townspeople and encounters an old drunk named Ezequiel (Fransisco Rabaul). Ezequiel, the town's only completely human resident, knows the grisly secret behind the transformations of the townsfolk from peaceable, churchgoing fisherman into monsters who skin outsiders alive and perform gruesome sacrifices to appease a mysterious ocean god: but Paul is more interested in finding his lady love and getting away. When he encounters...literally...the girl of his dreams in town, however, he begins to wonder whether Barbara or the strange, half-human Uxia (Macarena Gomez) is the woman is where his final destiny lies.

DAGON is an unorthodox film. The cast is small, the decayed, doomed, dark-and-stormy night atmosphere is right out of a Resident Evil video game, and it relies very heavily on innuendo and setup rather than gore for its scares...until it doesn't, whereupon it delivers some of the most gruesome moments I've ever seen in a horror film: a man literally flayed alive as he quotes scripture. The CGI is not very good, but is mercifully restrained in favor of solid practical effects in low lighting. Ezra Godden is engaging as the befuddled nerd-hero, though sometimes he seems unsure in what gear he needs to be operating as an actor (this movie doesn't have as much over-the-top black humor as, say, RE-ANIMATOR but there are doses of laughs, some of which aren't really appropriate for the general tenor of the picture). Ferran Lahoz is appropriately loathsome as the evil priest, and both Raquel M. and Macarena G. deliver the goods as love interests on opposite poles of personality -- and humanity. However, the real scene-stealer is the late Fransisco Rabaul, who delivers a memorable and moving performance as the broken-down old drunk who pays an awful price for a sudden burst of late-movie heroism. I believe Rabaul died shortly after production and so this was his last film: if so it was a fitting send-off to a fine actor. The ending of the movie is at once tragic and oddly satisfying, and left me with a feeling that I had found a jewel -- or rather a pearl -- in the ocean of crappy low-budget horror films you find on Netflix and Prime. The best horror generally boils down to "likable people in a bad situation" and that most definitely qualifies here. If you've never seen a Stuart Gordon movie, this isn't a bad place to start, and if you're already a fan, you'll definitely want to check out DAGON.
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Chris E. DimockReviewed in the United States on October 6, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
If you love Lovecraft
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Very creepy movie with great use of practical effects and people in Prosthetics. The story is Shadow over Innsmouth, but set in Spain instead of New England. There are some changes but Dagon is a very good movie and a labor of love by true fans of Lovecraft. You don't find a lot of good Lovecraft movies, but this is definitely in the good category. What really would have made it better would have been Jeffrey Combs as the lead character instead of Ezra Godin. Jeffrey Combs is a much better actor and yes he would have been old for the part but they can do a lot with makeup and Lighting. The acting wasn't always the best in the movie and some of the dialogue was a little off, but Combs would have made this movie even better. I would give it four and a half stars but I'm giving it 5 to combat the trolls.
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Tim F. MartinReviewed in the United States on October 12, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Not a bad film, watch if a Lovecraft fan, though it does have a mermaid that's cool
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Making a good film adaptation of an H.P. Lovecraft movie is hard. This movie tries but doesn’t quite succeed. It’s not bad, it’s very watchable, but not great as either a horror movie or a Lovecraft adaptation, in my opinion just missing the mark. I give it a lot of credit for effort though.

The film is loosely based on Lovecraft’s story “The Shadow Over Innsmouth,” though instead of being set in the creepy coastal New England down of Innsmouth it is set in the creepy coastal Spanish town of Imboca (and is not a period piece story, as this film came out in 2001 and seems to be set at that time). The film centers on the character Paul Marsh (played by Ezra Godden), who starts out the film dreaming of a beautiful mermaid (played by Macarena Gomez) near some mysterious underwater ruins. He wakes up, finding he is back on a sail boat with his girlfriend Barbara (played by Raquel Merono) and their older friends Vicki and Howard.

A sudden storm blows up, the ship wrecks against some rocks, and Vicki is injured. With Howard staying with Vicki, Paul and Barbara go to the seaside village they can easily see from the sail boat by an inflatable boat they have on board. The town appears to be deserted, has a big-time creepy vibe, it is driving rain, but look, in the abandoned church with Strange Symbols, they meet a very helpful priest with webbed hands (!) who offers to stay with Barbara while Paul accompanies some local fishermen in their boat to try and retrieve Vicki and Howard. At that point the four people are in the clutches of the creepy townsfolk, and isn’t long before they are all either on the run or captured (or on the run and captured) in a Lovecraftian town of Deformed Mutant Villagers, a Dark Past, and Demonic Rituals to Summon Otherworldly Monsters.

It isn’t a bad film and it definitely tries. The positives include Ezra Godden’s performance as Paul Marsh, very relatable, believable as an everyman doing his best in strange situation, sometimes scared, often brave, showing real ingenuity, and with plenty of Come On! type moments. There seems to be a real reverence for the Lovecraftian source material (not the racist bits, but the cool monster, creepy town, and dark ritual bits). We see the mermaid again, the actress playing her very beautiful and the role not particularly Lovecraftian but one I rather liked and was much more interesting than I thought it would be. There is a lot of exposition in one scene but I appreciated how it was done in a flashback, so points for that. The creepy, rainy, scary town was well done, perfect for the film. There is some CGI at the end and while it isn’t great it isn’t horrible and we don’t see it long. Some of the make up at times was kind of eh but sometimes it could be quite good. There is a costume in the third act that had strong Big Trouble in Little China vibes and I liked that. A few of the mermaid scenes were actually quite beautiful.

The bad, the movie meanders a lot as Paul gets in and out of trouble in the village in the middle act. Some of the other reviews note bad acting. Some I chalk up to language issues (the actress who played Barbara, Raquel Merono, did not appear to be a native English speaker and I thought did fine but the language issue was there) but the acting I had the most trouble with were the creepy townsfolk, who looked at times like costumed random extras from a suburban residential area press ganged into a movie; they did their best but it wasn’t always great. There were scenes in Spanish and I couldn’t always get an English translation of what was being said, though I don’t recall this ever being enough to make it impossible to follow the overall plot. One character’s accent was extremely thick and I had to turn on subtitles to understand his English at times, though overall I liked the character and the actor. Though overall I liked the Paul Marsh character, the movie seemed to shy away from making him quite as humorous as he could be, almost as if the actor was game and could handle it, but the writer, director pulled back. I don’t think a lot of tweaking would have been needed to make it a more humorous (but not campy) film.

At times the movie could be pretty gory. Also there is a fair amount of female nudity too (rear and topless shots) thought they didn’t seem gratuitous (one in a ritual scene and also some mermaid related toplessness).

Not a bad film. If you are a Lovecraft fan you know it is slim pickings as far as movie adaptations go so I would say check it out. It is also the last film role of Francisco Rabal, an actor who appeared in a number of films including Sorcerer.
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Justin LunettaReviewed in the United States on April 26, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Wish I'd seen this when it came out.
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I've been a Lovecraft fan for a while now, but when this movie initially came out I was mostly unaware of Lovecraft's work. I remember being in college in the early 2000's and seeing this movie on the shelf at FYE and Suncoast . . . I almost bought it a few times, but ultimately ignoring it.
I just watched it recently, and for an old horror movie, it's very solid. The acting is pretty reasonable, it's got good pacing, and there are some fantastic practical effects (including one ABSOLUTELY horrific gore effect that legitimately made me squirm). However, there are a handful of AMAZINGLY dated CGI scenes that really hurt it now. Hence why I feel like If i saw it when it came out, I would have enjoyed it more and been able to ignore the bad CGI over time.

Either way, if you're a Lovecraft fan, it's probably one of the best versions of 'Shadow over Innsmouth' ever.
EinsatzReviewed in the United States on November 18, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
“Every dream is a wish.”
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There was so much potential here that just wasn’t utilized. A lot of the creepiness and dread was undermined by a single performance: Ezra Godden as Paul Marsh. For some bizarre reason, he played his role in a comedic fashion that blunted some of the more horrific aspects of the story. The plot involved a stock market tycoon (Godden) on vacation with his girlfriend and another couple. They get caught in a freak storm offshore of a seemingly deserted fishing village. They are immediately separated, leaving Paul to stumble around trying to evade the fish-like locals while trying to locate his missing girlfriend. He does, however, find the skin of one of his missing friends.

A strange film filled with grotesque imagery and plenty of gore. Nearly perfect.
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Overlord XReviewed in the United States on November 22, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
One of (if not) the best Lovecraft movie.
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The Shadow Over Innsmouth is one of Lovecraft's most popular tales, and is perhaps the most frequently adapted Lovecraft story to be put to film. It was brought to us by Stuart Gordon who also brought us other Lovecraft films like Re-Animator and From Beyond. Due to the film's troubled production, it ended up being made in Spain of all places and the script was altered to reflect that. Despite these changes and a few others such as added female characters and dream sequences, this is probably the most accurate adaptation of Lovecraft story on the big screen that I have personally seen so far. If you love Lovecraft and Gordon's other Lovecraft movies, you'll admire this film for sure.
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