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  • Actors: Ezra Godden, Francisco Rabal, Raquel Meroño, Macarena Gómez, Brendan Price
  • Directors: Stuart Gordon
  • Writers: Dennis Paoli, H.P. Lovecraft
  • Producers: Brian Yuzna, Carlos Fernández, Julio Fernández, Miguel Torrente
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Galician, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Metrodome Distribution
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Oct. 2002
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006JI47
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,861 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Paul (Ezra Godden) and his girlfriend Barbara (Raquel Rabal) are on a boating holiday off the coast of Spain. Following an accident they pitch up at the small village of Imboca to seek assistance. But there is something strange about the people of the town and, as night falls, Paul finds himself the target of occult worshippers. Will Imboca's darker secret envelope both Paul and Barbara or can they find a way to evade the ancient god of the sea, Dagon?

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With Dagon, director Stuart (Re-Animator) Gordon returns once more to author HP Lovecraft, this time for an adaptation of the novella The Shadow Over Innsmouth, with the setting switched from the coast of New England to the creepy Spanish fishing village of Inboca. After a sudden storm and a yacht-wreck, a bespectacled and bewildered Paul Marsh (Ezra Gooden) finds himself stranded in the literally fishy town, which has thrown over Catholicism to devote itself to the worship of the Philistine sea-god Dagon. His influence means that the inhabitants are transforming into pop-eyed, tentacled and gilled creatures.

Though Gooden perhaps strikes too strident a note to convince as an everyday guy, director Gordon orchestrates the rising terrors well. These range from a supremely damp and uncomfortable hotel room through an impressive flashback about the rise of the Esoteric Order of Dagon to some sinister business with a mad-eyed mermaid (Macarena Gomez), human sacrifice and nasty surprises all round. Unfortunately, Gordon still can't quite distinguish between acceptably gruesome and downright nasty, especially when it comes to disposing of secondary female characters. On the plus side, Dagon boasts an excellent score, which even tries to set to music some of Lovecraft's invented language ("Ia Ia Cthulhu fh'tagn"). --Kim Newman

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For all of you Lovecraft fans, this is Your movie. The maker of "Re-Animator comes" back and tackles the Lovecraftian mythos with brilliance. Paul marsh, his wife and a couple of friends are sailing off the coast of Spain. When an eerie storm wrecks their boat, they hear in the distance a strange chant coming from the village. After one gets hurt, they decide to try and get help from the little village of Imboca which, apparently seems deserted except for a few very odd and seemingly deformed villagers. Very rapidly, Paul is seperated from everybody and slowly descends into the horror of Imboca's secret... This is an adaptation of "Shadow over Insmouth" and it's Very creepy, just the way the lovecraftian stories were supposed to be. A brilliant horror movie with chills guaranteed. Not to be watched alone... BEST ADAPTATION OF A LOVECRAFT MOVIE EVER, BETTER THAN "IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS"!!! First movie ever with the infamous chant : "Ia! Ia! Chtulhu Ftagn!". And the score is brilliant !
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Stuart Gordon's Dagon is a surprisingly excellent bit of Lovecraftian horror, although it feels at times like the offspring of one of Corman's Poe adaptations via a very wet Wicker Man as Ezra Godden finds himself in a rain-soaked fishing village in Spain where the locals have long since abandoned the Christian God for the ancient pagan one Dagon in return for gold and fish. Unfortunately, the side-effect of three generations of devotion is that they're all mutating into sea creatures and have a tendency to wear the faces of those stray humans who stumble across them and get skinned alive or mated with Dagon for their troubles... It may sound cheesy, but while it's not particularly frightening it's played with a commendable straight face and plenty of atmosphere. It's just a shame the writers got a little too obsessive about having the hero talking about binary systems.

The UK DVD lacks the audio commentaries, storyboards and production sketches on the US DVD but does include a featurette not on that disc as well as the trailer.
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To take a cue from the late great Douglas Adams - when you watch this make sure you have a towel to hand. You will need to keep rubbing yourself down with something warm and fluffy. It may go part way towards dealing with the sort of dank damp ickiness that is a sure sign that deep ones are lurking in the screenplay.

This film, contrary to its title, is not a cinematic rendering of Lovecraft's short story, Dagon. It is a loose, though atmospherically faithful, adaptation of a longer work, The Shadow over Innsmouth which originally had far more bus journey in it and far less Cape Fear, which to my mind is a very obvious influence in the film. Filming The Shadow over Innsmouth straight may well have turned out as a sort of Midnight Cowboy with tentacles, which would not have had the same impact as the atmosphere-building boat trip introduction that this finely creepy film finally went with, solving THE major problem quite elegantly.

THE major problem is that Lovecraft does not adapt easily to a visual format. His work largely relies on variations of the terrified narrator device, and in his books it is very rare to glimpse outright any of the horror that is so horrible that it invariably sends he who glimpses it directly - I.e. the narrator, usually, or someone leaving the narrator a letter - stark raving mad. Here we run straight into the Film Censorship Board Paradox - Its impossuble to depict something that WILL deprave, corrupt or drive the beholder insane by explicitly showing a film audience That Which Mortal Man May Not Gaze Upon.
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With The Shadow Over Innsmouth being very possibly my favourite Lovecraft short story, I must say that I was a little apprehensive before watching this film. The film does indeed stick fairly close to the original short story (not the actually the short entitled 'Dagon'), and Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator) shows his love for make-up and sickening gore once again. Unfortunetly, as too often these days, Stuart has opted for CGI in places within the film which does taken the edge off the 'nasty' aspect of the movie. But at the end of the day I came away impressed and happy that the film had done the short story justice. Now that it's at budget price, I highly recommend a purchase!
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This is another horror based on a classic HP Lovecraft story directed by Re-animators Stuart Gordon, a very strange story about a group of people on a boat who end up on a strange island after an accident, this is no ordinary island as all of the people there are worshipers of Dagon a weird sea creature, this is a very strange horror and quite unique at the same time, there are some pretty gross gore moments and some CGI effects that are a tad on the low budget size but if youre a horror fan this is certainly one to check out.
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By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Jan. 2011
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I am by no means an expert at the horror genre, unlike many of my fellow reviewers. DAGON starts with the usual elements of a "couple in danger" horror film in which several outsiders go into unknown territory and get picked off by the locals. It is important that the outsiders are daft as a brush and include some screamers. In this case the "hero" is an excellent example of the American abroad; unable to speak the language, given to making threats and complaints despite it being obvious to us that he's on a hiding to nothing. We have been enjoying these lambs to the slaughter since Brad and Janet first met Rocky Horror. In this case the horror is very credibly sketched in true Lovecraftian style; the end being especially creepy (and yes there had been a clue if I had but thought on it). The sets were marvellously damp, the piscine deformities well sketched and the air of constant flight well handled. The CGI might not have been totally successful with everyone but it was not bad either.
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