Dagon (2001) Movie Review

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Dagon (2001)

2001 | R | Horror, Thriller, Mystery, Fantasy
95 minutes / 1h 35min

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Dagon Plot Synopsis:

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...

Dagon (2001) Review

Dagon (2001) is a rated R 1h 38 min Spanish fantasy mystery horror film that was shot in Castellbisbal, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain and in Combarro, Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain. Dagon’s plot was loosely based on H. P. Lovecraft‘s novel, The Shadow Over Innsmouth and not based on his earlier story in 1919 titled, Dagon. Dagon was dedicated to actor Francisco Rabal before the credits because he died shortly after the movie was finished filming.

Director Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator (1985), Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989), From Beyond (1986), Stuck (2007)) did an incredible job executing this gut-wrenching film with a gray atmosphere giving it a morbid feel. The pace of the movie was awesome as well as the shots and the scares got me pretty good. Stuart’s take on Gore was gruesome and gory with him having people wearing human skin as a mask and not forgetting the bloody stabbings, ripped arms and an agonizing live skinning.

The movie contains intense violence, gore, suspense, sexual content, nudity in the unedited version, bad language, graphic images, gruesome content (men skinned alive, etc.) and brother-sister relations.

Two couples had no choice but to flee to a nearby fishing village after a violent storm crosses path with him while they were celebrating on a sailboat. The couples did not take long to discover that things in the fishing village are strange as the town folks worship Dagon which is a sea god and mutates into human/fish creature. The film immediately captured my undivided attention with its storyline and gripping visuals. To sum it up, the film is one long chase sequence that always is on the go and keeps us entertained although it felt a little redundant at times. I love that the suspense was there and I could not figure out what was going to happen next.

Dagon had potential but was short of more fleshed out characters, a slightly better script, and the main lead that anchor the film. The movie, however, did not stray away from treating us with more than enough horror treats which was unsettling for the most of it in a good way. All Lovecraft fans should not miss this movie because it was an almost honest adaptation of the book/novel.

The music was on point and never failed from flowing well with the movie/scenes. Some of the gore scenes were hard to watch because it was too gross for my stomach to endure. The stunts were done amazingly well and also the few solid scares along with the daring plot twists. All of the actors gave us excellent performances but Ezra Gordon who plays Paul had a not so good script to work with, but he still pulled off a great acting job. Raquel Moreno who plays Barbara gave us a realistic performance that felt real and honest.

  • Dagon Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 7
  • Overall Score: 6.58
  • IMDB: 6.3
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 6.4

About Dagon 2001

Title: Dagon
Year: 2001
Runtime: 95 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery, Fantasy
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.29/5 stars from 14,611 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 14,611
MPAA Rating: R
Dagon Cast Starring: Richard Stanley, Javier Sandoval, Ferran Lahoz, Macarena Gómez, Macarena Gómez, Ignacio Carreño, Diego Herberg, Óscar García, José Manuel Torres, José Lifante, Lydia González, Lydia Bosse, Ezra Godden, Joan Manel Vadell, Francisco Rabal, Ignacio Carreño, Raquel Meroño, José Lifante, Brendan Price, Raquel Meroño, Birgit Bofarull, Uxía Blanco, Joan Minguell, Uxía Blanco, Alfredo Villa, Jorge Luis Pérez, Victor Barreira, Óscar García, Fernando Gil, José Manuel Torres
Dagon Writers: H.P. Lovecraft, Dennis Paoli
Dagon Director: Stuart Gordon
Production: LionsGate Entertainment
Language: English, Gallegan, Spanish
Country: Spain