Dagon

Tag Line : Pray for Us

DagonHP Lovecraft gets adapted again by the same cheeky chappies who gave us Re-Animator and From Beyond. This latest adaptation centres around a young couple, Paul Marsh (Ezra Godden) and his girlfriend Barbara (Raquel Morono), who are enjoying a sailing holiday together when they encounter a freak storm just off the coast of Spain.

Their boat runs aground and so they are forced to head for shore hoping to find help at the nearby fishing village of Imboca. Unfortunately, it isn't too long before they realise there's something else "fishy" going on besides the local industry, as Barbara disappears and Paul soon finds himself being pursued by the deformed villagers.

It turns out that the locals are worshipping the Sea god of Dagon, who has promised them eternal life. As a result, the locals are undergoing hideous transformations into bizarre amphibious lifeforms, who seem to take a grave disliking to outsiders.

Aided by a friendly drunk named Ezequiel (Francisco Rabal), who doesn't whole with the towns aquatic ideals, Paul attempts to find Barbara and escape. Only to come face-to-face with the true horror of the god of Dagon. A gruesome legend that until now has been concealed in the deepest, darkest depths of the oceans...

Overall this is highly enjoyable viewing, and it was refreshing to see something different from the current tirade of Scream-clones. Fans of their previous collaborations, H.P. Lovecraft fans, and main stream horror fans alike should enjoy this immensely. No Jeffrey Coombes this time though.

Overall marks : 6/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Dagon is based on H.P. Lovecraft's short novel Shadow Over Innsmouth.

  • The films budget was $4.8 Million.

  • The movie has been in various stages of production for well over 15 years.

  • The T-Shirt Paul Marsh (Ezra Godden) is wearing in the film says "Miskatonic University", which was the setting for "Re-Animator" and various other HP Lovecraft stories.

  • Brendan Price, who plays Howard, had previously starred in the UK Soap Opera "Emmerdale" playing Bernard McAllister.

  • Director Stuart Gordon, producer Brian Yuzna and Script writer Dennis Paoli had previously collaborated together on "Re-Animator" and "From Beyond", other Lovecraft adaptations. The three have also worked in numerous combinations on the films "Castle Freak", "Pit and the Pendulum" and "Robot Jox".

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