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Dagon

R 2001 1h 34m Horror List
69% Tomatometer 13 Reviews 56% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings
Paul Marsh (Ezra Godden) is yachting on the Spanish coast with three companions when a freak storm causes their boat to founder on the rocks. Paul goes to a nearby village to get assistance, as two of his friends have been trapped in the boat's wreckage. He notices that the locals seem odd, and their behavior grows increasingly strange. When Paul begins seeing a mermaid (Macarena Gómez) who has appeared in his nightmares, he realizes that the fearful world of his dreams is now a reality. Read More Read Less
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Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle Rated: 3/5 Jul 12, 2002 Full Review Matthew Rozsa matthewrozsa.com The only reason this review describes "Dagon" as "one of the scariest movies ever made," instead of as "the scariest movie ever made," is because I haven't seen every film. Rated: 3.5/4 Jun 28, 2020 Full Review Grant Watson Fiction Machine Gordon knows what his audience wants, and time and again he proves a deft hand at giving it to them. Rated: 7/10 Oct 21, 2019 Full Review Ian White Starburst For our money, Dagon is very possibly the best Lovecraft movie produced so far (we're overlooking Carpenter's underrated In The Mouth of Madness because that was only tentatively inspired by Lovecraft's mythos). Rated: 9/10 Aug 15, 2018 Full Review Jeffrey M. Anderson Combustible Celluloid Dagon isn't as outright funny as Gordon's Re-Animator or From Beyond, but it has moments of spunkiness to puncture the incredible strangeness of it all. Rated: 3/4 Jul 27, 2018 Full Review Pablo Villaça Cinema em Cena Uma histria absurda que consegue gerar alguns bons momentos de tenso (especialmente em sua primeira metade, quando ainda no sabemos para onde o filme est caminhando). Rated: 3/5 Mar 24, 2006 Full Review Read all reviews

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John C ‘Dagon’ is one of those films where I watch and yet still can’t really make up my mind about. I didn’t hate it. It has its good points, yet overall there didn’t really seem like there was enough story to flesh it out (even to its quite average ninety minute runtime). It’s about an American couple whose boat gets shipwrecked off a remote Spanish island. When they get to shore they find the locals are hardly the hospitable types. It kind of reminded me of ‘The Wicker Man,’ i.e. outsiders who are up against the whole of a town. My main problem with the film was that very little happens. Once the couple arrive on the island, they’re quickly separated and we’re left with just the man. Pretty much the whole of the middle part of the film is him being chased from one dark and creepy location to the next. He’s all on his own and doesn’t really have anyone to interact with, therefore we don’t really get to know him that well and know that he’s going to make it out of each area, simply because the film would end if he didn’t. He does meet one local, but the old man talks with such a strong accent I actually had to put the subtitles on to understand him! Seriously, if you were watching Dagon on DVD, you could skip a few chapters in the middle and you wouldn’t miss anything ‘story-wise,’ just a few creepy scenes here and there. The atmosphere is one of the plus points. The story is nicely creepy and the monsters are well done. It’s just a pity not much happens for the majority of the movie. The last act is a bit more dramatic and they’ve saved some of the best gore for last, but it’s too little too late to turn what could have elevated an okay film to a really classic one. Bottom line, it’s okay, but because there’s so little story, I probably wouldn’t watch it again because I can remember everything about it. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 06/23/24 Full Review Audience Member Prolly the best interpretation of shadow over Innsmouth we're getting! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 06/19/24 Full Review Pepe Silvia P A fun horror movie based on the story, "The Shadow Over Innsmouth". Goofy acting, but thats the charm of the movie and why I love it. I liked the premise of a small town thats hiding something. It seems Resident Evil 4 borrowed from this movie during the village section at the start of the game. Only downside are the CGI effects. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/30/24 Full Review Logan T Yes there's some pretty crumby CGI and at times campy acting and clunky script but Dagons atmosphere and Gordon's direction sets you up for a crazy ride and is one of my favourite B horror movies ever Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/08/24 Full Review DUB B Part enjoyable and part stupid. Acting is terrible but the premise and the plot is quite good. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 09/17/23 Full Review Jonas M Very entertaining film, slightly based on H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu and Dagon, which I'm already a huge fan of anyway. Movie was extremely atmospheric and that Goméz who played Uxia Cambarro was tasty even with tentacles. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/13/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Paul Marsh (Ezra Godden) is yachting on the Spanish coast with three companions when a freak storm causes their boat to founder on the rocks. Paul goes to a nearby village to get assistance, as two of his friends have been trapped in the boat's wreckage. He notices that the locals seem odd, and their behavior grows increasingly strange. When Paul begins seeing a mermaid (Macarena Gómez) who has appeared in his nightmares, he realizes that the fearful world of his dreams is now a reality.
Director
Stuart Gordon
Producer
Julio Fernández, Brian Yuzna, Llorenç Miquel
Screenwriter
H.P. Lovecraft, Dennis Paoli
Rating
R (Sexuality|Nudity|Language|Strong Gore|Strong Violence)
Genre
Horror
Original Language
English
Release Date (Streaming)
Oct 7, 2014
Runtime
1h 34m
Sound Mix
Surround
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