Dagon (2001) - Review, Rating and Synopsis

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  • Release Date:  2001
  • Genre:  Fanatism, Neo-monsters
  • Cast and crew: Ezra Godden, Francisco Rabal, Raquel Meroño, Macarena Gómez, Brendan Price, Birgit Bofarull, Uxía Blanco, Ferran Lahoz, Joan Minguell, Alfredo Villa, José Lifante, Javier Sandoval, Victor Barreira, Fernando Gil, Jorge Luis Pérez
  • Director:  Stuart Gordon
  • Screenwriter:  Dennis Paoli, H.P. Lovecraft

Dagon (2001) Rating:

  • Dylan = 7 / 10;
  • Eloise = 7 / 10;
  • Raoul = 5.5 / 10;
  • IMDb = 6.3 / 10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 6.4 / 10;

Dagon (2001) Synopsis:

Following the wrack of their boat, two couples get stranded on an island where people pray to a strange god of the sea named Dagon.

Dagon (2001) Review:

As for many of Stuart Gordon’s movies, Dagon is inspired by a couple of short stories by H.P. Lovecraft, namely Dagon and The Shadow Over Innsmouth.

The plot, people landing on an island filled with hostile fish-like humanoids, is really basic and one can feel that the film was inspired by short stories. However, the dreadful atmosphere of the fisherman village is really successfully recreated. Everything is dirty, wet and slimy; including the inhabitants themselves and the dark and strange ambiance of a Lovecraft, the book is well transposed here.

Despite a relatively decent budget, the movie tends to look like a low-budget flick. The special effects, a mix of terribly fake CGI and funny makeup, are some of the worst ones I ever saw. The acting is really bad but whereas this would be a problem in most movies, here it seems to give a certain charm to it. Whether it is due to these special effects, or the acting, or whether it is intentional or not, the film is quite comical at times. The personality of the main character and the tone of the movie unmistakably remind of Ash in the Evil Dead series.


In conclusion, this is not a great film, but a fun one to watch, it has some cool (but poorly realized) monsters and a great atmosphere

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