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Dagon (2001)

Cast: Ezra Godden, Ezra Godden, Francisco Rabal, more...
Director: Stuart Gordon, Stuart Gordon
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Studio: Lions Gate
Genre: Foreign, Horror, Supernatural/Occult, Spain
Running Time: 98 min.
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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The nightmares of Paul Marsh (Ezra Godden), a successful businessman, are haunted by a mermaid that neither he nor his beautiful girlfriend, Barbara (Raquel Merono), can figure out. While on a boating vacation off the Spanish shore, a sudden storm sends their sailboat crashing into the rocks, causing Paul and Barbara to paddle to the nearby fishing village for help. But the village is inhabited by a race of people who are half-human/half-fish, and the time has come for them to sacrifice humans to their monstrous leader, Dagon. Not only that, but Paul's nightmares become horrifying reality when he encounters beautiful and passionate Uxia (Macarena Gomez), the mermaid of his visions, and boy does she have a surprise for him besides the double tentacles under her skirt. ~ Buzz McClain, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Old-Fashioned, Creepy Fun by talltale September 3, 2004 - 9:16 AM PDT
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
DAGON is doggone fun! What a treat to see a really old-fashioned horror/monster movie again, with decent special effects (no big thing these days) but also with a rich, multi-layered story that takes its time to instill all the creepiness and horror we aficionados love. There is also, in one particular scene, beaucoup blood and gore--plus a surprisingly moving rendition of the 23rd Psalm! In fact, DAGON comes as close to the best of some of the 60s Hammer "horrors" as anything I've seen in quite awhile. Director Stuart Gordon has really done himself proud here, and so have the rest of the mostly Spanish cast and crew, including old-time star Fernando Rey, whose last film this evidently was. Add this one (which never made it to theatrical release in the States, as far as I know) to your queue. I don't think you'll be sorry, despite a couple of bad reviews from fellow members....

Why doesn't this film work...?! by Emomovieluver February 21, 2003 - 2:17 PM PST
3 out of 4 members found this review helpful
When I first heard director Stuart Gordon was reteaming with producer Brian Yuzna for another H.P Lovecraft adaptation, I was excited. For me, almost all of Gordon's genre films are "must-sees" though "Dagon" doesn't at all live up to what the pair did with "Re-Animator" or "From Beyond". Though there's a shockingly graphic stmoach-churning scene that rivals the nastiness of a Hannibal Lector atrocity, that's about all "Dagon" will be remembered for. It's a major surprise to think that this was originally conceaved in any way from the mind of one of the most celebrated horror authors of all time. Though the main male actors are functional, the luscious first-time female leads, Raquel Merono and (Heeey!!!!) Macarena Gomez, are stand-outs and prove most memorable. Of the two running audio commentary tracks, Gordon's and screenwriter Paoli's is the most insightful.

So much potential so little talent - disappointing! by minordv8 February 19, 2003 - 12:03 PM PST
5 out of 6 members found this review helpful
I was incredibly disappointed in the result of Stuart Gordon's latest attempt to expliot another H.P. Lovecraft's story. Re-animator was a great film that really had little relation to the Lovecraft story but it was a well acted and well paced horror film. Dagon is anything but a well acted or well paced film. The attempts to establish the character, Paul as the reluctant hero of the story fails miserably due to both the flat dialog of the script and the awkward performance of Ezra Godden.

The story itself showed hints of an interesting concept. The expatriate who returns to his homeland unaware of his true ancestry only to discover that a cult order is lying in wait for him and his friends. But the film really snags in so many places as the story continues. This film is something I would expect to see as a USA network T.V. Movie. The low budget was evident in the camera-work, special effects and makeup. I couldn't recommend this movie to my dog!

Favorite scenes:
The sacrifice of Barbara to Dagon. Yikes! boobies and stumps!
The final sequence, both because it was an interesting digital animation and because it meant that the film was finished. Whew!

Worst scenes: - NEW!
Any that involved Ezra Godden trying to act! (Jeeze, who did this guy f**k to get in this movie?)
Any other scene that involved any of the other "actor."

Movies with similar themes:
Gilligan's Island - the Movie.

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