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Dagon (2001)

A boating accident runs a young man and woman ashore in a decrepit Spanish fishing town which they discover is in the grips of an ancient sea god and its monstrous half human offspring.

Director:

Stuart Gordon

Writers:

H.P. Lovecraft (short stories "Dagon" and "The Shadow Over Innsmouth"), Dennis Paoli (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ezra Godden ... Paul Marsh
Francisco Rabal ... Ezequiel
Raquel Meroño ... Bárbara
Macarena Gómez ... Uxía Cambarro
Brendan Price ... Howard
Birgit Bofarull Birgit Bofarull ... Vicki
Uxía Blanco Uxía Blanco ... Madre Ezequiel
Ferran Lahoz Ferran Lahoz ... Sacerdote
Joan Minguell Joan Minguell ... Xavier Cambarro
Alfredo Villa ... Capitán Orfeo Cambarro
José Lifante ... Recepcionista Hotel
Javier Sandoval ... Padre Ezequiel
Victor Barreira Victor Barreira ... Ezequiel Joven
Fernando Gil Fernando Gil ... Sacerdote Católico
Jorge Luis Pérez Jorge Luis Pérez ... Chico
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Storyline

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... Written by Friday Jones <friday@fridayjones.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence/gore, sexuality/nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Spain

Language:

English | Gallegan | Spanish

Release Date:

31 October 2001 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

H.P. Lovecraft's Dagon See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€4,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$101,273 (Spain), 8 November 2001, Limited Release
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The name of the cursed town is Inboca or "Imboca" (according to Spanish language rules). Boca means mouth in Spanish, so translating and adding an "S", you get In-s-mouth, the original name of the town created by H.P. Lovecraft for his "Shadow over Innsmouth" story. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Paul is the hotel room, he removes the door slide bolt from the dresser and puts it on the door. He only puts one screw on it and its also positioned awkwardly. In the next shoot, there are two screws on the slide bolt with it placed correctly on the door. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Uxía Cambarro: Pablo, it is your destiny.
Paul Marsh: You stay away! I'll kill you all! I'll burn this fucking town to the ground!
Uxía Cambarro: We had different mothers, but the same father. We are children of Dagon.
Paul Marsh: You're a bunch of freaks. A bunch of fucking freaks!
Uxía Cambarro: Your dreams. Remember your dreams, Pablo. They brought you here.
Paul Marsh: No. They were nightmares. They weren't real.
Uxía Cambarro: Every dream is a wish.
Paul Marsh: [Paul collapses] Somebody help me! What's happening to me?
Uxía Cambarro: You are my brother. You will be my lover - forever.
[...]
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Crazy Credits

Dedicated to Francisco Rabal, a wonderful actor and even better human being. See more »

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Version of The Cthulhu Chronicles: The Ropes (2004) See more »

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A treat for Lovecraft fans
20 June 2002 | by frojavigdisSee all my reviews

Dagon was the first horror movie I've seen in a few years that both had a good plot and kept me on the edge of my seat. After reading most of H.P. Lovecraft's short stories on which this movie was based, I can safely say that this is the only movie based on Lovecraft that is true to the atmosphere and plot structure of his stories. The special effects are not overdone and there is minimal (and yet effective) "splatter," unlike the movie "Necronomicon," which is also based on Lovecraft. The horror and suspense of the movie relies on xenophobia, fear of the strange and unknown, and this plays into the movie's surprise ending where the hero must question his own path.

I'd also like to add that this movie was filmed in a coastal village in Galicia, Spain, and the scenery is both realistic and haunting.

All in all, this movie should be a pleasure to both fans of H.P. Lovecraft and the horror genre.


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