DAGON (Classic Film Review)


“”We shall swim out to that brooding reef in the sea and dive down through black abysses to Cyclopean and many columned Y’ha-nthlei, and in that lair of the Deep Ones we shall dwell amidst wonder and glory for ever.” – H.P. Lovecraft.

I adore Lovecraft. Have I told you that already? I probably have. But it is true. I adore Lovecraft. I personally think that he was the best horror/sci-fi short story writer of the 20th century. His work has inspired so many writers, musicians, game makers, and film creators -and will continue to do so for ages to come.

Now today we look at one of the most interesting films inspired by this brilliant man. Today we look at the 2001, Spanish horror film, “Dagon.”

Now I am certain that a few of you are concerned that this is a Spanish horror film and thus is in Spanish (Who knew Spaniards spoke Spanish? -Ed); but rest assured the film is in English for the most part. In fact it involved a number of American and British film people, actors and crew. Thus those of you that fear reading subtitles can rest easy. You’ll get no subtitles here.

The film is centred around a group of friends that embark on an ocean voyage off the Spanish coast. Unfortunately for them they are hit by a storm and are forced to seek help and shelter on an isolated island. There they fall foul of the local inhabitants and their mystic “Order of Dagon.”

FUN FACT: Paul (The protagonist) is seen wearing a Miskatonic University t-shirt. Now Miskatonic University was created by Lovecraft, and was also the set of Stuart Gordon’s (The film’s maker) other Lovecraft film “Re-Animator” (1985), which is also based off of a Lovecraft story. Re-Animator is the only “true” full length Lovecraftian film made thus far.

I want that throne. And that head-piece. And a hot squid-wife. Also, cake.

The film is based off of one of Lovecraft’s most amazing stories “The Shadows Over Innsmouth.” And although the film shy’s away from a lot of the literal work, it is still full of interesting special effects, wonderful characters, ghostly creatures, and vast amounts of thrills, spills and gory horror. It’s quite a fun and gory film for any horror fan.

Now there is a lot more going on in this film than I’ve mentioned, but I do not feel like taking away all the haunting discoveries from you, oh dear viewer. Instead I will tell you this: Dagon is not the best horror film ever made, nor is it the worst. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and even though it may be dated now; but it has aged like fine wine. Fine wine full of squid monsters; but fine wine nonetheless.

“You will go soon to a beautiful place. You will forget your world and your friends. There will be no time, no end, no today, no yesterday, no tomorrow – only the forever and forever, and forever without end. It is your fate. It is your destiny.” -Uxía Cambarro. (Dagon)

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