Monday, October 12, 2015

Dagon (2001)

Director: Stuart Gordon

Writers: H.P. Lovecraft, Dennis Paoli

Composer: Carles Cases

Starring: Ezra Godden, Francisco Rabal, Raquel Merono, Macarena Gomez, Brendan Price, Birgit Bofarull, Uxia Blanco, Ferran Lahoz, Joan Minguell

More info: IMDb

Plot:  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.

My rating:6.5/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

If you can let go of the dodgy CGI (it's low budget so I can forgive that) and embrace Paul's (Godden) journey then you'll have a good time. It's mostly Paul on the run trying to escape the monster villagers.  There's some nudity (and quite a lot near the end), gore and beautiful location shooting in Combarro - Galicia - Spain.  It's a neat, old town with oodles of character.  The story moves along at a nice pace and the ending is good and dark.  There's no mistaking that Godden looks like Jeffrey Combs, a longtime collaborator with Gordon.  I guess Combs was too old or unavailable at this point.  The internet says this film was originally going to happen in 1985.  Combs would've have been ready then fresh off of RE-ANIMATOR (1985).  

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