“Dagon” Lovecraft Movie Review

“You cannot care for her. You do not dream of her! 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.” There’s something delightfully cheesy about Stuart Gordon Lovecraft adaptations, they aren’t usually very accurate to the source material but they’re almost always memorable. In “Dagon” we have all the tropes of these films- a nerd as our protagonist, goofy but oddly appealing special effects, a script that’s just sleazy enough and a really strange setting.

The plot of “Dagon” comes off like a really demented version of the Tom Hanks romantic comedy “Splash”. A young man named Paul is in a boating accident somewhere off the Spanish Coast. He goes to a nearby village to get help. The locals are pretty weird, having an almost fish-like appearance-“webbed fingers, bulging eyes, the whole lot. Paul becomes separated from his friends and the locals begin chasing him (about half of the movie is a chase scene between Paul and the fish people). In one of the houses he comes across a strange woman who looks just like a mermaid he’s been seeing in his dreams. She attempts to seduce him and he’s horrified to realize her legs are two long tentacles. Paul runs away and eventually finds his friends, unfortunately they don’t survive very long. It’s been a year since the human-fish hybrids have made a sacrifice to their dark god Dagon. It turns out the mermaid from earlier is a high priestess of the strange cult of Dagon and has selected Pauls lover as an offering to Dagon. Paul fails in his effort to save his girlfriend and is horrified to find out he is the half-brother of the mermaid high priestess. as they both share the same father, the fish god Dagon. Paul attempts to light himself on fire but his sister drags him under the waves. Paul is surprised to find that he can breathe under water and the two swim deep into the dark abyss in the incestuous romantic climax to the film.

I enjoyed this movie, it really is the perfect popcorn horror flick. As far as music go it was appropriate for every scene but it never really stood out. The Practical effects were decent but there is some really crappy looking CGI that temporarily takes you out of the movie. This is not an appropriate film for children, there’s plenty of gore and some sexual content on screen, “Dagon” is definitely for ages 17 and up. This might not be the most faithful Lovecraft story adaptation ever made but there’s Lovecraftian imagery and atmosphere all over the damn place so if that’s what you’re looking for this is your movie.- Zwahk (Image from themoviedb.org)

Published by Zwahk Muchoney

I'm an eclectic author who hails from the city of Seattle.

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