October 31st, 2001



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Based on a short story by H.P. Lovecraft, the undisputed master of the macabre, Dagon tells the story of Paul Marsh...

Release Year: 2001

Rating: 6.2/10 (7,187 voted)

Director: Stuart Gordon

Stars: Ezra Godden, Francisco Rabal, Raquel Meroño

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...

Writers: H.P. Lovecraft, Dennis Paoli

Ezra Godden - Paul Marsh
Francisco Rabal - Ezequiel
Raquel Meroño - Bárbara
Macarena Gómez - Uxía Cambarro
Brendan Price - Howard
Birgit Bofarull - Vicki
Uxía Blanco - Madre Ezequiel / Ezequiel's Mother
Ferran Lahoz - Sacerdote / Priest
Joan Minguell - Xavier Cambarro
Alfredo Villa - Capitán Orfeo Cambarro / Captain Orpheus Cambarro
José Lifante - Recepcionista Hotel / Desk Clerk
Javier Sandoval - Padre Ezequiel / Ezequiel's Father
Victor Barreira - Ezequiel Joven / Young Ezequiel
Fernando Gil - Sacerdote Católico / Catholic Priest
Jorge Luis Pérez - Chico / Boy


Official Website: Fantastic Factory | Official Fantastic Factory Site |

Release Date: 31 October 2001

Filming Locations: Combarro, Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain

Box Office Details

Budget: $4,800,000 (estimated)

Gross: €212,699 (Spain) (10 August 2002)

Technical Specs

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Did You Know?

The H.P. Lovecraft quote shown just before the credits is a paraphrasing of the last line of "The Shadow Over Innsmouth", the story that most of the movie is based on: "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."

Anachronisms: When the storm is approaching towards the ship, the sky gets dark quickly, but in other shots the sky is clearly blue and with a bright sun.

Uxía Cambarro: I still have human feelings.

User Review

The first H.P. Lovecraft movie

Rating: 10/10

While it's not technically the *first* Lovecraft film, "Dagon" still has the honor of being the first actual adaption of one of his stories, rather than existing in the 'Lovecraft-inspired' genre.

I think I speak for everyone when I say that a good straight-forward Lovecraft film has been a long time coming. Sure, "Re-Animator" was a great quirky homage, but we've also suffered through more "Unnammables" and "Lurking Fears" than one can point a shotgun at!

Adapted from "The Shadow Over Innsmouth," this film actually does justice to Lovecraft's rich universe. Die-hard fans will no doubt go nuts when they see that every bit of the 'Deep Ones' mythos has been preserved. "Dagon" also marks the first time Cthulu is ever mentioned in a film (unless you count "Cthulu Mansion." Heh heh.)

While it doesn't contain the high production values needed to properly execute every aspect of Lovecraft, the film still looks damn good considering it's microscopic budget. This is the best looking Lovecraft film we're apt to see, as Hollywood won't touch this material with a ten-foot pole.

Sure, a few of the elements look cheap and the acting delivers its share of ham (does anyone understand a word Pablo Rabal is saying?!?!), but Stuart Gordon still succeeds in making "Dagon" an entertaining (and sometimes creepy) foray into one of history's greatest horror authors.


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