Dagon (2001)

If you are a horror fan, then chances are that you have ran into the works of H.P Lovecraft, one of the most iconic authors of horror/fantasy/weird/cool/messed up fiction, sci-fi and poetry of the twentieth century, and after whom a whole subgenre of horror has been named, due to inspiring some of the best and most original films to this day; a mere seventy six years after he became worm food.

Lovecraftian horror encompasses many of the best films I’ve seen as a horror buff, whether they are vaguely inspired or adapted directly from his works, such as Re-animator, The Dunwich Horror, Castle Freak, and any flick that has their characters stirring up trouble by casting spells from the Necronomicon (A fictional grimoire that hit such a note with fans, and modern day occultists that the published versions are in some circles actually used as a resource. Now that my friend, is a writer!), such as the Evil Dead franchise.

Now that is boomstick generated high five, right there.

Probably his most famous and iconic creation was the giant sea creature Cthulu, for who a whole mythos was created, and from its first appearance in the short story The Call of Cthulu, featured in many of his works, and became part of the very culture of his work.

Dagon is adapted from the short stories Dagon, and The Shadow Over Innsmouth, and follows two couples on a boating holiday off the coast of Spain, who run aground and are forced to take refuge on the nearby island of Imboca. The people are strange, not very talkative, and happen to worship a blood thirsty fish god, who demands sacrifices and women to impregnate, in return for gold and big healthy hauls for the fisherman.

The perils of late internet bookings eh?

Dagon is an absolute work of art. A perfect blend of fantasy and pants wetting horror that plays out with such slow and intense build up that the ending is a terrible joy to behold. Though the lead actor is rather wooden in places, you are with him on every step of his tragic and oh so creepy journey to his watery destiny, and the FX is both captivating and sickening, with some unforgettable scenes of gore that I have not seen matched to this day. Whether you are a Lovecraft devotee or just a horror addict, Dagon will not disappoint; for its intelligent, atmospheric homage to the mind of a genius is entertainment at its best.

So just remember kids, if it has gills, and there’s slight scent of seaweed about the situation; you can probably assume that something fishy is going on …
Fish puns, yeah.

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