Thursday, May 14, 2009

Dagon (2001)

This is Stuart Gordon at his absolute best, taking a minuscule budget and producing an outstanding and surreal world out of it. Dagon is a Lovecraft adaptation involving a couple whos boat is marooned on a mysterious island inhabited by strange malformed hedonists that worship Dagon, a god of the sea. The denizens of the town dont take kindly to intruders, and the couple battle to survive against the half-men / half-fish. The setting of Imboca is amazing, setting a brooding mood and atmosphere in a ramshackle town that lives under a never-ending rain cloud. Gordon incorporates deep blue tones and filters along with the constant use of water, which emphasize the importance of the ocean in the film. To reduce costs, the movie was filmed in Spain, with a predominantly Spanish cast, which gives it an authentic and unsettling feeling as compared to a town of Americans with terrible Spanish accents. On top of everything else, the FX work in the film is stunning, offering an amalgamation of different fishmen ranging from subtle webbed fingers to a woman with octopus tentacles for legs to various incarnations in between. The mobs that chase the couple make chilling calls similar to those of the velociraptors in Jurassic Park as they hunt their prey, which combined with the dark setting and claustrophic alley ways of the town makes for suspenseful and frightening chase sequences. Ezra Godden also plays a loveable geek, and though he isnt the best actor, he is excellent in the role and lends credibility to the situation. I hate to compare it to a video game, but Dagon offers the look and feel of Resident Evil 4 in a tight script and beautiful setting. I cant recommend this film enough, it ranks in my Top Ten Underrated Films.

Rating: 9/10.



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4 comments:

  1. the sneering (homo-phobic) snobMay 14, 2009 at 9:08 AM

    agreed, this film was magnificent entertainment.

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  2. I agree. Great film, unique, Gordon can craft original movies that stick in your brain. Chris row B

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  3. I am tempted to put it back on tonight, I friggin love the film more and more with each viewing. Two of my top ten underrated films are Gordons, this and Castle Freak, which is an equally well crafted film

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  4. Yeah, I didn't like it much when it first came out, mainly for two reasons. The lead actor stinks, and I'm a pretty big Lovecraft fan, and wasn't happy with the adaptation.

    Since thwen I have learned to lighten up, and now enjoy it for the fun it is. Castle Freak is also a criminally underrated film!

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