Monday, January 9, 2012

DAGON (2001)

A dude, his girlfriend and another couple are traveling around on a sail boat. Off the coast of a remote fishing village, they run into a rock and are forced to go ashore. Once there they discover the inhabitants of the village are a bunch of creepy fish-people that want nothing more than to skin them alive and sacrifice them to their fish god Dagon.

I remember watching DAGON when it first came out in 2001 and liking it quite a bit. I watched it again last night with some friends of mine for this review and we all enjoyed it, but it was much cheaper looking than I remembered and the main character was much dumber than I remembered. Still it's a good film and one of the better based on a H. P. Lovecraft story. This time "The Shadow Over Innsmouth".

That's really about all there is to say. Mild blood and gore, creepy fish people with gills and webbed fingers, very brief nudity, dated as fuck CGI, tentacles, dude getting skinned alive. Overall, it's a good watch, but it's just not grim or oppressive enough to be a successful horror movie. I would be extremely interested to see what a better director could do with this story, based on a much darker script.

Would be an interesting double feature with SOCIETY.