Dagon (2001 IMDb)

Categorization

Supernatural horror with modern graphic slasher elements. Based on Lovecraft's The Shadow Over Innsmouth.

Subject

A boat with two couples onboard crashes onto some rocks outside a Spanish fishing village, due to a freak storm. One of the couples gets ashore to summon help, but there's nobody on the streets of the village. They all seem congregated in the local church. The sound of chanting emanates from within, and over the door is written “Esoterica Orde de Dagon.”

Commentary

Heavily modernized and CGIed to hell and back in some scenes. The tension dies at times, particularly when the Miskatonic-graduate hero kicks creature ass with a muddy hubcap, but that is to be expected from any careless filming of HPL. Some modern deconstruction and humour, but not too much, and lots of clichés, including Leatherface syndrome. Absurd fighting sound effects, and a fitting end. Just about the right mix of kitsch and homage.

H. P. Lovecraft movie