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I hope you like kalamari, because Dagon is the Greatest Movie EVER!
Click on the movie poster or the title above to download our review of the film, featuring Clarissa from Anime World Order.
This movie contains:
The Great Old Ones think you smell fantastic.
No comments yet? So I’m not the only one waiting until they go back to work on Monday before listening?
In any case, I only saw bits and pieces of this film when it was on TV, but I remember being disappointed that they had updated it to modern times and turned it into little more than another “teens get killed by crazy mutant backwoods family” pic.
I was surprised Michael Berryman wasn’t in it.
You should listen to the podcast. It might make you look at the film in a new light, especially if you haven’t seen the movie in its entirety.
When I first saw Dagon, I actually thought Michael Berryman was in it; there’s a dude that bears a strong resemblance to him, but it’s not him.
I’ve noticed that the co-hosts so far are familiar with Lovecraft and his mythos. Will this be the same with the other co-hosts? I’d be curious to see what a non-fan of Lovecraft thinks about the material
Hey Paul in response to the comments on the last podcast I just wanted to say I didn’t mean to come off as telling you “What you can or can’t say” on your podcast. I was just making an observation I did not mean to insult. I think its fair to say that if anyone dislikes your podcasting we’ll simply stop listening. There is no need to flame you. Anyways thanks for being cool and actually responding to our comments.
Hey it’s on Netflix streaming all of a sudden! Is this your doing, Paul?
This movie, if not the CGI, ages remarkably well, and gets better every time I watch it.
As to the updating for modern times — remember, when Lovecraft wrote the original, it wasn’t a period piece. It was set in modern times. So why not do the same?
And the Spanish setting — it works really well, though I imagine coastal Spain is less mysterious to Spaniards than it is to us and people who played Resident Evil 4. The reason for it, though, was one of those happy coincidences where necessity gave us an artistic boon. Gordon’s sometimes producer-collaborator, Brian Yuzna, started a production company in Spain, because it was pretty much the only place he could find that would give him any money. And the deal was that he has to shoot in Spain, and use a lot of local cast and crew. Thus, you get movies like this (which might have been the first for the company), Beneath Still Waters, and though they try to pass it off otherwise, Beyond Re-Animator. It worked out well for Dagon, and I’m glad they went with that angle, instead of trying to pass it off as New England (as they did in Beyond Re-Animator).
There was some SyFy movie that tried to pass off winding, Gothic, medieval looking Prague as Cleveland, which might be my favorite attempt at location sleight of hand ever.
This movie was great. Saw it a couple of years ago when I was on my ‘Lovecraft’ kick. Completely grossed me out. Drawn out skin peeling = quite grotesque. Can’t wait to watch reanimator!
Wonder what’s coming up next?? I’m hoping for ‘In the Mouth of Madness’
Don’t you think of gothis when you see Cleveland?
I like to think of Cleveland as “Little Detroit.”