It's major flaw is its low budget, which results in some unconvincing special effects. But other than that (and Ezra Godden being annoying in the lead) this is a pretty top-notch horror film. Fast-paced with sharply-crafted suspense, its smart and original, and knows when to go for gore and creature spectacle and when to hold back. Once again, Gordon has produced one of the best Lovecraft adaptations out there.
One of the finest cinematic outputs that's loosely based on H.P. Lovecraft. It captures the ideas of mankind and humanism being an obsolete, in a way that is horrifying as the author's descriptions usually try to achieve. If it was filmed on a larger budget, it could easily end up as Lovecraft's "The Shining". Otherwise, it feels too often more like late Argento, although some make-up effects are exceptional.
More like 2,5, this one is actually on the brink of being almost a decent Lovecraft-flick. I liked the feel of the rainy claustrophobic streets and the chanty music with good ol' 'iä 'iä rantlings. Too bad about the budget & some godawful acting. Much wasted potential here.
Unlike Gordon's other Lovecraft adaptations Dagon is lacking a sense of humour to go along with the gore. The fact that the budget seemed so low didn't help (awful special effects). And the acting was pretty sub-par. In the end It had some good moments but all in all it's a half-baked film.
Basso budget,poche cose ma che funzionano.Lo straniamento che causa il villaggio dura per tutto il film,ogni cosa sembra inspiegabile ed è questo che lo rende un horror di qualità,specie una trasposizione di Lovecraft.Effetti di livello terra terra(anche se lo strappo della faccia è fantastico,sembra Fulci),ma quello che funziona è l'atmosfera creata dalla messa in scena.Un buon .Gordon