Robots & Horror

Robots are machines capable of carrying complex actions. They can be autonomous or semi-autonomous, they can be cyborgs or androids, and they are often driven by artificial intelligence. They are a major archetype of horror movies. In this book, film critic Steve Hutchison reviews and ranks 50 of the best horror movies featuring robots ever released. How many have you seen?

Dagon

A boating accident runs a couple ashore where they discover a strange fishing community.
Big Plot Twist
Creature Feature

 

Spain
2001
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Character Focus: 
Otherness Film
Cultist Film
Mutant Film
Cultists: 
Guru
Worshipper
Tribal
Trickster: 
Impostor
Lurer
Catastrophes: 
Crash
Fire
Storm
Flood
6
Gods almighty!
6
5.04
7.04
6
2
3
3
Ambiance
Effects
Plot
Every time I watch this, I experience disorientation and helplessness, the way our protagonists probably do from the moment they set foot in that immersive Spanish coastal village. Despite the title, the plot is actually based loosely on H. P. Lovecraft's novella “The Shadow Over Innsmouth” rather than his earlier short story "Dagon". This is one of the most Lovecraftian horror films out there.
Dennis Paoli is writing and Stuart Gordon directing, so this film is certainly worth your attention. It’s neither their best nor worst achievement, and, nightmare sequences aside, it is pretty damn good. It looks and feels like nothing else I’ve seen. Dagon appears right out of Lovecraft’s mind, and it’s not for everyone. You almost need to know where it’s coming from to fully appreciate it.
Some scenes; background stories in particular, are appalling. Again, Dagon is one for the fans. It invests in mythos at the cost of better pacing. Some of you are going to geek out with this one, and some will look at the timer while scratching their heads. The film has an unusual structure, and it can be anticlimactic. Loved the aquatic vibe, though. Loved the creature effects.
Alternate Titles: 
The Lost Island
H.P. Lovecraft's Dagon
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