This book contains 100 reviews. These are some of the scariest horror movies in history. The reviews are sorted in order of preference. The ranking of each film is determined by the sum of 7 ratings: stars, gimmick, rewatchability, story, creativity, acting & quality. Each film description contains a synopsis, a list of attributed genres, moods evoked, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review. These films are not for the squeamish. You have been warned!
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.