Every week, we spotlight a kill that we just can’t get enough of. This is Kill of the Week.
Stuart Gordon sure has brought some unforgettable horror to the screen over the years, huh? Much of Gordon’s work has drawn direct inspiration from the writings of H.P. Lovecraft, including standout gems Re-Animator, From Beyond and Castle Freak.
And then there’s Dagon, released in 2001 and recently crowned by our resident Lovecraft expert Luiz H.C. as his “personal favorite Cthulhu-Mythos-inspired film.”
An adaptation of Lovecraft’s The Shadow Over Innsmouth, the film unleashes full-on Lovecraftian horror on a young man and woman when their boat crashes off the coast of Spain and forces them to seek refuge in a small fishing village… which they discover is in the grips of an ancient sea god and its monstrous half-human offspring.
Eventually, main character Paul meets up with Ezequiel, the last surviving human in the village. Both Paul and Ezequiel are soon captured by the worshipers of Dagon, who chain them up and demand they join the cause. When Ezequiel refuses, well, things don’t turn out so well for him.
In a highly disturbing display of hard-to-watch practical effects, the old man is literally unmasked; his face is carved up and pulled clean off his skull.
When Gordon adapted Lovecraft, things always got pretty gruesome!