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" DAGON " AND " SOCIETY " SURREALISM And Social Satire

DAGON STUART GORDON & BRIAN YUZNA's SOCIETY


PHOTO FROM STUART GORDON'S " DAGON" HIGH PRIESTESS
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Dagon trailer



Dagon- Answers Prayers Stuart Gordon
The Pagans Win





I received the DVD of STUART GORDON'S "DAGON" (2001). Photo above shows the High Priestess during the last scenes of the film during which she tries to explain to the main character Paul that he must fulfill his destiny & join her as her lover to live in the city or kingdom with Dagon beneath the sea. After watching his girlfriend being mutilated & taken by the monstrous Dagon ,Paul pours gasoline over himself & lights himself on fire. Heroic & defiant hoping at the very least to save his soul since he believes these half-human half-fish creatures are possessed by some demonic force. But as he goes up in flames the Priestess grabs him & they fall into a pit & into the depths of the ocean & they swim off & through the entrance to Dagon's world & Paul seems oblivious of all that has happened just as the Priestess told him he would. So afterall is said & done the story has a rather strange happy ending for our reluctant hero. Now for my money this is a great adaptation of a H.P. Lovecraft story. It captures the surrealistic nightmarish quality of Lovecraft's stories.

PHOTO FROM STUART GORDON'S "DAGON" HIGH PRIEST
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CREATURE FROM "DAGON"
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DISCIPLES OF DAGON ABOUT TO PEEL THE FACE OFF OF A CAPTIVE WHO ALL THE WHILE PRAYS USELESSLY TO HIS CHRISTIAN GOD!!!
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This is one of the interesting play of ideas in "DAGON" & in Lovecraft's stories is that these older Gods or Elder Gods or Deep Ones of his hybrid mythologies seem to be more active in the world than are the forces of Christianity or other traditional religions. Lovecraft believed himself to be a man of science & rationalism & admitted to being an atheist but he had a great imagination & enjoyed creating these bizarre alternate views of reality.

In the film "SOCIETY"(1989) by Brian Yuzna there is also a creation of another form of mythologizing in which the wealthiest members of society are in fact a different species from Homo Sapiens. They either evolved along a different line to humans or are some kind of alen life-form that has been on Earth for as long as humans & now feed off humans as if we were cattle. The last scenes of the film are some of the most bizarre & extremely graphic as a large group of the members of "SOCIETY" take part in an orgiastic group melding & morphing of their slippery gooey putty like-flesh as they absorb & devour a shocked & terrified teenager. But the crude no-holds barred ending is quite shocking & disturbingly funny.

Bye for now,
GORD

Beyond Re-Animator 2003


JEFFREY COMBS IN BEYOND-RE-ANIMATOR (2003)
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SCENE FROM " BEYOND-RE-ANIMATOR" (2003)
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PHOTO OF DECAPITATED DR. HILL IN RE-ANIMATOR (1985)
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Beyond Re-animator(2003) is a very strange film it combined Bride of Re-animator with a prison riot ala Natural Born Killers & then it decides to get weird to the extreme. It is a fun romp.

In this sequel to Bride of Re-Animator & the original Re-Animator Dr. Herbert West is this time in prison for the murders committed in the earlier films fourteen years ago & is working in the infirmary & still doing experiments to discover how to bring the dead back to life. West is now trying to capture the energy or life force which is lost at the time of death . This idea was explored in the film The ASPHYX (1973) . West believes that if he can capture this essence then he can re-animate someone with their life-force or soul intact. This is used in the film for a comical effect as the essence of a rat is injected into the prison’s warden who becomes more & more rat-like. At the end of the film there is a fight between a rat & a severed penis which is a tasteless bit of over-the-top humour.

The sadistic warden goes insane & tortures & murders prisoners during the riot in the prison but to prolong their suffering he injects them with the new serum so that those he hangs from the ceiling are unable to die outright & are kept alive while continuing to suffer.

One of the prisoners who is a drug addict & is always scheming to get more drugs from the doctor gets a hold of West’s elixir or re-agent & injects a massive overdose of the stuff but even after his body is turned into a living grossed out looking corpse of jellied flesh he still asks West for more of the elixir.

This film for me was just suitably bizarre enough for my taste. It was not completely satisfying but it was good for a second sequel to the original Re-Animator (1985).


POSTER OF BRIAN YUZNA'S " BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR"
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Most of the reviews I have read about this series of films praise the original Re-Animator & criticize Bride of Re-Animator for not being as good as the original. After watching these films a number of times I find I am in disagreement with this assessment of the films. In fact I prefer Bride of Re-Animator more than the original. The sequel is a lot funnier & weirder.

I found the original Re-animator too slow & talky with a lot of scenes that were too drawn out like those between the love interest & West’s assistant.
There were also scenes which made little sense & probably should have been cut.
Below is a photo of Dr. Hill's decapitated head just before the notorious & sickening sex scene between the head & the young woman who is being held down by her re-animated father. ( That scene is usually deleted from the various versions of the film)

HEAD OF DR. HILL LUSTING AFTER BARBARA CRAMPTON IN " RE-ANIMATOR " (1985)
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In Bride of Re-Animator Dr. Hill’s head is brought back into the action & after being re-animated by a pathologist he gets him to put bat wings onto his severed head . So we get a few scenes of Dr. Hill’s head flying around & threatening Herbert West.
We also get a twisted finale in which Herbert West’s failed experiments attack him in an abandoned crypt in the cemetery adjacent to their house.
There is also the story of the police detective who’s wife was sort of but not quite completely killed during the Miskatonic Massacre. The detective is upset that his wife is not quite dead & is snooping around trying to find out what really happened on that night nine months previously. But we discover that the detective was physically abusing his wife & murdered her & that’s how she ended up in the morgue. And so the detective gets his just reward turned into a grotesque zombie who beats the their pet dog up against the fire-place & he is then killed by his re-animated dead wife .
And then it gets weird. When the pieced together re-animated bride comes to life the scene is done as a homage to James Whale's Bride of Frankenstein. But she realizes it is not her that West's assistant wants but the dead Meg of the first film so she tears herself to pieces.

Herbert West: " My God they are using tools" refering to the re-animated creatures who want to destroy Herbert West for what he has done to them.

Bride of Re_Animator " My god...they're using tools!" Brian Yuzna Producer




Re-Animator Trailer



Bride of Re-Animator 1990 Brian Yuzna Producer Trailer



also worthy of mention are " DOLLS "and "Return of the Living Dead III "

DOLLS: is just a fun romp in the old haunted house filled with malicious animated dolls which were once human. It is funny and twisted and gorey and in the end a " morality tale ".



Brian Yuzna :Return of the Living Dead III 1993-trailer



Unlike the first two installments of this series this one is not played so much for laughs but ends up as a hard-core nasty and thought provoking film.The last part of the film is grotesque, gorey and genuinely disturbing . We begin to feel some pity for the resurrected zombies who are being turned into obedient soldiers for the military.Which of them we wonder is truly evil . The Zombies are merely acting according to their instincts and have no choice. So it returns to the major themes of George A.Romeros classic ultra-violent, brutal, gorey , gross and disturbing series of Living Dead films . And it does not have a happy ending.




Another great site on Horror Movies is BLOODY -DISGUSTING .COM
www.bloody-disgusting.com/

and ESPLATTER-The Guide to Modern Horror Movies
www.esplatter.com/

HORROR THEATER VIDEO
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horror movies .ca : The Ultimate Horror Movie Database
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