It's once again time for the annual gorging on horror flicks in anticipation of and setting the proper mood for Halloween, so in case you find yourself in need of a terrific horror film that you haven't yet seen, allow me to recommend DAGON without hesitation, a movie I first saw during my trip home for Thanksgiving back in 2002 or thereabouts (in a double feature with the equally excellent DOG SOLDIERS, but that's a totally different animal). It's rather low on gore and violence, but it has a creep-factor of about 9 out of a possible 10, and if you've ever read any H.P. Lovecraft, it perfectly captures his mood and tone while transplanting the events to a modern day setting. There's a very to-the-point review of it that says everything I would have written about it over at TELEPORT CITY, so check it out if you're intrigued.
DAGON's by the same people who did the superb and much more over-top-gory RE-ANIMATOR and FROM BEYOND (both highly recommended), but it's my favorite of the three for reasons the review nails perfectly. And despite my well-known love of gore, violence and mayhem, give me real, creepy scares and a compelling story over that stuff any day, and I hope we're on the same wavelength about that. But one brief caveat before you read the recommended review: TELEPORT CITY's reviews tend to start of with lengthy preliminary info before they get down to reviewing the movie in question and that's certainly the case with DAGON, but I urge you to read the whole article. The reviewer gives the newbie a crash course in Lovecraft basics and what he writes is both accurate and very funny, so don't skip over it!