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Ireland will never be the same after Rawhead Rex, a particularly nasty demon, is released from his underground prison by an unwitting farmer. The film follows Rex's cross country rampage, ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Howard Hallenbeck
Kelly Piper ...
Elaine Hallenbeck
Robbie Hallenbeck
Cora Venus Lunny ...
Minty Hallenbeck (as Cora Lunny)
Ronan Wilmot ...
Declan O'Brien
Reverend Coot
Niall O'Brien ...
Det. Insp. Isaac Gissing
Heinrich von Schellendorf ...
Rawhead Rex
Tom Garron
Eleanor Feely ...
Jenny Nicholson
Gladys Sheehan ...
Ena Benedict
Madelyn Erskine ...
Alice Gibson
Gerry Walsh ...
Dennis McHugh
Noel O'Donovan ...
Mitch Harney
John Olohan ...
Dennis Nicholson


Ireland will never be the same after Rawhead Rex, a particularly nasty demon, is released from his underground prison by an unwitting farmer. The film follows Rex's cross country rampage, while a man struggles to stop it. Written by K.L.

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Release Date:

17 April 1987 (USA)  »

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Det. Insp. Isaac Gissing: Obviously we'd appreciate your assistance.
Howard Hallenbeck: Well, I've given your man here everything. Every sickening detail. We've done maps, we've done drawings.
Detective: [looking at the crude drawings of Rawhead Rex] It's the same as what the boy saw, sir.
Det. Insp. Isaac Gissing: God, what is it?
Howard Hallenbeck: [sarcastically, referring to an earlier conversation] Of course, darkness can be deceptive.
Det. Insp. Isaac Gissing: I was wrong. I'll grant you that.
Howard Hallenbeck: Oh, thanks.
Det. Insp. Isaac Gissing: Believe me, we're gonna find your son's killer. The valley's being searched by armed officers. We'll find it.
Howard Hallenbeck: ...
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Lyrics by John M. Neale
Music by Michael Praetorius and George Ratcliffe Woodward
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A fun monster flick!
16 December 2004 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I remembered seeing this picture when I was very young & liking it so when I spotted it at my local pawn shop I bought it. And although the film was not as incredible as it was back then (The film did have it's slow spots) all in all it still turned out to be the awesome horror flick I remembered. Based on a novel by Clive Barker (He also wrote the screenplay for this) The story centers on an ancient demon that use to rule the earth, that was defeated & sent back to the very bowels of hell, whom is accidentally unearthed in a village near Ireland. Upon it's release, it hypnotizes people to be it's servants & goes around ripping up the usual humans that happen to stumble upon him in the woods. The monster himself in particular is terrifying, with it's glowing red eyes, quick speed, huge teeth & it's unearthly growls. Horror fans should have a fine time. What a shame Rawhead never came back for a RAWHEAD REX 2! Directed by GEORGE PAVLOU whom also helmed another Clive Barker project called TRANSMUTATIONS & like that film, Clive later disowned this.

***1/2 (stars)

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