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Rawhead Rex (1986)

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.

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Niall O'Brien ...
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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, while a man struggles to stop it.

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Hugh O'Conor and Cora Venus Lunny both receive "introducing" credits See more »

Goofs

The police have "Police" on their body Armour. Since this film is set in Ireland, they should be known as "Garda". See more »

Quotes

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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That Eastertide With Joy Was Bright
Lyrics by John M. Neale
Music by Michael Praetorius and George Ratcliffe Woodward
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20 September 2003 | by (South Wales) – See all my reviews

The short story Rawhead Rex is a gory and stomach churning piece of literature appearing in Clive Barker's Books of Blood Volume 3. Reading it one sees the possibilities of a good old fashioned monster on the loose movie. Unfortunately, most of the graphic violence of the story is removed from the film that followed. Although many of the character details remain the same, except that the protagonist and his family are Londoners instead of Americans in the short story. The setting, score, a few actors and the occasional scare make the films worth seeing for true Clive Barker completists. Be warned, what does make the proceedings less alluring is the fact that Rawhead himself is a great disappointment; the direction somewhat poor and from a script by Barker himself I expected more. Not even in league with his superior Hellraiser, effective Candyman or intriguing Nightbreed. Though I must admit I must've seen this film about eight times since it was initially released.

Trivia note: The mother of the American Family is the actress who plays the nurse Joe Spinell skewers in Maniac.


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