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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.

Director:

George Pavlou

Writer:

Clive Barker (screenplay)
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Cast

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

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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

He's Pure Evil. Pure Power. Pure Terror. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

UK | Ireland | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 April 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

RawHeadRex See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£1,500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(uncut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film was initially going to be shot at Bray Studios in England. 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

Reporter: Are there any connections between the murders?
Det. Insp. Isaac Gissing: Yes. They're all dead.
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Featured in What the Devil Hath Wrought (2017) See more »

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The Lord's My Shepherd
Lyrics by Francis Rous
Music by Jessie Seymour Irvine
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No wonder Clive Barker wasn't pleased...
27 April 2006 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

There is a scene in this movie in which someone screams "He is god!", and then we cut to a shot of a big guy in a ridiculous rubber mask. That pretty much sums Rawhead Rex up, as the movie is so completely ridiculous that the audience is never allowed to take it seriously. However, believe it or not; horror fans have a lot to be thankful for when it comes to Rawhead Rex, as it was the crappiness of this movie (and the earlier 'Underworld' by the same director) that lead to Clive Barker's decision to direct Hellraiser himself...and that turned out pretty well. The plot is based on the story by Clive Barker, and features his typical ideas of otherworldly evil. The story takes place in the British countryside, and we follow the idea of a farmer who accidentally unearths a demon. After plaguing the English countryside for a while and upsetting a few people by doing things such as killing children and smashing up kids' toys, it soon becomes apparent that there may be more to this demon than just a daft-looking killing machine, and perhaps the church has the answer...

It's easy to see why Clive Barker wasn't happy with this adaptation of his story. The themes of good against evil and religion are put across rather well, and the story behind Rawhead Rex is full of intrigue. The screenplay isn't bad either, and while the story feels stretched (despite the 85 minute running time), it's usually at least entertaining. The reason why it's brought down if you ask me is almost completely down to the demon itself. After the ridiculous intro scene, it's impossible not to approach every scene that the monster is in without laughing; thus making being scared impossible. The demon at the centre is supposed to be absolute evil...but if absolute evil really did exist, I doubt it would look as silly as it does here. The murder scenes aren't bad, though, and the British countryside bodes well with the story and provides an excellent location for having victims picked off in. I liked the way that the characters speak with thick country accents too; it gives the whole piece a little bit of credibility, which it lacks in so many other areas. Many viewers pass this film off as absolute rubbish, and while the film is terrible; I've got rate it more as a shame than anything. I'd be pleased if Barker himself one day decided to remake it.


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