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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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Details

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

The special effects team only had four weeks to make the Rawhead Rex costume. Moreover, the Rawhead Rex costume was done as a single piece with latex skin. 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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Connections

Referenced in Found (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

The Lord's My Shepherd
Lyrics by Francis Rous
Music by Jessie Seymour Irvine
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Rawhead Rex and the forgotten monster horror genre.
30 April 2011 | by Excaliber82See all my reviews

So the year is 2011 and time has not been kind to poor old Rawhead Rex (1986) and the monster horror genre in general.

Anyone who has read Clive Barker's short story Rawhead Rex knows that this is a downright disturbing and wicked tale. The monster Rawhead has sexual issues, he hates women, he pisses on priests and has an appetite for eating small children/babies. However, all these awful things are what makes the story such a page turner and adds more depth to what would otherwise be a mindless monster work.

The movie Rawhead Rex (1986) suffers from a very low budget. The main offender is Rawhead's mask itself. Its cheap rubber with little to no animatronics and the rubber shakes as the actor tries to move quickly. A higher budget would have done this monster so much justice, if only a creature master like Stan Winston had gotten involved, this would have been a whole different movie experience.

I would love to see Rawhead Rex remade today with all the trimmings, but unfortunately Hollywood is a complete mess. Bad actors are thrown into quick PG-13 horror crap fests and CGI technology has become the only main focus of everything.

I think it's time for someone to step up to the plate and re-boot the monster movie genre. Rawhead Rex could be an action/monster movie extravaganza if remade correctly. Hollywood simply refuses to take any chances and because of this, the horror genre is more or less dead. In the end, Rawhead Rex is still an enjoyable monster flick for the bored late night horror buff. But it just doesn't measure up to the more well-made 80s monster classics like "Pumpkinhead".


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