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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

This movie was shot during a freezing cold winter. Moreover, streets and forests had to be hosed down in order to remove snow before certain scenes were shot for the sake of continuity. 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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Soundtracks

The Lord's My Shepherd
Lyrics by Francis Rous
Music by Jessie Seymour Irvine
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Read the short story
20 September 2003 | by Krug StilloSee 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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