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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.

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Someone has awakened him. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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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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

Clive Barker hated the film. His dissatisfaction inspired him to take a more central role when making Hellraiser. 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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That Eastertide With Joy Was Bright
Lyrics by John M. Neale
Music by Michael Praetorius and George Ratcliffe Woodward
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These Reviews Floor Me!
28 April 2002 | by mlevansSee all my reviews

"Rawhead Rex" was one of several "unknown" films I prided myself on "discovering" during the late 1980s, when friends would visit for a day or four. I seemed to have a knack (seemingly lost, now!) to pick out videos I had never heard of, which turned out to be surprisingly quite good. Rawhead Rex was one of these.

I found it a quite riveting, scary movie. As with almost all horror movies, I thought a few things could have been done better. Still, Rex was infinitely more satisfying to me than a number of present-day "horror" flicks which center on someone hacking people up with a knife for no apparent reason or which drift confusingly between reality and halucination.

I thought the monster looked pretty convincing -- then again, I was weaned in the pre-Speilberg era. I have to agree with the reviewer who said the scene where Rex kills the farmer in the shed and the wife sees him from the kitchen window, then tries to hide, is quite scary. So was the boy glancing up from his comic books in the van, to see Rex standing outside.

I loved the touches with the stained glass puzzle & the chief detective's stunned "I'll be d****, the Yank was right" when he looks at the horrific crayon drawing made by the young survivor of the trailer park attack, too stunned to speak. (The severed arm was a very nice touch, too.)

Anyone who thinks Rawhead Rex was "hilarious," is no horror fan. It may not have been one of the genre's best efforts ever, but it was one of a number of very meaty horror flicks of the 1980s which are still have plenty bite today (pun intended)!


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