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Rawhead Rex (1987)

David Dukes , Kelly Piper , George Pavlou  |  R |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Dukes, Kelly Piper, Cora Venus Lunny, Ronan Wilmot, Niall Toibin
  • Directors: George Pavlou
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Pioneer Ldca Inc.
  • DVD Release Date: April 30, 2002
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000JZJ3
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,797 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rawhead Rex" on IMDb

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From acclaimed horror writer Clive Barker's Books of Blood comes a tale of devastating fright. Rawhead Rex is a demon, alive for millennia, trapped in the depths of hell, and waiting for release. He is held by an ancient seal, imprisoned for centuries in a barren field near the hamlet of Rathmore, Ireland. In time, this gruesome legacy has been forgotten, dismissed as an odd pre-Christian myth until Tom Garron decides to plow the field his ancestors knew better than to disturb. The seal is broken and an unspeakable evil is unleashedd - on a rampage of blood and lust. Howard Hallenbeck, an American historian, discovers on the stained glass windows of a local church a series of scenes illustrating the reign of terror of Rawhead Rex. But the one piece of glass depicting the defeat of the monster is missing. Howard is desperate for an answer - for Rawhead Rex is on the loose, and he is insatiable! David Dukes, Kelly Pipe

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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I love ye'olde Rawhead June 16, 2005
I don't fancy there are too many Irish horror films out there so I'm going to go out on a limb and say this is the best one ever made. Although the monster walks around in army boots and has little glowing Christmas lights for eyeballs I think he looks great! And he tears people's heads off like nobody's business. When I was ten I accidentally stumbled upon this film at a friend's house as we sat down to watch the Ewok Adventure and instead got Rawhead jumping out of a barn and peeling some Irish bloke's face off. I've loved it ever since. Subsequent viewings have lessened the film's appeal for me, but I still think that if you're lucky enough to find Rawhead Rex (the film, not the monster) in a video store don't leave witout it!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Rawhead, that's what they called him...RAWHEAD! April 21, 2001
By Brian
Clive Barker may have written the screenplay for this movie based on his own short story, but Director George Pavlou would not allow him on set during filming or to oversee the creature's design. That notwithstanding, this is still a fairly entertaining horror film.
I caught it on tape way back in 1987 after I'd read the story in "Books of Blood vol. 3". I now own the DVD and, although there are no extras or theatrical trailers to boast of, it does retain a reasonable picture and sound quality. Personally, I like Rawhead's look for this film and have learned to dismiss the nitpicky opinions of others who whine about how artificial he seems to the naked eye with a grain of salt. Pavlou did not obviously have a "Titanic" size budget at his disposal and, you have to remember, we were not at the time this was made able to enjoy the same sophistication of CGI as we do today. This is the kind of movie to watch for the sheer fun of it. The characters, especially that of Verger Declan O'Brien and his maniacal mood swings in the church, keep the film alive and enjoyable.
It won't win any awards for "Best Picture", to be sure, and the written short story is actually better. But, give it a chance.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THEY CALLED HIM RAWHEAD!!! January 23, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Better than Ghoulies 2!
I don't think there's ever been a better movie than Raw Head Rex. A Beautiful Mind? Please! I don't think we'll ever see a character as well developed as Declan O'Brien ever again. And David Dukes? I think those snobs at the Oscar committee overlooked a great talent once again. (Take note, Russell Crowe - THIS is acting!) And I can't say enough about the disturbing trailer-park massacre, or the "surprise" shocker scenes such as Raw Head jumping out from behind some bushes (off-cue) to gnaw off some poor sod's hand. Voila! And those beady, laser-pointer eyes! How did they do that?!! Well, I guess sometimes a film comes along , and everyone else in Hollywood knows that they've got some catching up to do...
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Red meat for monster movie fans July 11, 2003
Ah, a monster movie with cheek! I find so much to admire here. How can you not enjoy it? An American movie team with pretensions of making a classy monster movie would have waited until three-quarters of the way through to show us the monster. Here, Rex pops up in the first minute and starts his carnage. Yeah! Only the British could have made this movie. I was astounded when I found out it was made in 1986. It's got the feel of the Hammer films of the 1970's. Stylish, yet aggressive. The claustrophobic atmosphere of a small, isolated Irish village is captured well. Rex may appear to be on a random killing spree, but slowly his motivations and the overall supernatural situation are revealed to us, like a puzzle coming together. Primal forces of nature and supernature are involved here. The latecomer Christianity is powerless to oppose them. I think those of us who haven't read the original story are better off. From the complaints of those who have read the story, it seems they refer to narrative subtleties that just can't be captured on film. Better to acknowledge the limitations of the medium and proceed accordingly. Many complain about the monster suit. But if you can't appreciate a good cheezy monster suit, then why even watch in the first place? Personally, I thought it was an excellent suit. Very menacing. If you don't come to this loaded down with the baggage of preconceptions and expectations from the short story, then you're in for a grand time. This is a rip-snorting good monster movie, backed up with an intriguing plot. Enjoy!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rawhead Rex was both fun and scary. October 20, 1999
By A Customer
It was a good movie, but the make-up was not the best for a horror film. There are some great shots in the film. It looks very creepy and horrifying. The best part of the film takes place in a trailer park. That is where the horror is at its peak. This is one of the best horror films in the last twenty years. Don't watch it alone, you will not be able to sleep.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheese May 17, 2001
By Karlin
Format:VHS Tape
I think, as movie fans, we often forget that the main objective of a movie is to entertain. Even if you're laughing at how bad it is, you are still entertained. Taking that into account, I found Rex to be thoroughly entertaining. The filming was well done and the plot line was solid. There were truly gorey scences (the spray of blood when he bites the priest was very well done), and many scenes of 'implied horror'. The character development was adequate. I think that the creature was great. I appreciated what they did with limited resources, and found him satifactorily disgusting, if not terrifiying. As a connisseur of American cheese (aka 'B' movies), I found this to be grade A product. I was spooked once, grossed out plenty, and laughed a lot. If you're looking for a horrifying, grab your seat, hide your eyes 'cuz something bad is about to happen kind of movie, this isn't it. If you're looking for an entertaining horror film with decent gross out factor, an interesting plot and subtle humor this is your ticket.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars disk was not properly locked into case glad that the disk still played...
disk was not properly locked into case glad that the disk still played for a rare $80 movie you think they would double check that kind of thing before sending it out
Published 2 months ago by kendra
5.0 out of 5 stars Save some money and go ITALY!!!!
Got mine for $13 and change from Italy right here on Amazon!The quality is great and its region 0 pal which plays on newer dvd players here in the U.S.! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Schizo Kris
1.0 out of 5 stars IT HAD TO BE A WOMAN,
While playing with an ancient Irish monolith, a gas leak happens which causes off colored lightening and releases a rubber headed cannibalistic creature that could be a cross... Read more
Published 9 months ago by The Movie Guy
2.0 out of 5 stars I can save you $289
This movie is severely cut. The efx are really poor, even for the time. RHR looks like an action figure, shot close up.
Read the short story by Clive Barker. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jraptor
4.0 out of 5 stars COOL 80'S MONSTER FLICK
I remember when I was about 6 or 7 I saw this on TV and it really scared me.

Today, I think it is a little silly, but fun to watch. Read more
Published 13 months ago by FILMCRITIC1987
5.0 out of 5 stars Cult Clssic
it gets 5 stars for cult classic movie. Its special effects gets a 4 considering it is an older cult classic. A Demon is freed and pees on a priest. it is Clive Barker movie.
Published 14 months ago by the 64/28Sept20Feb27
4.0 out of 5 stars Rawhead Rex......
A monstrous pagan god's bloody rampage through the Irish countryside is what this tale's about. It's based on the short story by Clive Barker that originally appeared in vol. Read more
Published 18 months ago by blackaciddevil
2.0 out of 5 stars This movie sux
I love all horror movies, especially cheesy 80s ones but this movie is terrible. My mom ranted and raved about it my whole life so i looked and looked for it for years. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Chris Aikens
3.0 out of 5 stars The worst thing to happen to Ireland since potato famine, red hair and...
The worst thing to happen to Ireland since the potato famine, red hair and liver failure. But like these things, at least this made me smile. Read more
Published 19 months ago by John's Horror Corner
5.0 out of 5 stars great customer service
good quality shipped fast and on time the sender was very courteous and helpful.had a problem with the DVD at first but the sender replied back to fix the problem asap.
Published 19 months ago by quincy
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