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Rawhead Rex (Special Edition) [Blu-ray]
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(Oct 17, 2017)
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A Brand New 4K Restoration! He s pure evil... pure power... pure terror! 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 (Donal McCann, December Bride) decides to plow the field his ancestors knew better than to disturb. The seal is broken and an unspeakable evil is unleashed - on a rampage of blood and lust. Howard Hallenbeck (David Dukes, Gods and Monsters), an American historian on a working vacation with his family, 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. RawHead Rex is on the loose, and he is insatiable as Howard is desperately races against time for a way to stop the vicious monster. Directed by George Pavlou (Transmutations) with a screenplay by horror legend Clive Barker (Hellraiser, Candyman, Nightbreed, Lord of Illusions).
-Brand New 4K Restoration - From the Original Camera Negative
-Audio Commentary with Director George Pavlou, Moderated by Stephen Thrower, the Author of Nightmare USA: The Untold Story of the Exploitation Independents, Murderous Passions; The Delirious Cinema of Jesús Franco and Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci
-Interview with Actor Heinrich von Bünau (Rawhead Rex)
-Interview with Actor Ronan Wilmot (Declan O'Brien)
-Interview with SFX/MU Crew Members Gerry Johnston (SFX Supervisor), Peter Mackenzie Litten (SFX Creature Effects), John Schoonraad (SFX Mould Maker) & Rosie Blackmore (Makeup Artist)
-Interview with Cameraman Sean Corcoran
-Interview with Stephen R. Bissette, co-creator of John Constantine, instructor at the Center for Cartoon Studies
-Booklet Essay by Film Historian Kat Ellinger
-Animated Behind-the-Scenes Image Gallery
-Limited Edition Slipcase of the New Poster Art by Sean Phillips
-5.1 Surround Audio
-Original Theatrical Trailer
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Today, I think it is a little silly, but fun to watch.
There are some decent gore scenes, and RawHead does not discriminate, he kills children too!
(I wish the camera stayed on the farmers face a little longer after Rex chews his face because the makeup looked really good there, but was only shown for a split second)
I understand that Clive Barker was embarassed by this movie, and he did not like the way the monster looked.
Overall, an entertaining horror movie, definately what you want an 80's monster movie to be like.
This one deserves a Bluray/DVD combo from Shout Factory!
Even though the movie is a real cheesefest and the special effects are nothing to write home about, Rawhead Rex has an endearing charm about it that makes it one of my all-time favorite 80s movies. It must have been a good movie for its' time as I've noticed several imitations that have been made(i.e. Grim, among others). It's kinda like Nightbreed, overall- the movie was a real snore...yet there was something about it that made me want to add it to my collection of movies. It's kinda the same thing here. I don't know what makes me like it, I just do.
I'll admit, Rawhead Rex isn't for everyone. It's an acquired taste of irish horror but one I recommend to those that's up to it.
Rawhead Rex, a Primally Pagan, pre-xian creature, worshipped, according to the movie, by ancient peoples as a Dark God, the Lord of Death & Savagery. But he is not without his persuasive charms of fascination. Like Dracula, he possesses powers of mental manipulation, to coerce, & set his victims in awe. An ideal balance betwixed mental & physical might. A Satanimal. Besides the hypnosis, Rawhead is a barbarous beast. A monsterous demon of havoc & chaos. The personafication of Abaddon. He goes about the Irish countryside ripping & tearing his preys asunder, & feasting on their still warm bodies.
The movie is repleat with religious symbolism & folklore. Even upon the stained-glass windows of the church, there lays the Pagan history of the Terrible One. He that was here before the accursed missionaries came. Even the church was built atop a Pagan Templewhich was defaced by monks, but they could never keep this evil down for long. Rawhead bursts from the primal shrine, an obilisk, symbol of fertility & might, onto the earth from below, to horrify the disbelievers, & put them in their low places. "My death fortells My return!"... That they may hear their own heartbeats, pounding fast, so long as their blood doth flow. That they cherish their breaths, for any one could be their last. They are set to run like deer before hungry roaring lions.
The typical irresponsibility of mortals without foresight, who constantly ignore the warnings of the wise, until the great calamity is upon them, at which they stare blankly, with stupified bambi-eyes, into the face of their slayer. Thus, they learn in the harshest of ways.
Rawhead Rex has all the elements that makes a horror show stimulating & entertaining. Fun for the whole family. So fill the air with the sounds of terror & torment... & maybe, if you are fortunate enough, or unfortunate, depending upon the person, or sub-vital, you may attract some of those so-called "evil spirits" that the sanctimonious scumbags hack about.
Don't believe the BS-DP at the end. They put those kinds of ideologically unrealistic endings to prevent people from defecating all over themselves, & again, to preserve them in their little "happy-sunshiney" world. Just another pre-determined, pre-programmed, pacifying outcome. The "meek & the weak will inherit the earth" type of nonsensical bile. This marauding mortifier will give the weak of heart a good cardiovascular workout. Beware, lest Rawhead smell the fear...