|RAWHEAD REX (director: George Pavlou; screenwriter: from the Clive Barker short story "Books of Blood"; cinematographer: John Metcalfe; editor: Andy Horvitch; music: Colin Towns; cast: David Dukes ( Howard Hallenbeck), Kelly Piper (Elaine Hallenbeck), Hugh O'Connor (Robbie Hallenbeck), Ronan Wilmot (Decian O'Brien), Cora Lunny (Minty Hallenbeck), Heinrich von Schellendorf (Rawhead Rex), Niall O'Brien (Det. Insp. Isaac Gissing), Niall Toibin (Reverend Coot); Runtime: 89; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Kevin Attew; Empire Pictures; 1986-UK)|
unconvincingly dons a rubber-suit and
becomes more risible than frightening."
by Dennis Schwartz
horror pic was beautifully shot in southern
Ireland. Too bad George Pavlou
Devils:The Birth") ineptly directs from a short story
in the third volume of Clive Barkers "Books of Blood,"
ruining what should have been a good monster pic.
rural Ireland a lightning
bolt strikes a nine-foot tall monster, called
Rawhead Rex, buried from the
pre-Christian era, and a farmer inadvertently
revives it by digging it up in his potato field. The
pagan cannibal then goes to the nearby town on a
killing spree, specializing in decapitation. For me
the film's highlight has Rex taking a piss on the
vicar (Ronan Wilmot), to whom the monster ventures
for safety and thereby showing the link Christianity
has with paganism.
David Dukes stars as a
visiting American historian, who is with his wife
Kelly Piper and son Robbie (Hugh
O'Connor) trying to
find his family roots when the monster attacks.
I read the book, which I
found enjoyable. The movie, however, stinks. Barker
disliked the movie intensely and tried to back away
from it. The monster unconvincingly dons a
rubber-suit and becomes more risible than
frightening. Which, I guess, makes this bad monster
film at least unwittingly entertaining.
REVIEWED ON 8/1/2015 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
© ALL RIGHTS RESERVED DENNIS SCHWARTZ