Psychotronic Challenge: 1 2 3 4 CLIVE - Rawhead Rex (1987)


Clive Barker, the name is engraved in every horror fan with classics such as Hellraiser, Night Breed and Candyman along with many novels and video game projects. As long as he has the sovereignty of where his terrifying characters go, he will be proud to place his name on anyone's project that's based on his stories. Unfortunately, This film that he wrote is heavily frowned upon to his stern eyes.


Rawhead Rex is A fantasy horror film. The 2nd collaborated project with director George Pavlou and written by Clive Barker (first project together was Transmutations in 1985). Based on one of Clive Barker's stories by the same name in the novel Book Of Blood Vol. 3. Rawhead Rex is about A large demon god that was imprisoned underground in Ireland breaks out and causes havoc to the nearest town.


Protagonist, Howard played by David Dukes (Dawson's Creek, Rose Red) encounters Rawhead Rex in the wrong time while on vacation in Ireland with his family and tries to figure out how to stop it from causing chaos to every civilization it destroys. While dealing with the deadly creature, he also must face the safety of his family, getting help from authorities and a possessed priest that seems to really try to act like A crazed Nicholas Cage.


The film has a familiar setting and visuals if they're a fan of 80's horror. They throw you a mixed cocktail environment of such films like An American Werewolf In London with A small blend of Clive Barkers knowledge of Celtic folklore and a dash of his horror content. This film still feels like it has been touched by the hands of Clive Barker.


This film doesn't explain what the premise is, the history of the monster or even why does it cause destruction now of all days. Although, I don't believe every film needs to explain what the origins were of any killer / monster and why it's killing people. I'm a fan of this concept cause the unknown is even scarier to approach.


As for the Rawhead Rex monster, if you're a fan of practical effects costumes and Power Ranger super sentai-esque monsters, then this is an absolute film for you. What's even more amazing is that the monster costume took four weeks to create and it was finished with as A one piece costume with latex skin. The Monster had a Babylonian look, covered all in fur except for it's chest and Rawhead (Badap-Bing), glowing red eyes and teeth about half the size of it's head. Actor Peter Mayhew who played Chewbacca in Star Wars was considered to be in the Rawhead Rex costume, but his fee was too high. So they hired an actor named Heinrich Von Schellendorf to play Rawhead Rex. Heinrich worked out for two months to get in shape to get into the costume.


Sadly, Clive Barker hated this film. He believed the scenes of the film were weak and they changed a few things that he wrote on the script. We do have to give credit for this film due to after the disappointing lack of creativity in Clive Barker's opinion, this film motivated him to jump to being A writer and director for his 80's classic film Hellraiser. He may not like the film and wished his name wasn't on the credits, but I enjoyed it. I would have fun watching this film from either having A good drunk night with friends or sober and loving 80's nostalgia as much as I always do.




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