Bursting from beneath thunderstruck Earth, “Rawhead Rex” shares more with the rubber-suit monster movies of yore than his much darker cousins the cenobites from “Hellraiser” that were both spawned from Clive Barker’s” Books of Blood.”
Director George Pavlou took the ancient pagan God from Barker’s script and transformed him into a nine foot tall punk rock ogre. An unstoppable force, moving at full ramming speed across the Irish countryside, no man, no child, no trailer park, and especially no priest, can withstand his unholy rampage.
Although lacking the sophistication and seriousness of “Hellraiser,” Rawhead does share a few threads of connective tissue. Through the cartoony chaos, Barker still manages to touch upon familiar subjects of his writing including religion, sex, violence, and female empowerment.
Underappreciated and unfortunately maligned (even by Barker himself), “Rawhead Rex” is due for a reappraisal…or more accurately, to be discovered by a new audience. So let this big lug of a beast into your heart before he rips your head off.
West Coast Premiere
Director: George Pavlou
Country: United States
Runtime: 89 minutes
Double Feature with HELLRAISER
*You only need to buy one ticket to see both films*
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Hosts Josh and Sebastian conjured Friday Night Frights in the winter of 2010 with the simple ghoulish goal of showcasing horror cinema the way it is meant to be seen, on the big screen with an audience of shrieking and laughing weirdos. And to do so year-round, so the Halloween good times never need to end. Now seven years, and 200-plus horror movies later, Friday Night Frights rages on as Los Angeles’ premiere (i.e., only) horror screening series. They’ve run the gamut of the genre, showing movies old and new, obscure and beloved, and bringing in the filmmakers, actors, and FX artists to share in the love. But they feel their crowning achievement may have been the cast and crew reunion the world didn’t realize it desperately needed of Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest.