Arrow Films

SOMEONE HAS AWAKENED HIM

Adapted for the screen by acclaimed horror writer Clive Barker (Hellraiser, Nightbreed) from his short story of the same name, Rawhead Rex sees a hulking, ancient demon tearing a bloody swathe across the Irish countryside.

When an unsuspecting farmer pulls up a stone column embedded in a barren field, he accidentally unleashes hell by freeing Rawhead Rex – a hulking monster that has been trapped there for thousands of years. With the seemingly unstoppable demon rampaging through the local village, American historian Howard Hallenbeck is faced with the task of putting Rawhead back in the ground for good. 

The first of several films to be adapted from Barker’s seminal Books of Blood series, Rawhead Rex has garnered a strong cult following over the years – now clawing its way to the surface in a stunning new 4K restoration from the original camera negative. 

Special Features

  • Brand new 4K restoration from the original camera negative 
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original Uncompressed Stereo and 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio 
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing 
  • Audio commentary with director George Pavlou, moderated by author Stephen Thrower
  • Call Me Rawhead – an interview with actor Heinrich von Bünau
  • What the Devil Hath Wrought – an interview with actor Ronan Wilmot
  • Rawhead FX – featurette bringing together interviews with creature effects artists Peter Mackenzie Litten and John Schroonraad, special effects supervisor Gerry Johnson, second unit cameraman Sean Corcoran and make-up artist Rosie Blackmore 
  • Interview with cameraman Sean Corcoran
  • Rawhead Rising – artist Stephen R. Bissette on the aborted Rawhead Rex graphic novel adaptation 
  • Animated behind-the-scenes image gallery
  • Original Trailer 
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Wes Benscoter
studio:
Arrow Video
Run Time:
86 minutes
Director:
George Pavlou
Certificate:
15
Actor:
David Dukes

Kelly Piper

Hugh O'Conor

Cora Venus Lunny

Ronan Wilmot

Niall Toibin

Niall O'Brien

Heinrich von Schellendorf

Donal McCann
Subtitle Languages:

English SDH

Theatrical Release Year:
1986
Main Language:
English
Number of Discs:
1
Region:
B
Brand:
Arrow Video

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Arrow Films

SOMEONE HAS AWAKENED HIM

Adapted for the screen by acclaimed horror writer Clive Barker (Hellraiser, Nightbreed) from his short story of the same name, Rawhead Rex sees a hulking, ancient demon tearing a bloody swathe across the Irish countryside.

When an unsuspecting farmer pulls up a stone column embedded in a barren field, he accidentally unleashes hell by freeing Rawhead Rex – a hulking monster that has been trapped there for thousands of years. With the seemingly unstoppable demon rampaging through the local village, American historian Howard Hallenbeck is faced with the task of putting Rawhead back in the ground for good. 

The first of several films to be adapted from Barker’s seminal Books of Blood series, Rawhead Rex has garnered a strong cult following over the years – now clawing its way to the surface in a stunning new 4K restoration from the original camera negative. 

Special Features

  • Brand new 4K restoration from the original camera negative 
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original Uncompressed Stereo and 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio 
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing 
  • Audio commentary with director George Pavlou, moderated by author Stephen Thrower
  • Call Me Rawhead – an interview with actor Heinrich von Bünau
  • What the Devil Hath Wrought – an interview with actor Ronan Wilmot
  • Rawhead FX – featurette bringing together interviews with creature effects artists Peter Mackenzie Litten and John Schroonraad, special effects supervisor Gerry Johnson, second unit cameraman Sean Corcoran and make-up artist Rosie Blackmore 
  • Interview with cameraman Sean Corcoran
  • Rawhead Rising – artist Stephen R. Bissette on the aborted Rawhead Rex graphic novel adaptation 
  • Animated behind-the-scenes image gallery
  • Original Trailer 
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Wes Benscoter
studio:
Arrow Video
Run Time:
86 minutes
Director:
George Pavlou
Certificate:
15
Actor:
David Dukes

Kelly Piper

Hugh O'Conor

Cora Venus Lunny

Ronan Wilmot

Niall Toibin

Niall O'Brien

Heinrich von Schellendorf

Donal McCann
Subtitle Languages:

English SDH

Theatrical Release Year:
1986
Main Language:
English
Number of Discs:
1
Region:
B
Brand:
Arrow Video

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Rawhead Rex is a head-rippingly gory, old school 80s monster movie!

At the time of Rawhead Rex's original, somewhat limited release, the boisterous, Clive Barker-penned preternatural pagan monster movie was somewhat indifferently received, merely earning 5 measly skulls in Chas Balun's immortal Deep Red Horror Handbook, but happily the recent 4K Blu-ray restoration blood-spatteringly belies its beastly reception to riotously reveal a head-rippingly gory, old school monster movie about a hellaciously hefty sinfully-spawned pre-Christian deity hell-bent on the sanguinary slaughter of any poor unfortunate anthropoids that fatefully come under the diabolic, red-eyed thrall of his murderous majesty King Wrong, Rawhead Rex, one of the most monstrously majestic B-Movie behemoths to so gruesomely disgrace the silver scream! Capable director George Pavlou's grossly undervalued, full-blooded monster movie benefits greatly from being set within the evocative, old world environs of rural Country Wicklow, Ireland, and celebrated horror icon Clive Barker's quality text, while not always consistently scintillating, is pacey, playfully blasphemous, and generously replete with richly animated characters, especially fascinating is the delectably villainous verger Declan, maniacally performed with a bravura Klaus Kinski-esque intensity that is both hysterical, and palpably macabre, his increasingly febrile madness making a delightful foil to his sinisterly silent, skull-crushing master, the sabre-toothed terror titan Rawhead Rex, who, once freed from his Monolith-weighted grave lustily embarks upon a gratuitously gory, gut-rippingly relentless rampage, part 50s Drive-In rubber monster movie schlock, part fearsome folk horror with the grisly good, super splattery set-pieces given additional pep by maestro composer Colin Towns tremendously effective, sadly underappreciated score. 'Rawhead Rex' (1986), while admittedly somewhat flawed, is far from declawed, still proving to be quite the feral B-Movie beast!

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